Lesser Spotted Eagle | Clanga pomarina | Hank | 2-10-2021
Lesser Spotted Eagle | Clanga pomarina | Hank | 2-10-2021

2021 started under the spell of the Corona virus and we were in a lockdown followed by a curfew that started on January 21 and lasted until April 28.

Melodious Warbler | Hippolais polyglotta | Photo made in the Maashorst, The Netherlands | 28-05-2021
Melodious Warbler | Hippolais polyglotta

Just like last year, there is again a Melodious Warbler in the Maashorst. We actually had him expected earlier this year but the bad weather will probably be to blame.

Little Swift | Apus affinis | Photo made near Westkapelle, The Netherlands | 18-05-2021
Little Swift | Apus affinis

On Tuesday morning around 9.30 a report comes in of a real Little Swift flying above the Vroon near Westkapelle. A few days ago there was also a Little Swift near Antwerp that stayed around for 2 days. With this in mind, there was no doubt and the ride to Westkapelle started immediately.

Marmora's Warbler | Curruca sarda | Photo made near Julianadorp, The Netherlands | 21-04-2021
Marmora's Warbler | Curruca sarda

On April 20, a Ross' Gull was discovered in the jetty of Scheveningen that still counts for our April monthly list. If the bird would be reported again the next day, we wanted to try it. The day went a little different than we had expected.

Sunrise January 1 | Photo made in the Keent, The Netherlands | 01-01-2021
Sunrise January 1

A new year and our intention is to start this off well in terms off birding. There are a number of nice varieties in the Netherlands and on this basis plans were made for the next three days.

Blackpoll Warbler | Setophaga striata | Photo made in the De Cocksdorp on the island of Texel, The Netherlands
Blackpoll Warbler | Setophaga striata

2020 has become an extremely bizarre year, mainly dominated by the Corona virus. Nevertheless, there was still plenty of birding to do in the Netherlands. Outside the Netherlands this year birding was almost impossible and our usual trips to faraway places had to be cancelled. So no expansion of the world list. Let's look back at what we did see in our own country.

European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) Photo made in the Maashorst
European Stonechat | Saxicola rubicola

2019 is already over and it is time for an overview. It was an exceptionally good year for our Dutch list. We took it a bit easier with the annual list, but ended well over 300 species. The website has also been modernized and given a new look.

Common Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) Photo made on Texel
Common Firecrest | Regulus ignicapilla

Friday morning around half past eight we left for Texel for the fall event of Dutch Birding. This is an annual attempt to find rare birds with as many birdwatchers as possible. The best kind of the weekend is also rewarded with a beautiful binoculars.