Bremmer’s land

Mute swan (Cygnus olor).

Bremmer’s land (“Landje van Bremmer”) is a small pasture in Oegstgeest at the Leiden border close to where I live. It is adjacent to a park belonging to castle “Endegeest”, and next to a eco plant nursery: “De Groene Cirkel” (The Green Cirkel). So far I was able to get a decent picture of more than 20 species of bird I found in this area.

In this post I show a few of those pictures. Click on them for a larger view, or an album.



Long-tailed bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus).


There are a lot of small birds that can be heard while contemplating what is happening on the meadow, but they are often hard to find. Sometimes one decides to make a brief appearance in a nearby tree.





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One of the hunters on Bremmer’s land, the Blue Heron (Ardea cinerea). Click on the image to see a few other pictures.


Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)









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The local hare is not particularly fond of the crows. That seems to be the attitude of many of the other animals living here. The fifth picture was taken at the end of december, the others in spring.

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The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is the first one I saw (on march 26) having babies; as far as I can see there are initially nine of them. On april 14 I saw only eight, but on april 26 I counted nine again.

Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)


Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus)









Western jackdaw (Corvus monedula)








European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)









Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)









Gadwall (Anas strepera)








Eurasian wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)









Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri)









Jay (Garrulus glandarius)








Wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea)








Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)









Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)








An infrequent visitor to the meadow. In the first picture it appears to have caught something, but I can’t make out what it is (a frog?)

Great egret (Ardea alba)

Not the best picture of a Great Egret, it was rather far away, but it is the first time I saw one here (december 14, 2017), and I thought it memorable enough to put it in this list anyway. I do hope it will return for some better views.






Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) in breeding plumage. Januari 8 may be a little early to start thinking about breeding, but here it was.






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