Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) - Photo made at Oost-Souburg
Mediterranean Gull | Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

A new year and according to tradition we held a Big Day on New Year's Day. With a smaller team than in previous years, we opted again for the province of Zeeland. At 7.30 I agreed with Alwin to meet him in the village of Made from where we drove further in one car.

King Penguin(Aptenodytes patagonicus) - Photo made at St Georgia
King Penguin| Aptenodytes patagonicus

There is another year gone and I can look back on a successful year of birding. The Odyssey 2011 trip was certainly the highlight, but the Netherlands were also very interesting.

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) - Photo made at the Hondsbossche Zeewering
Black-legged Kittiwake | Rissa tridactyla

A Hume's Leaf Warbler was reported in Katwijk which I could not ignore. After that a visit is planned to the Hondsbossche Zeewering in the hope of the Iceland- and Glaucous Gull.

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) - Photo made near Rosmalen
Short-eared Owl | Asio flammeus

Last week the Short-eared Owls in Zeeland allowed themselves beautifully viewed and photographed. The weather forecast was good so early in the morning I drove alone to the coast.

Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) - Photo made at the Brouwersdam
Black Guillemot | Cepphus grylle

Saturday was going to be a storm and rainy day. Migration sites at the sea had great sightings on Friday morning so it is a migration count at sea combined with a visit to the Brouwersdam.

Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) - Photo made in the North holland Dune reserve near Castricum
Red-flanked Bluetail | Tarsiger cyanurus

The Red-flanked Bluetail has been reported for some time now at the ringing station in the North Holland Dune Reserve at Castricum. I had been there this week and I had seen the bird but could not take a picture. Together with Peter vd Braak I made a new attempt.

Radde's Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi) - Photo made at Vlieland in the Nieuwe Eendenkooi
Radde's Warbler | Phylloscopus schwarzi

There were good reports from Vlieland all week and weather forecasts for the weekend are great so it was decided to make another trip. This is the last weekend of the “Deception Tours” so this means that are a lot of birders on the island.

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) - Photo made on the island of Vlieland
Garden Warbler | Sylvia borin

The weather forecast was excellent for the coming weekend and I had never been on Vlieland in September. Alwin also wanted to go so we booked the night boat at 7 o’clock.