birding in the netherlands

Experience the Spring!

screech owl

Okay, it is time to admit to the world that L and I are birders. When I think of people who bird watch, the stereotype that enters my head is of an old retired couple in khakis with their binoculars. Just another reason why stereotypes are so silly. The truth is bird watching is probably one of our favorite hobbies to do together. We get excited to see new birds on our travels and often talk about what birds we saw throughout our day. While we haven't quite got to the point of keeping a bird journal, I am not putting the idea past us in the future. We dream of the day that we have a yard of our own and can put up bird feeders to attract them. For now though, we are so happy that we stumbled upon Beleef de Lente or Experience the Spring! 

Beleef de Lente has been going on since 2007 and is brought to you by Vogelbescherming Nederland an independent conservation society that was founded in 1899. Beleef de Lente sets up webcams in the habitats of wild birds here in the Netherlands and you can watch them 24 hours a day (as long as they are at home). Currently, they have pairs of barn owls, tawny owls, and screech owls. As well as some tiny birds, kestrels and peregrine falcons, oh and storks are coming next week!  Our favorites are the barn and screech owls. They have been mating a lot and we are really looking forward to having eggs in some of the houses. 

If you want to experience that joy and peace for yourself please visit the site and pick a bird to watch. What do you think about birding? Have you ever had a unique experience with birds? 


*Photo is from Rotterdam Zoo not Beleef de Lente. 

Until next time,



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