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18 October 2014, Meijendel, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

© 2018 by Vincent van der Spek

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20 Oct 2019

Sound track advice: Stormy weather - Billie Holiday 

I’ve always considered myself a birder with a camera, rather than a bird photographer. What I do is functional, not aesthetic. I’m not particularly gifted in this department, nor am I interested in learning all about camera settings.

But once in a while even an amateur like me makes a decent picture: for the first time one of my shots made it to t...

14 Aug 2019

When the ladies from bird hospital De Wulp sent me the shots of the Grey-cheeked Thrush taken into care last year, it really knocked me off my feet for a few seconds. But when Rinse and I received this video mid-July we were equally shocked: 

(video by Sharon Lexmond / vogelopvang De Wulp)

Black Woodpeckers colonised the country around 1915 and reached the western part of the Netherlands half...

24 Apr 2019

Two new articles are added to the site!

Citrine Wagtail ID: do flight calls tell us which subspecies is involved? 

Could calls shed some light on the subspecies that reach NW Europe as vagrants? Maarten Wielstra collected a team of people to work on an analyses to find out if the calls of various ssp. differ on their breeding grounds. See more here.

Hybrid redstarts in Europe and North Africa: an ana...

22 Mar 2019

The 2018 ringing report for Meijendel, Wassenaar is out now! 

Download here (pdf; 4 MB; in Dutch only)

English summary

When the first day of a year sees the highest number of birds ever trapped for a snowless winter's day (exactly 100), and one of these birds is a new species for the site (Coues's Arctic Redpoll), than that's nothing short of an amazing start. Partly due to two late cold spells in Ma...

27 Nov 2018

In many respects autumn was remarkably slow. But November turned everything upside down!

Like in spring (with an Alpine Swift), the girls from De Wulp delivered the highlight of the season (year!).

On 5 November Lizzy sent me a WhatsApp message. She asked if I knew which species was just taken into care. Despite the pics showed a wet and scruffy bird, my pulse raised and I missed a heartbeat or two...

13 Nov 2018

pics © Marijn van Oss & Jorrit Vlot
sound © Thijs Fijen

Earlier I wrote about Siberian Chiffchaffs with common Chiffchaff calls (here). That bird (mostly) looked like a Siberian Chiffchaff, and after analyses it indeed showed Siberian mtDNA - but in the field didn't utter the characteristic

peep.

No, it called like a Common Chiffchaff!


Now the following bird, observed on Vlieland on 25 October by Th...

10 Nov 2018

There's a big if  - but another big redpoll invasion could be in the making.

The if depends on stuff like weather conditions, and the exact turn the majority of the wandering birds in Europe will take. But it's obvious that at the moment, a higher number of birds than usual is passing through. And they are early! 

The thought alone is thrilling - two large invasions in a row would be unprecedented ...

11 Jun 2018

The ID article on Eastern Black Redstart ID that I wrote with Nicolas Martinez has been published!

It was published in the latest  Dutch Birding issue (40:3). 

Check these samples:

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FREE bonus material!

Bonus material can be found here (in English) and includes an Excel document with our sample, more pics of the birds that feature in the article, pics of anal...

23 May 2018

Early May I spent a week on the lovely island of Sardinia. I was of course keen to see Balearic Shrike, the endemic west Mediterranean island ssp (badius) of the Woodchat Shrike. 

Now I'm learning by thinking out loud here, so comments are welcome.

The most important difference with the other 3 ssp. is - of course - the (near) lack of a visible white primary patch: about 2/3 of all birds have n...

19 May 2018

I just spent a lovely week on Sardinia. The recently split Mediterranean Flycatcher (Muscicapa tyrrhenica tyrrhenica) is pleasantly common there.

It seems to occur in a much wider range of habitats than Spotted Fly in NW Europe. From macchia to hill forests and from quiet farmland with scattered trees to village gardens: they seemed to be everywhere below the tree line.    

They differ from Spotted...

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