The Jagersplas is a fairly large lake near the city of Zaandam and is surrounded by a large natural and recreational area. The area consists of a lake with surrounding reedbeds, scattered bushes and trees and small forested areas. The lake has been excavated for sand in the 1960s and turned into a natural and recreational area since.
The lake itself is a good spot for many species of waterbird, but often in low numbers. The lake is pretty deep with about 40 meters in the center which makes it an ideal foraging area for fish eating birds, like Goosander and Smew. In the past decades, several rare species showed up here too, like Common Scoter, Greater Scaup and Red-breasted Merganser. The shoreline is great for Common Teal and Garganey.
What makes the area really interesting are the large reedbeds surrounding the lake. Many species of songbird breed here and can often be seen and heard, such as Bearded Tit, Grasshopper Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Cetti's Warbler and Bluethroat. Water Rail can often be heard and, with a bit of luck, the Great Bittern might show up!
The small forested areas are great for many species of common songbird and in Winter, small flocks of Siskin and Common Redpoll can be present.
The area is easy accessible due to the recreational purpose of the area. Many paved trails lead you through the area and around the lake. You can park your car at several places (see map).