Little Crake (Porzana parva) - Photo made at the Natte Graslanden near Almere
Little Crake | Porzana parva

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.

Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor homeyeri) - Photo made at Fochteloërveen
Great Grey Shrike | Lanius excubitor homeyeri

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..

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) - Photo made at the Zuiderdijkweg - Wieringerwerf
Great Spotted Cuckoo | Clamator glandarius

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.

Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) - Photo made in the dunes near Oostkapelle
Common Rosefinch | Carpodacus erythrinus

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.

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) - Photo made at Berflobeek near Hengelo
Pectoral Sandpiper | Calidris melanotos

Today was devoted to updating the annual list. Near Hengelo a Pectoral Sandpiper was reported and from there we visited the province of Flevoland

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) - Photo made in the Lauwersmeer
Bluethroat | Luscinia svecica

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.

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) - Photo made at the Kamperhoek
Black Kite | Milvus migrans

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.

Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta) - Photo made at the Gerendal
Melodious Warbler | Hippolais polyglotta

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.