Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) - Photo made at De Tuintjes on Texel
Greenish Warbler | Phylloscopus trochiloides

On the third of September a Greenish Warblerwas discovered on the Texel. This bird is still missing on my list, so if the bird the next day would be reported than Texel was the destination. Saturday morning early at the migration site the Greenish Warblerwas reported still present and occasionally seen.

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) - Photo made at the cemetry in Westkapelle
Spotted Flycatcher | Muscicapa striata

A Barred Warbler came through Dutch Bird Alerts. The bird was on the cemetery in Westkapelle. I was in Rotterdam for my work and it was within the possibilities to drive to Westkapelle. A Barred Warbler in the Netherlands is not difficult to get on your list but because I usually at the migration post in this time of year I have never tried to see the bird.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) - First year bird in the harbour of Den Oever
Yellow-legged Gull | Larus michahellis

Goal for today is the province of Noord-Holland and we start with counting migrating sea birds. And next an attempt for an Aquatic Warbler and a Gull-billed Tern Early in the morning Jan Verhoeven and I drive towards Schoorl to the migration site “De Camperduin”.

European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) - Photo made in Fochteloërveen
European Honey Buzzard | Pernis apivorus

Last week a Short-toed Eagle was frequently reported in Fochteloërveen. Because I do not yet have the bird on my years list its nice to combine this with a visit to the Lauwersmeer. Jan Verhoeven also had a mind to go so I took him at five o’clock in the morning.

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) - Photo made at t'Vroon near Westkapelle
Semipalmated Sandpiper | Calidris pusilla

Friday afternoon just after eating from the phone sounds the familiar sound that an observation is reported. The email opens and I see that a Semipalmated Sandpiperis reported by Pim Wolf. A mega bird so I had to go. After Pim’s message I called him and asked whether it was worth to make the more than 200 km trip.

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) - Photo made at the Ezumakeeg noord
Eurasian Reed Warbler | Acrocephalus scirpaceus

The previous week, almost every day a Terek Sandpiper was reported at the Lauwersmeer. A new year species for me and I have seen this bird only once in the Netherlands. Sufficient reason to go again towards the north. Jan Verhoeven went along and at 5 o’clock in the morning I stood at his door.

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) - Photo made in the Maashorst on 23-06-2010
Nightjar | Caprimulgus europaeus

To pump up the year list I spent some evenings in the Maashorst and Visited Alphen aan den Rijn for a Blue-winged Teal. Sunday we made a day trip to the Lauwersmeer. Monday evening I visited the Maashorst, the Maashorst is located 5 minutes from my house.

European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) - Photo made in Fochteloërveen
European Pied Flycatcher | Ficedula hypoleuca

In the Lauwersmeer this week a Marsh Sandpiper and a Grey Phalarope were regularly seen. Sufficient reason for another round to the north of Holland. Saturday due to bad weather I stayed home, but Sunday it looked slightly better.