Island of Texel  >  Netherlands

An inland tidal salt water marsh with higher and lower parts. The higher parts have vegetation and even reeds, the lower parts have oyster banks.

Added by Klaas de Jong


At high tide (check the tables!) in The Mokbaai many different species of birds will gather on the higher parts of the area and can be quite numerous, especially in times of migration. Eurasian CurlewBar-tailed Godwit, European Golden-Plover, Eurasian Spoonbill and Dunlin can hardly be missed. In winter, many ducks like Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Northern Pintail and Common Eider are abundant, while Peregrine Falcon can be found disturbing the scene. Red Knot and Curlew Sandpiper may be found on the mudflats and the reed beds in the southwest corner are home to Bearded Tit, Reed Bunting and Reed Warbler. You can be lucky to find a Little Egret or even a Great Egret, but the place is also known for rarities, like Mediterranean Gull (spring), Caspian Tern (summer) and is often visited by Osprey (migration).



You can drive, walk or cycle around the Mokbaai, but from the road, the north side is hidden behind dunes. The south/south-western side is open and offers great views on the groups of birds on the mudflats, while the scrubs behind you may offer a concert of singing birds in spring, like Common Nightingale, Greater Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat , Dunnock and many more. If you're lucky, you will find a singing Bluethroat.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Mud flats, Reedbeds


High water possible, Open landscape, Flat

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Paved road, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The road around the bay leads to a military camp, so there may be some cars passing by, sometimes with high speed to catch the ferry. Please don't stand still on the road. The roadsides are broad and strong enough.


Birdingplaces Near

There are plenty of very interesting bird areas nearby, like De Petten, De Geul, de Horsmeertjes and de Hors, all on walking distance, so ideal so combine a few of these.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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