Island of Texel  >  Netherlands

This former dike breach is home for many breeding birds, but also attracts numerous migrants. It is located at the beginning of the Texel Bird Boulevard.

Added by Klaas de Jong


In winter, the Ottersaat area is occupied by many species of ducks, like Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and geese, mainly Brent Goose, but always keep a lookout for the White-bellied (ssp. hrota) and the Black (ssp. nigricans). They can play hard to catch, but a real treat if you find one. In spring, breeding birds like Common Tern, Avocet and Black-headed Gull take over the area. If you look closely, you may find a Ruddy Turnstone. It is a stone's throw from Dijkmanshuizen, described elsewhere on this website.



You can reach the area via the IJsdijk from Oudeschild or via the Lancasterdijk, coming from the north. There are a few parking lots on the side of the road, making sure that you aren't hit by the (often speeding, be careful!) traffic along the dike.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Mud flats, Agriculture


Flat, Open landscape, No shadow, Swampy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform



Birdingplaces Near

If you are here, you should visit the nearby bird hide at Dijkmanshuizen, but also the entire Bird Boulevard along the east coast of Texel is attractive to visit.

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


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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