Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) - Photo made at the Vroon
Arctic Tern | Sterna paradisaea

A new month has begun so a day of month listing was planned. A possible list of species was established (Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, European European Shag and Iceland Gull) and together with Thijs we left around 6 am from Wageningen.

European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) - Photo made in the Biesbosch
European Honey Buzzard | Pernis apivorus

A report of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a Pacific Golden Plover in the province of Zeeland determined the destination for a day of birding. Together with Thijs we drove at 5.30 am towards the mudflats of Flakkee, here was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper reported.

Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) - Photo made in the area of Blijham
Western Yellow Wagtail | Motacilla flava

This year we again participated in the Top of Holland. With a slightly different approach as in previous years, Alwin and I enrolled as a team called "Twitch & Go"

Eurasian Dotterel(Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the Oorsprongweg
Eurasian Dotterel | Charadrius morinellus

Because there are a number of species on the island that are still missing on my year list it was time for a visit to the island. Thijs had a mind to go and Alwin said he would come in the afternoon.

Photo made at the Kamperhoek
Photo made at the Kamperhoek

Because of The Queen birthday, we have Monday off so a long weekend migration counting is scheduled. Early Saturday morning I drive away from Uden. It rains and the predictions are not much better.

Photo made at the Kamperhoek
Photo made at the Kamperhoek

With the prediction of a southeast wind I drive early in the morning to the migration site. At 6.15 am I arrive first on the migration site. There is a weak south-southeast wind, it's cloudy and a with a temperature of about 7 degrees it feels cold. During getting out my stuff there already are quite a few birds flying over the migration site.

Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) - Photo made at the Kamperhoek
Western Marsh Harrier | Circus aeruginosus

Saturday morning at half past seven in the morning again I am present at the Kamperhoek. There is a moderate north wind with a little bit east. With a partly cloudy sky it looks not really bad. It is cold but there are reasonable numbers of birds flying.

Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) - Photo made near the Keent
Black-winged Kite | Elanus caeruleus

Thursday afternoon around 4 o'clock the phone beeps. Unsuspecting I check the messages. Through Dutch Bird Alerts Max Berlin reports that Justin Jansen found a Black-winged Kite near the spot where he had earlier this week a Pallid Harrier.