A Terek Sandpiper and Broad-billed Sandpiper in the Breebaartpolder lured us for a day trip to the north. There were also some other nice species and beside Pieter and Maartje also Dirk Eykemans wanted to join us. At 6 o'clock in the morning he arrived in Uden and together we drove to Huizen to pick up Pieter and Maartje. The first location to visit was the Zuidlaardermeer for the Whiskered Terns which for Dirk are still new in the Netherlands. On the way we suffered from some drizzle but on arrival at the Zuidlaardermeer it was cleared.
A new month and both Pieter and I still needed quite a few species for the month list in Limburg. A list was drawn up with the following target species: Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest, Marsh Tit, Grey Wagtail, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Black Kite, Eurasian Treecreeper, European Serin, Wood Warbler, Coal Tit, Tundra Bean Goose and Crested Lark. Enough to do so we left early from Uden to try the Grey Wagtail at St Oedenrode, which was found immediately on arrival.
With not many options in the Netherlands we chose today for the province of Zeeland with the aim of a Zitting Cisticola in the Drowned Land of Saeftinghe. Then we would continue in Zeeland and wait for an interesting sighting somewhere in the Netherlands. Along with Pieter and Maartje we arrived in the Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe around 9 am.
Saturday late in the afternoon a Squacco Heron was found in Groningen. The bird sat in the Zuidlaardermeer what happened to be scheduled for Sunday for the Whiskered Terns, hopefully the bird was still present. With Pieter and Maartje we left around half past five in Huizen.
The Red-necked Phalaropes are scarce so far this year. In Delft, an adult female was discovered which also could produce some pictures opportunities. Also nearby a White-winged Tern was reported that still counts for the annual and monthly list. Reason enough to pay a visit after work.
Sunday was in the context of the month list. A list was drawn up together with Pieter: Smew, Goldeneye, Purple Sandpiper, Corn Crake, Long-tailed Duck and Shag. We decided to start in the Flevopolder with the Corn Crake which still counts for my year list. At 7 o'clock I picked up Pieter and Maartje at a carpool place in Huizen and we drove to Lelystad. Here a Corn Crake was heard immediately when we arrived. This was very easy and we drove to a spot for a Smew.
A day Limburg for the Melodious Warbler and a few year species was done last Saturday. At 7 o'clock in the morning Pieter and Maartje stood at my door. We had prepared a list of target species: Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Short-toed Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, Wood Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Black Kite, Common Rosefinch, Melodious Warbler, Firecrest and Eagle Owl.
An American Golden Plover is for some days present in the Putten near Schoorle. The bird is in a beautiful plumage and can be viewed and photographed at close range. An opportunity that I do not want to miss. Thursday evening after work I paid a visit to the Putten. Upon arrival, the bird is pretty close and with the sun in the back, the photo session is started.