Spectaculair sunrise at Putten
Spectaculair sunrise at Putten

The signs of autumn hang very much in the air and there was a day with good migration predicts. There are throughout the country reports of Yellow-browed Warblers and at our migration site we see the first Song Thrushes migrating. Alwin wanted to add a Richard's Pipit and a Yellow-browed Warbler to his list. We wanted to help and we agreed at half past seven at the parking lot near Putten close to Schoorle.

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) - Photo made at De Robbenjager on the island of Texel
Little Bunting | Emberiza pusilla

A reported Little Bunting on the island of Texel is missing on the year list. In addition, there are a few species that count for the month list. Pieter also misses the bird so a day to Texel was agreed. At 7.15 am we agreed at a car park near Amsterdam and 8.30 am we were on the first ferry to Texel.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Photo made at t'Vroon near Westkapelle
Common Blue | Polyommatus icarus

Yesterday good numbers of birds flew along the migration sites at sea. The forecast today is northwestern strength 4, this is actually not hard enough. However, we make an attempt, and there are enough other options in Zeeland. At 6 o'clock I agree with the family Doorn at a parking lot in the town Made.

Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) - Photo made at the Robbenjager on the island of Texel
Barred Warbler | Sylvia nisoria

Yesterday my year list increased with a Crossbill and a Zitting Cisticola to 299 species. On the island of Texel yesterday there were 9 Barred Warblers reported and I still miss this species on the year list. A good chance today to get the 300 announced itself. Together with Pieter Doorn & Maartje I sat on the first boat at half past seven to Texel. There was a beautiful day predicted what weather is concerned and when we stood on the deck we witnessed a beautiful sunrise.

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) - Photo made at the migration site Westkapelle
Black-legged Kittiwake | Rissa tridactyla

On the Bird Fair in the Stand of Dutch Birding I met Pieter & Maartje. After a short chat came the question: is there a chance tomorrow for a Long-tailed Jaeger? I replied that Texel might be a good option, and we agreed that the next day we would have a go. Shortly thereafter I met Pim Wolf who confidently announced to that in Westkapelle there was more than a 50% chance. The destination was therefore modified in Westkapelle and we agreed at 5.30 am at a parking lot in Made the next day.

Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) - Photo made at the Ezumakeeg - zuid
Broad-billed Sandpiper | Limicola falcinellus

It was a hot day forecast, even one that could break a record. In the Lauwersmeer this week there were many nice species seen so we choose to go north. At 4:30 am my alarm clock went off and fifteen minutes later I was in the car on the way to Wageningen to pick up Thijs. The thermometer in the car was already at 20 degrees. From Thijs we drove to Huizen, with the usual coffee stop en route, and picked up Peter & Maartje Doorn. With four we drove on and the first stop was the Ezumakeeg.

Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) - Photo made at the Coastal road near Lauwersmeer
Thick-billed Murre | Uria lomvia

Saturday evening there will were some late reports threw waarneming.nl. While I am lying on the couch looking at the TV I check the emails. In general it are the known species and a sighting of a Thick-billed Murre in the harbour at Lauwersoog. Oh, I think, it will be an input error. Not much later Thijs whatappt and reports that the photos look good?! I quickly check the internet and the pictures I find speak for themselves. I call Thijs and after a short conversation we agreed to leave at 4.30 in the morning.

Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) - Photo made in the southern Ezumakeeg
Eurasian Reed Warbler | Acrocephalus scirpaceus

In the northern Netherlands the most fun species were to be seen so a day was planned. Together with Pieter & Maartje van Doorn we left at 5.30 am from Huizen.