Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) - Photo made at De Blikken
Black-winged Stilt | Himantopus himantopus

There's has been an easterly wind all week and the migration counting’s of Breskens look good. It's been a while since I've counted here so it was about time for a visit.

Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) - Photo made at Batenburg in the Liedense Waard
Greater Sand Plover | Charadrius leschenaultii

After a journey of nearly six weeks on Sunday morning I arrive back to Uden at 5.30 in the morning. A Greater Sand Plover has been present for a few days just 30 km away and today he is still there. It is a new specie for me so I cannot let him shoot.

Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) - Photo made at the Lathumse Plas - Rhederlaag
Velvet Scoter | Melanitta fusca

Despite a good chance of fog again, we chose to do the Kamperhoek again today. At half past six in the morning I picked up Jan Verhoeven and Thijs Fijen. During the trip it became clear that today we would have no problems with fog.

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) - Photo made near Petten
Pied Wagtail | Motacilla alba yarrellii

Saturday morning we started at 7 hours to count migrating birds at the Kamperhoek. Jan Verhoeven, Thijs Fijen, Alwin Borhem, Christian Brinkman and I stood in a thick fog with visibility less than 100 meters. At 10 o’clock we decided to drive across the Trinteldijk toward North-Holland.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) - Photo made at De Kamperhoek
Peregrine Falcon | Falco peregrinus

Today I celebrate my 48th birthday but that does not stop me to be in the field. Also today, the Kamperhoek is on the program followed by a visit to the Eempolder.

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) - Photo made at De Kamperhoek
White Wagtail | Motacilla alba

The first real spring migration at the Kamperhoek today. Nice numbers of White Wagtails and other species. At 7.15 o’clock we start the count in beautiful conditions.

House Crow (Corvus splendens) - Photo made in the Berghaven in Hoek van Holland
House Crow | Corvus splendens

Because you can usually find me at the Kamperhoek in March I miss a few relatively simple species on my month list. Today is dedicated to filling in the blanks. Target species for today were: Greater Yellowlegs, Black BrentGoose, European Shag, Pink-footed Goose, Short-eared Owl, Long-tailed Duck, Greenshank, Red Knot, House Crow, Sandwich Tern, Bufflehead and Red-necked Grebe. According to these species were observed yesterday.

Song Thrush (Turdus ludoviciae) - Photo made at De Kamperhoek
Song Thrush | Turdus ludoviciae

March has arrived and traditionally I start to count migrating birds at the Kamperhoek. This is the migration site by the Ketelbrug that connects the Flevopolder with the Noordoostpolder. I am usually found here in the weekends until about May.