May 12, 2018
A singing male Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus is lingering in the south of the Netherlands for some weeks now... Not a difficult choice what to do. So today my dad, brother and I twitched it. Nice views of the rather active bird.
Back in the north the White-throated Wagtail was still present as well as a Squacco Heron. The nice weather produced a lot of bird activity, which made the birding worth while...
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa l limosa
Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
on May 12, 2018
May 11, 2018
Robin and I are visiting the Netherlands and I have some time to bird. So, on thursday I went with my brother and father to see this nice male Italian White throated Wagtail Motacilla c cinereocapilla. (Dutch Birding is treating many wagtail-taxa as full species). The bird is holding territory during the last few weeks near the city of Groningen. Due to bad weather only a record shot below...
White-throated Wagtail (photo below on a different day)
on May 11, 2018
May 6, 2018
May 5, 2018
on May 05, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
The last week of march I made a trip with Enno Ebels, Eric Koops and Lodi Nauta to the desert in the Western Sahara. Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco and has been political unstable a long time. But the last ten years or so it has been rather stable and the UN has cleared large areas from landmines. That being so the area has openend for foreign visitors, mostly birdwatchers. In the true desert one can find birds that are otherwise difficult to find in the Western Palearctic.
Deep into the desert is a dry oued or wadi, Oued Jenna, that holds some of these birds: Golden Nightjar Caprimulgus eximius, Cricket Warbler Spiloptila clamans and Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus.
We saw these birds, albeit with some difficulty. Along the coast at the Dakhla bay one can find another speciality of the region, African Royal Tern Sterna albididorsalis. We saw a maximum of 26 birds.
Other nice typical (desert) birds we saw were: Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus, Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis gularis, Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor, Atlas Long-legged Buzzard Buteo refinus cirtensis, Pharao Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphus, Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus, Desert Grey Shrike Lanius elegans, Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis, lots of larks like African Dunn's Lark Eremelauda dunni, Maghreb Lark Galerida macrorhyncha and Black-crowned Sparrow-lark Eremopterix nigriceps, Pale Crag Martin Pytyoprogne obsoleta presaharica, African Desert Warbler Sylvia deserti, Western Subalpine Warbler Sylvia inornata, Western Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca, Saharan Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida reiseri, Seebohm's Wheatear Oenanthe seebohmi, Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta and Desert Sparrow Passer simplex. (All birds in red were new taxa to me). More pictures under the world button!
Also the third Fieldfare Turdus pilaris and eighth Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus for the country!!
male Seebohm's Wheatear
African Desert Warbler
Desert Grey Shrike
Western Subalpine Warbler
Golden Nightjar (Eric Koops)
White-crowned Black Wheatear
African Royal Terns
African Royal Tern
Maghreb Lark (Eric Koops)
Feb 12, 2018
Jan 7, 2018
Today, in very bad weather, I tried for the Kingfisher in Hamreelven. It was found yesterday and seen well by many observers, but not me. Didn't have the time yesterday, but today I could pay a visit. After half an hour of walking and looking I suddenly saw it fly over the water in the little river and disappear. I reckon it can be hard to find and the area where it can hold is rather big... Anyhow, new for my Bergen list. Maybe I try for it on tuesday again.