Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) - Picture made in Andijk
Great Crested Grebe | Podiceps cristatus

Boxing Day I spent with Pieter and Maartje. During the day birding was followed by a dinner in Huizen. Target species were a Little Stint at the Putten, Red Phalarope in Andijk and an, at Christmas Day reported, American Wigeon in Elburg.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) - Picture made in Den Oever
Lesser Yellowlegs | Tringa flavipes

The end of the year is fast approaching and there were a few species that we had to do for the monthly list. The Two-barred Crossbill and Lesser Yellowlegs in the north of the country were the targets this weekend. Pieter also needed a Parrot Crossbill and we were able to combine this nicely. Saturday morning at 7 am I picked up Pieter and Maartje in Huizen.

Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula) - photo made in Zwolle
Northern Hawk-Owl | Surnia ulula

Sunday 24 November at about half past five came the report of a Northern Hawk-Owl through At the same place about a week and a half ago also a Northern Hawk-Owl was claimed. The observation had my attention and I advised Pieter to keep an eye on. The evening continued as normal until about eight o'clock when David Uit de Weerd reported the Northern Hawk-Owl as certain via DutchBird Alerts.

Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius) - Picture made in Gristede Germany
Middle Spotted Woodpecker | Dendrocopos medius

The Northern Hawk-Owl discovered in Germany was still there last Friday. We agreed that we were going to make an attempt Saturday were it not that late Friday evening a report came in of a Blyth's Pipit. The bird sat on Texel and the observation was accompanied by proper evidence photos. The plans were changed and it was Saturday to Texel.

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) - Picture made at Neeltje Jans
Pallid Swift | Apus pallidus

Early November and in the province of Zeeland were some very good species for the month list, such as: Long-legged Buzzard, Isabelline Wheatear, Northern Wheatear, Wiskered Tern, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-winged Stilt. There was also a Desert Wheatear present at Westkapelle that still counts for the year list. Sufficient reasons to spend a day with Pieter and Maartje in the province of Zeeland.

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) - Picture made at Vlieland
Pallid Swift | Apus pallidus

Thursday late afternoon a Pallid Swift was discovered by Lars Buckx on the island of Vlieland. The observation was accompanied with beautiful pictures so that the identification was not in doubt. Contact was sought with Pieter and we really wanted to give it a shot, although we do not consider the chances very high. With 11 others a speedboat was booked that would bring us to Vlieland at 8 o’ clock.

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) - Picture made in Katwijk
Eurasian Hoopoe | Upupa epops

With three new species last week and plenty east wind I was looking forward to the weekend. We agreed to start at the migration site "De Vulkaan" in The Hague on Saturday. Pieter still needed a Red-throated Pipit for his record and this seemed the best option. Alwin and Thijs went along and together we arrived at 6.45 am at De Vulkaan.

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Erythropygia galactotes) - Picture made in the Pettemerpolder
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin | Erythropygia galactotes

Yesterday I sat behind the PC after enjoying some of the pictures of the Arctic Warbler and Long-legged Buzzard. Suddenly I received an app of a picture of a possible Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin on the forum of Quickly I have a look and indeed the picture is a real Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin! That means I have to get up early tomorrow....