Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica) - Photo made at Rhederlaag
Black-throated Diver | Gavia arctica

For today the Sallandse Heuvelrug was on the program. Goal were the Eurasian Black Grouse for the yearlist and because I missed them on the monthly list we have this beautiful combination.

Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla) - Photo made in Limburg
Short-toed Treecreeper | Certhia brachydactyla

A new yearlist and of course that includes a visit to Limburg. About 8 o’clock we met Alwin and Christian in a parking place at the A50 just passed Eindhoven. First objective was the Enci Quarry at the St Pietersberg in Maastricht.

White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) - Photo made at the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
White-throated Dipper | Cinclus cinclus

January is the month to give the year list a good start. Almost every year there are rare birds left that we visit. This also goes for the White-throated Dipper who's been a while in the Waterleidingduinen. We can combine this with a round of North Holland.

Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) - Photo made near Sirjansland
Eurasian Woodcock | Scolopax rusticola

Saturday, January 1st for the third time we held a Big Day. Once again, the destination was the province of Zeeland. 92 species were scored in 2009 and last year we had 103 species on the list. After a short night sleep of less than 4 hours I left at 6.30 pm.

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) - Photo made at Warmond
Citrine Wagtail | Motacilla citreola

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.

Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) - Photo made near Sibbe
Corn Bunting | Emberiza calandra

An Eagle Owl and a Corn Bunting was missing on the year list so a visit to Limburg was planned. The Eagle Owl was seen In the Enci quarry near Maastricht and the Corn Buntings were reported at the Hamster Sanctuary Sibbe last week. For the months list I had to do the Middle Spotted Woodpeckerso this could also be tried.

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) - Photo made near Petten
Richard's Pipit | Anthus richardi

Almost a month a Richard's Pipit is reported at the Hondsbossche Zeewering. It seemed possible to photograph the bird and we could combine it with a round of the province North-Holland. With a well-filled car, Luuk Wassenberg, Teun van Kessel and Koen Rovers, we left early from Uden.

White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus cinclus) - Photo made at the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
White-throated Dipper | Cinclus cinclus cinclus

Today I did not have to get up early. In the morning I had no time to go birding but in the afternoon I had a few hours. Enough time to visit a White-throated Dipper that has been reported for some time in Zandvoort.