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Romeinenweerd

Limburg  >  Netherlands

A fairly small area within the floodplains of the "Maas" river; a hotspot for European Serin in the Netherlands!

Added by Bas Engels

Description

The "Romeinenweerd" is a fairly small part in the floodplains of the "Maas" river. The area consists of a forested wetland/swamp with three small waterbodies and surrounding meadows, adjacent to the "Maas" river. The ponds are always interesting for waterfowl, like Common PochardCommon TealNorthern ShovelerGadwall and Tufted Duck. In spring, sometimes Garganey can be present. Little Grebe is often seen on the eastern en western pond. The eastern and middle pond both contain a small island where geese breed during breeding season, like Greylag Goose and Canada Goose. The western pond is mostly surrounded by reedbeds and are always worth a check for certain reedbirds, like Reed WarblerWater Rail and Reed Bunting. If you're lucky, a Bearded Tit shows up or even a Great Bittern can be seen foraging on the edge of the reedbeds. Especially in the middle pond, Common Kingfisher can often be seen and heard.

The forested areas are home to a variety of common songbirds, like Common ChiffchaffWillow Warbler and Greater Whitethroat. You're allowed to get "off road" and walk through the area. Sometimes you'll scare a present Eurasian Woodcock or even a Great Bittern. The main attraction, though, are the small flocks of European Serin, being present in the bushes. They can often be heard and seen from the start of the track near the parking lot. Although many years ago, flocks of 20-30 individuals could be present. Nowadays, numbers vary between 1-4 individuals, but sometimes more. In winter, the forested area is a good place to find flocks of Lesser Redpoll and Siskin feeding in the trees.

The meadows on the northeastern side of the area are good for species like European Stonechat and Marsh Warbler. Sometimes Whinchat can be present. The scattered bushes are always worth a check for Red-backed Shrike. In winter, these meadows are often used by Great Egret. On the southwestern side of the area, an agriculatural field is present on which Grey Partridge and Common Pheasant can be present.

The river itself can be a good spot for Goosander, besides common species like Great Crested Grebe and Eurasian Coot. Large numbers of gull, mainly Black-headed Gull, fly in southern direction, following the river, towards their sleeping grounds near the city of Roermond.

Details

Access

The area is easy accessable on foot, although there're no paved roads present. Most tracks are covered with grass but the area can get very swampy after much rainfall. You're not bound to stay on the tracks and you're allowed to walk around freely, but watch out for the swamps, because you can get very wet and dirty. 

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Grassland, River, Reedbeds, Agriculture

Conditions

Flat, Swampy, Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Winter

Route

Unpaved road, Narrow trail, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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