The plans for Saturday were all week in favor of the province of Zeeland. The Greater Yellowlegs I needed for the month list and a reported Baikal Teal Friday was an additional motivation.
A second attempt this year for the Eurasian Black Grouse followed by a visit to Flevoland. Jan Verhoeven and I left at 7:30 from Uden and drove directly to the Sallandse Heuvelrug where we will meet Alwin.
With a well-filled yearlist it seemed the best option for a visit to Zeeuws Flanders. Here a Snow Goose and Corn Buntings were reported last week. At 7 o'clock in the morning Alwin Was at my door and together we picked up Koen Rovers, Luuk Wassenberg and Jan Verhoeven.
It is quiet in Birding Holland and the best option for today appeared in a Ferruginous Duck at Tegelen and then a search for a Short-eared Owl in Keent.
After some research on the internet it seemed the best option today for a tour for the Bufflehead and the House Crows. We could visit the Lesser White-fronted Geese near Strijen and then head towards the province of Zeeland.
For today the Sallandse Heuvelrug was on the program. Goal were the Eurasian Black Grouse for the yearlist and because I missed them on the monthly list we have this beautiful combination.
A new yearlist and of course that includes a visit to Limburg. About 8 o’clock we met Alwin and Christian in a parking place at the A50 just passed Eindhoven. First objective was the Enci Quarry at the St Pietersberg in Maastricht.
January is the month to give the year list a good start. Almost every year there are rare birds left that we visit. This also goes for the White-throated Dipper who's been a while in the Waterleidingduinen. We can combine this with a round of North Holland.