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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Late Saturday evening a report came in by Internet of a Little Crake in the Flevopolder. The bird was seen all day and was photographed. Plans were made to be present early in the morning at the reported location.
In Fochteloërveen a deviant Great Grey Shrike is seen since August it looks like it is going to be a subspecies of our Great Grey Shrike. It is probably a Lanius excubitor homeyeri. Reason enough to combine this with a visit to the Lauwersmeer..
In the past two months I have not really made any trips. Although I did some birding now and then and that led to two new lifers in the Netherlands, a Red-throated Sandpiper on Texel and a Spotted Sandpiper in the province of Zeeland. My year list has grown to 277 species and 23 species still to go. Today was the province of Noord-Holland on the program with the target species, the Aquatic Warbler and the Gull-billed Tern.