The year 2010 turned out to be a good birding year for me. The desire to see 300 species in the Netherlands has been successful and my trips to Ethiopia and Morocco were extraordinary.

Every year I try to score 300 species in the Netherlands. This year I finished at 316 species, a personal best for me. 2010 began with our annual Big Day which we hold on the first of January. This year was chosen for the province of Zeeland and we recorded 103 species including species such as a Black Guillemot and a Ross' Goose. The 200th species was achieved on April 24 and was a Common Sandpiper. The 250th species was brought on May 16 this was a Pygmy Cormorant, a new species for me in the Netherlands. The 300th species of the year followed on 23th of October and was a Yellow-browed Warbler. On the 10thof December number 316 was added to the list and this was the Greater Yellowlegs.

My Dutch list significantly expanded with 15 species. I am now at 388 species for the Netherlands. This is an overview of the new species:

  1. Baltimore Oriole
  2. Oriental Turtle Dove
  3. Baikal Teal
  4. White-headed Duck
  5. Rustic Bunting
  6. Pallid Harrier
  7. Surf Scoter
  8. Pygmy Cormorant
  9. White-Tailed Lapwing
  10. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  11. Barred Warbler
  12. Greenish Warbler
  13. Daurian Shrike
  14. Nothern Waterthrush
  15. Wallcreeper

Trip to Ethiopia
From January 16 to February 6, I've been to Ethiopia. A beautiful bird-rich country. We recorded 417 species with 115 lifers for me. There is still a large number of photos ready (14,000 +) to be worked upon and I hope that they will be on the site soon.

Trip to Morocco
From April 6 to April 14 I went  to Morocco with the Birdwatching club Vogelwacht Uden. This yielded 160 species and 34 new species. Again I have many pictures and I hope to put them on the site soon.


Plans for this year
This year I try to do 300 species in the Netherlands The journey goes to Antarctica this time. This will be in early spring and I will be about 6 weeks on the road.

Overview of 2010 species in the Netherlands in order of date:

 

