Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus) - Photo made in the Kaliwaal in the Ooijpolder
Pygmy Cormorant | Microcarbo pygmeus

Yesterday I took the risk to have to miss the Pygmy Cormorant but today was booked for an attempt at this new species for me in the Netherlands. Around 9.00 am I arrived at the Ooijpolder at the place where yesterday the Pygmy Cormorant was last seen.

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) - Photo made in the Blauwe Bos in Friesland
Wood Warbler | Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Although there is a Long-tailed Cormorant sitting in the Ooijpolder we decided a day to the north of Holland. A bit of a rehearsal of the Top Birding Holland Day. Alwin and I would meet at 5.30 at a gas station just behind Zwolle.

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) - Photo made in the Blikken
Ruff | Calidris pugnax

Sunday, May 9 a day trip to the Provence of Zeeland country. Getting up early at 4.30 and still not fully recovered from yesterday, the Top Holland day. At five o’clock I stood by Thijs and soon we were on the A50 towards Eindhoven. We would meet at an Esso pump to meet Alwin just past Breda. From here we drove further with one car. The ride went through Antwerp to Zeeuws Flanders where we would start in the Polder Sophia.

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) - Photo made in Fochteloërveen
White-tailed Eagle | Haliaeetus albicilla

After some doubt, I still decided to join the Top of Holland birding day. The day took place on May 8 and lasted from midnight to 19:00. The aim is to score as many species as possible and there are prizes for the discovery of the best species. For the best specie you will receive a Leica Ultravid 10x42 binoculars, so not bad. Species count only in the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland.

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

For Wednesday, May 5 was a trip Lauwersmeer on the program. May is always a good month for this area. Before we would drive to the north, we tried to score a Stone Curlew which was discovered yesterday near Gennep. Alwin had to drive south first. For me this is almost a home game. Early in the morning around 6.15 am I was in the area waiting for Alwin. Nightingales, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats and many other birds entertained me with their vocals so the waiting was not a punishment.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) - Photo taken at Texel
Ruddy Turnstone | Arenaria interpres

The whole week a Surf Scoter was reported at Texel but I had to work. My buddies had already brought a visit to Texel. The bird just had to stay there. Friday was the first opportunity for me to go.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) - Photo made at the Flevocentrale
Goldfinch | Carduelis carduelis

All week the weather is monitored and it looks good. There is an easterly wind predicted on Saturday and Sunday until noon. On Friday the forecast was still good. Teun has also seen this and he decides not to go out this weekend but will join me to the Kamperhoek.

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) - Photo made at the Beuven
Rustic Bunting | Emberiza rustica

March 27 we were after a mornings counting migrating birds exploring the Oostvaarders lakes. We were called by one of the buddies of Thijs stating that there was present a Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) at the Beuven in the Strabrechtse Heide.