Little Owl (Athene noctua) - Photo made at De Blikken in Zeeuws Vlaanderen
Little Owl | Athene noctua

A Yesterday reported Common Rosefinch and Roseate Tern were on the program today. Furthermore, we wanted to do a round of Zeeland. At five o’clock I stood by Jan Verhoeven and together we drove to Strijensas where the APL polder is located.

River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) - Photo made at the Piccardhofplas near Groningen
River Warbler | Locustella fluviatilis

The month of June is a good time to expand the year list so that the 300 species can be achieved this year. In Groningen at the Piccardhofplas a River Warbler was reported this week and we could combine this bird nicely with the Long-billed Dowitcher (if he still there) in the Lauwersmeer. Early in the morning at 5 o’clock I picked up Jan Verhoeven and together we drove to Groningen.

Common Treecreeper (certhia familaris macrodactyla) - Photo made at the Kelperbos near Vaals
Common Treecreeper | Certhia familaris macrodactyla

Also today was marked by the annual list. Limburg harboured a few that I had not and the presence of a Melodious Warbler was an extra motivation to go this way. We wanted to leave at 7 am in the morning. Alwin came to Uden and together with Jan Verhoeven and myself we headed for Limburg.

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) - Photo made at the Lauwersmeer
Caspian Tern | Hydroprogne caspia

To accomplish the 300 species this year I have yet to add a number of species to the list. In the past week a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Long-billed Dowitcher were reported in the Lauwersmeer. Enough reasons to do another round to the north of Holland.

White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) - Photo made at the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland at the Vogelmeer
White-tailed Lapwing | Vanellus leucurus

The intention Saturday was to do other things than watching birds. Alwin also had other plans so I decided to do some work on my website. This was quickly disturbed by the reports of a White-tailed Lapwing. As I said I was behind the PC when the message arrived. This is a new species for me in the Netherlands so I had to go.

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) - Photo made at the kinderdijk near Alblasserdam
White-winged Black Tern | Chlidonias leucopterus

Today we have no big plans and we are going to update the years list a little bit. I have not seen the White-winged Black Tern this year so the bird that is reported for some time at the Kinderdijk became the target. For Terns you do not have to get up early and I meet with Alwin at 8.30 am at the spot where the bird is seen.

Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus) - Photo made in the area of Blijham
Montagu's Harrier | Circus pygargus

Because we enjoyed our north of the country the last couple of weeks we decided to make another round. We only took another route now. Alwin and I agreed at 5.30 pm at the pump just behind Zwolle. Before I drove to the meeting place, I wanted to check the floodplain near Hattem for a Corncrake. Just after dawn I stood on the dike, but a Corncrakewas not to hear. I drove on and came right on time at the gas pump.

Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) - Photo made at the Sallandse Hevelrug
Eurasian Blackcap | Sylvia atricapilla

Every year we traditionally visit the Sallandse Heuvelrug to see the last of the Dutch population of Eurasian Black Grouse. We usually do this in April but for a change the month of May was chosen. I would go with Alwin but he decided different at the last minute.