Feb 25, 2015

Three in a row, real twitching in the Netherlands!!!

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

Spotted Sandpiper

Dark-eyed Junco

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


Not much birding this weekend with my daughter Robin having a cold. Another Robin at the feeding instead...

Robin. Picture taken through the window...

Male Blackbird

Feb 5, 2015

Another try for the Jack Snipe...

No luck with the Jack Snipe at the Ortuvannet today either. Only a Common Snipe, Water Rail and the usual winter stuff...

young Whooper Swan

Feb 2, 2015

February starting: cold weather, winter birds.

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.