Late Saturday evening a report came in by Internet of a Little Crake in the Flevopolder. The bird was seen all day and was photographed. Plans were made to be present early in the morning at the reported location.
In Fochteloërveen a deviant Great Grey Shrike is seen since August it looks like it is going to be a subspecies of our Great Grey Shrike. It is probably a Lanius excubitor homeyeri. Reason enough to combine this with a visit to the Lauwersmeer..
In the past two months I have not really made any trips. Although I did some birding now and then and that led to two new lifers in the Netherlands, a Red-throated Sandpiper on Texel and a Spotted Sandpiper in the province of Zeeland. My year list has grown to 277 species and 23 species still to go. Today was the province of Noord-Holland on the program with the target species, the Aquatic Warbler and the Gull-billed Tern.
Today we started in Zeeland Flanders with an attempt for the Zitting Cisticola in Terneuzen. Followed by a visit to "De Blikken" and then an attempt for a Rosefinch at Oostkapelle. Also some unplanned things happened.
Today was devoted to updating the annual list. Near Hengelo a Pectoral Sandpiper was reported and from there we visited the province of Flevoland
As every year, we also participate in the Top of Holland Day. With a team of four people, Alwin Borhem, Teun van Kessel, Christian Brinkman and myself of course, we had registered under the name "Twitch & Go”. To score some night species we started at 3.00 o'clock in the morning.
It is almost three years ago in May that the weather conditions are good enough for a nice day on the Kamperhoek. The following predictions southeast wind with sunshine are sufficient reasons to drive towards the Kamperhoek.
A report of a Melodious Warbler in Limburg is enough for a visit to the Provence. We also want to visit the Glanville Fritillary butterfly at the Bemerlerberg.