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.

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.

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.

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.

The whole week a Surf Scoter was reported at Texel but I had to work.

All week the weather is monitored and it looks good. There is an easterly wind predicted on Saturday and Sunday until noon.

March 27 we were after a mornings counting migrating birds exploring the Oostvaarders lakes......

Early in the morning at 5.30 am I get up and as soon as possible in the car.....