Tag Archives: Twitch


Desert Wheatear in the Rebound

A while ago I visited the rare Desert Wheatear, that has chosen The Netherlands as its temporary home – see this blog. Some days ago I had to be in the area for an appointment, so […]

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Last week I decided to go for a ‘twitch’ again. A Desert Wheatear was spotted close to our international airport, Schiphol (Amsterdam). It would be my fourth in The Netherlands, number five in all if […]

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Calliope calliope!

Last Friday a long-expected and wished for species finally turned up in The Netherlands: a male Siberian Rubythroat !! One of the most beautiful species from the field guide. In short: as things goes nowadays, the […]

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Eastern Black-eared Wheatear in NL !

This afternoon, an Eastern Black-eared Wheatear was found in a place not too far away. Although I do not consider myself an active twitcher, I decided to go and have a look. The bird showed […]

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Made in China

Last Friday, I received a message that a rare red-flanked Bluetail had been seen, some 25 minutes drive from my house, along the coast. Since I was feeling not really well (flu), had seen the […]

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American Junky

Early February, a rare visitor was found in Groningen, the most northern part of the country: a female Dark-eyed Junco. Since the bird was not a lifer (I had seen it years ago on it’s home […]

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Sylvia deserti

Last week, another extreme rarity was sighted in The Netherlands: an African Desert Warbler. Never seen in The Netherlands before, nor in this part of Europe. The bird normally lives in North-West Africa. The discovery […]

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Pied Wheatear (now revisited)

Today I had a lifer: the Pied Wheatear, a bird that lives in Southeast-Europe and Asia, and winters in East-Africa. Hence, for The Netherlands a rarity. Yesterday I received some messages on my phone that […]

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White-crowned Traveller ?

Last monday a White-crowned Wheatear was reported. Birders in The Netherlands were excited, since it would be the first time this bird would have shown up here. People came from all over the country to […]

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