Feb 25, 2015
We were for a few days in the Netherlands and I had the opportunity to add three new species to my Dutch list in one day only! Oriental Turtle Dove at Vlaardingen near Rotterdam, Spotted Sandpiper at Medemblik near Alkmaar and Dark-eyed Junco at Groningen.
Oriental Turtle Dove
The junco-pics are taken by my brother Sybrand, the others by myself. The junco was only the second for the Netherland (after one in 1962). The Oriental Turtle Dove was the fourth and the Spotted Sandpiper the fourth as well...
Driving through my home country made me realise how lucky the dutch are. There are birds all over the place. We saw some ten Great White Egrets, about 50 Common Buzzards, two White Storks and thousands of ducks and geese.
Anyhow, I've seen 447 species in the Netherlands now. Next three already this year?
Feb 8, 2015
Feb 5, 2015
Feb 2, 2015
After a week in Switzerland, without birding and being sick, I tried the Jack Snipe at the Ortuvannet in the morning, without any luck. Had two Water Rails, though and two singing Starlings. In the afternoon I visited Nygårdsviken to see the first-winter Iceland Gull and after that a quick look at Kirkebukten in Laksevåg, where I saw the female Greater Scaup and a flyby Little Auk, the latter only the second time in Bergen. Typical winter birding.