Arnhem AEB413

18 October 2014, Meijendel, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

© 2018 by Vincent van der Spek

(Very) scarce species and the more regular vagrants are much more interesting than mega rarities. Why? Because patterns become visible. On this page I analyse these patterns. When's best time to see one? Where are the hotspots? How did their numbers develop over time? An analyses of Dutch records probably reflect the patterns for much of NW Europe. 

STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION
Dutch Birds

 

lesser golden plovers in the Netherlands (2017) These two closely related species have been recorded year-round, but yet the timing of both species is different. While Pacific is less rare in Holland, the opposite is true for the UK (2017)

Iberian Chiffchaff in the Netherlands (2017) A typical spring vagrant, that often stays for weeks on end. But this pattern might change now birds are also identified on call instead of on song only. Analyses of all records between 1967 and 2017.

Hume's Warbler in the Netherlands (2017) The peak season is not necessarily the best time to twitch one! And what are the best places? An analyses of this increasing vagrant of all Dutch records till 2016. 

Greenish Warbler in the Netherlands (2017) This species has increased, though there are still meagre years. There are two seasons to find one. And there's even a breeding record! Analyses of all Dutch records till 2017.

Aquatic Warbler migration (with Albert de Jong and Erik van Winden) (2018)

The past and present migration of Aquatic Warblers in The Netherlands