To accomplish the 300 species this year I have yet to add a number of species to the list. In the past week a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Long-billed Dowitcher were reported in the Lauwersmeer. Enough reasons to do another round to the north of Holland.
The intention Saturday was to do other things than watching birds. Alwin also had other plans so I decided to do some work on my website. This was quickly disturbed by the reports of a White-tailed Lapwing. As I said I was behind the PC when the message arrived. This is a new species for me in the Netherlands so I had to go.
Today we have no big plans and we are going to update the years list a little bit. I have not seen the White-winged Black Tern this year so the bird that is reported for some time at the Kinderdijk became the target. For Terns you do not have to get up early and I meet with Alwin at 8.30 am at the spot where the bird is seen.
Because we enjoyed our north of the country the last couple of weeks we decided to make another round. We only took another route now. Alwin and I agreed at 5.30 pm at the pump just behind Zwolle. Before I drove to the meeting place, I wanted to check the floodplain near Hattem for a Corncrake. Just after dawn I stood on the dike, but a Corncrakewas not to hear. I drove on and came right on time at the gas pump.
Every year we traditionally visit the Sallandse Heuvelrug to see the last of the Dutch population of Eurasian Black Grouse. We usually do this in April but for a change the month of May was chosen. I would go with Alwin but he decided different at the last minute.
Yesterday I took the risk to have to miss the Pygmy Cormorant but today was booked for an attempt at this new species for me in the Netherlands. Around 9.00 am I arrived at the Ooijpolder at the place where yesterday the Pygmy Cormorant was last seen.
Although there is a Long-tailed Cormorant sitting in the Ooijpolder we decided a day to the north of Holland. A bit of a rehearsal of the Top Birding Holland Day. Alwin and I would meet at 5.30 at a gas station just behind Zwolle.
Sunday, May 9 a day trip to the Provence of Zeeland country. Getting up early at 4.30 and still not fully recovered from yesterday, the Top Holland day. At five o’clock I stood by Thijs and soon we were on the A50 towards Eindhoven. We would meet at an Esso pump to meet Alwin just past Breda. From here we drove further with one car. The ride went through Antwerp to Zeeuws Flanders where we would start in the Polder Sophia.