001 Eurasian Collared Dove

080 Common Linnet

159 White-tailed Eagle

238 Spotted Flycatcher

002 Ruddy Shelduck

081 Great Spotted Woodpecker

160 Mediterranean Gull

239 Little Stint

003 Eurasian Oystercatcher

082 Hen Harrier

161 Little Gull

240 Wood Warbler

004 European Robin

083 Spotted Redshank

162 Black-tailed Godwit

241 Snow Goose

005 European Green Woodpecker

084 Purple Sandpiper

163 Ruff

242 Little Tern

006 Northern Shoveler

085 Black Scoter

164 Eurasian Whimbrel

243 Zitting Cisticola

007 Red-breasted Goose

086 Common Buzzard

165 Little Owl

244 Yellow Wagtail

008 Eurasian Skylark

087 Great Northern Diver

166 Crested Tit

245 Curlew Sandpiper

009 European Greenfinch

088 Common Moorhen

167 Coal Tit

246 Cetti's Warbler

010 Tufted Duck

089 Stock Dove

168 Bohemian Waxwing

247 Broad-billed Sandpiper

011 Common Eider

090 Blue Tit

169 Willow Tit

248 Common Quail

012 Firecrest

091 Common Snipe

170 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

249 Arctic Tern

013 Eurasian Woodcock

092 Greater Scaup

171 Common Crane

250 Pygmy Cormorant

014 Great Tit

093 Great Black-backed Gull

172 Tree Pipit

251 Marsh Warbler

015 Red-necked Grebe

094 Goldcrest

173 Little Ringed Plover

252 European Honey Buzzard

016 Short-toed Treecreeper

095 Winter Wren

174 Wood Lark

253 Eurasian Penduline Tit

017 Common Shelduck

096 Common Ringed Plover

175 Common Raven

254 Thrush Nightingale

018 Smew

097 Horned Grebe

176 European Stonechat

255 Great Reed Warbler

019 Gadwall

098 Rock Pipit

177 Lesser Redpoll

256 Black Grouse

020 Ross's Goose

099 Black-necked Grebe

178 Yellowhammer

257 Red-backed Shrike

021 Grey Heron

100 Eurasian Magpie

179 Great Grey Shrike

258 Corn Crake

022 Short-eared Owl

101 Greylag Goose

180 Northern Wheatear

259 European Scops Owl

023 Common Blackbird

102 European Golden Plover

181 Black Redstart

260 American Golden Plover

024 Sandwich Tern

103 Eurasian Spoonbill

182 Tengmalm's Owl

261 White-winged Tern

025 Song Thrush

104 Caspian Gull

183 Pied Wagtail

262 White-tailed Lapwing

026 Bar-tailed Godwit

105 Pink-footed Goose

184 Tawny Owl

263 Pectoral Sandpiper

027 Ruddy Turnstone

106 Eurasian Siskin

185 Barn Swallow

264 Caspian Tern

028 Dunnock

107 Northern Goshawk

186 Blue-headed Wagtail

265 Melodious Warbler

029 Western Great Egret

108 Bearded Reedling

187 Osprey

266 Middle Spotted Woodpecker

030 Long-tailed Tit

109 Hawfinch

188 Willow Warbler

267 European Bee-eater

031 Carrion Crow

110 Great Crested Grebe

189 Common House Martin

268 Eurasian Treecreeper

032 Mallard

111 Goosander

190 Rustic Bunting

269 River Warbler

033 Dunlin

112 Mistle Thrush

191 Sand Martin

270 Red-crested Pochard

034 Eurasian Jay

113 Brambling

192 Bluethroat

271 Long-billed Dowitcher

035 Greater White-fronted Goose

114 Common Reed Bunting

193 Blackcap

272 Red-necked Phalarope

036 Eurasian Sparrowhawk

115 Eurasian Bittern

194 Common Swift

273 Marsh Sandpiper

037 Common Chaffinch

116 Rook

195 Red Kite

274 European Nightjar

038 Common Pochard

117 Rough-legged Buzzard

196 Kentish Plover

275 Blue-winged Teal

039 Bewick's Swan

118 Greater Canada Goose

197 Grasshopper Warbler

276 Iberian Chiffchaff

040 Red-throated Diver

119 Jack Snipe

198 Common Greenshank

277 Terek Sandpiper

041 European Herring Gull

120 Lesser White-fronted Goose

199 Lesser Whitethroat

278 Semipalmated Sandpiper

042 Mute Swan

121 Common Kingfisher

200 Common Sandpiper

279 Common Crossbill

043 Common Wood Pigeon

122 Pallas's Leaf Warbler

201 Common Nightingale

280 Short-toed Eagle

044 Common Redshank

123 Grey Wagtail

202 Black Kite

281 Gull-billed Tern

045 Redwing

124 Long-eared Owl

203 Black Tern

282 Northern Gannet

046 Meadow Pipit

125 Grey Partridge

204 Purple Heron

283 Black Stork

047 Eurasian Coot

126 Ferruginous Duck

205 Richard's Pipit

284 Spotted Crake

048 Little Egret

127 Baltimore Oriole

206 Wood Sandpiper

285 Aquatic Warbler

049 Grey Plover

128 White Stork

207 Tawny Pipit

286 Barred Warbler

050 Eurasian Tree Sparrow

129 Eurasian Nuthatch

208 Ring Ouzel

287 Cattle Egret

051 Common Kestrel

130 Oriental Turtle-Dove

209 Eurasian Hobby

288 Great Skua

052 House Sparrow

131 Glossy Ibis

210 Common Cuckoo

289 Parasitic Jaeger

053 Common Teal

132 Baikal Teal

211 Red-rumped Swallow

290 Barn Owl

054 Little Grebe

133 Iceland Gull

212 Common Tern

291 Greenish Warbler

055 Red Knot

134 Marsh Tit

213 Eurasian Wryneck

292 Daurian Shrike

056 Common Goldeneye

135 Hooded Crow

214 Common Whitethroat

293 Manx Shearwater

057 Northern Lapwing

136 Black Brant

215 Pallid Harrier

294 Long-tailed Jaeger

058 Green Sandpiper

137 Horned Lark

216 Savi's Warbler

295 Sooty Shearwater

059 Pale-bellied Brent Goose

138 Whooper Swan

217 Whinchat

296 Leach's Storm Petrel

060 Water Rail

139 Snow Bunting

218 Eurasian Dotterel

297 Sabine's Gull

061 Black Guillemot

140 White-headed Duck

219 Garden Warbler

298 Northern Waterthrush

062 Long-tailed Duck

141 European Serin

220 Montagu's Harrier

299 Lapland Longspur

063 Barnacle Goose

142 Yellow-legged Gull

221 Grey-headed Wagtail

300 Yellow-browed Warbler

064 Great Cormorant

143 Twite

222 Sedge Warbler

301 Rose-coloured Starling

065 Eurasian Wigeon

144 Bufflehead

223 Black-winged Stilt

302 Green-winged Teal

066 Fieldfare

145 Western Marsh Harrier

224 Garganey

303 Black-legged Kittiwake

067 Western Jackdaw

146 Atlantic Murre

225 Whiskered Tern

304 Pomarine Jaeger

068 Peregrine Falcon

147 Black-throated Diver

226 Surf Scoter

305 Razorbill

069 Black-headed Gull

148 Lesser Black-backed Gull

227 Lesser Scaup

306 Citrine Wagtail

070 Pied Avocet

149 Merlin

228 Ortolan Bunting

307 Desert Wheatear

071 Dark-bellied Brent Goose

150 European Shag

229 Velvet Scoter

308 Red Phalarope

072 European Goldfinch

151 Crested Lark

230 European Reed Warbler

309 White-throated Dipper

073 Sanderling

152 House Crow

231 Common Redstart

310 Mealy Redpoll

074 Tundra Bean Goose

153 Greater Flamingo

232 Temminck's Stint

311 Corn Bunting

075 Northern Pintail

154 Common Chiffchaff

233 Eurasian Golden Oriole

312 Wallcreeper

076 Eurasian Curlew

155 Black Woodpecker

234 Icterine Warbler

313 Eurasian Eagle Owl

077 Common Starling

156 Eurasian Bullfinch

235 European Pied Flycatcher

314 Taiga Bean Goose

078 Common Gull

157 Water Pipit

236 Buff-breasted Sandpiper

315 Black-crowned Night Heron

079 Red-breasted Merganser

158 White Wagtail

237 European Turtle Dove

316 Greater Yellowlegs