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The White-wingers are back!

During yesterday's count I saw a fantastic — and my first — (sub)adult Iceland Gull. A real rarity in the region, with the previous record of a similar bird being more than 4 years ago. Today two Glaucous Gulls turned up. It's clear: the white-wingers are back. And that in combination with a rough sea… What's more to wish for?

Yesterday's count didn't disappoint in other respects as well, with 2 Great Northern Divers, 7 Black-throated Divers, quite a bunch of Chaffinches for the end of November, 500+ Redpoll spec. and a calidus-type Peregrine (which I failed to realise fully until the bird had flown past already, so I have no photos). Today on the other hand, was rather calm, except for the white-wingers.

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Manx' Madness

These were days to remember! Multiple days of westerlies made for some fantastic seawatching conditions.

The results (a summation of the 12th til 15th of September):

  • Manx Shearwater: 53 (new day record: 25 birds)
  • Sooty Shearwater: 27
  • Leach's Storm Petrel: 10
  • Northern Fulmar: 6
  • Sabine's Gull: 3
  • Great Skua: 132 (new day record for The Hague: 93 birds)
  • Pomarine Skua: 12
  • Arctic Skua: 52
  • Long-tailed Skua: 3
  • White-winged Tern: 1 (a very rare autumn record)

In comparison with seawatching sites further out at sea these numbers are not very spectacular, but for us at the ‘outside bend’ of the Dutch North Sea coast these numbers are very impressive.

The day after, shockingly, produced a new autumn record of Common Kestrels: 63 birds flew past De Vulkaan, sometimes in groups up to 7 birds! Probably birds that have waited out the storms to finally make a leap southwards.

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus

Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)