With my move back to the north of The Netherlands come more birding trips to the northern coast as well. Today I spent half a day at the sluices of Lauwersoog, enjoying a proper north-westerly storm. Whilst the sight of all MSC Zoe rubbish floating past and accumulating along the styrofoam-covered dikes was quite depressing, we still had a very nice day of seawatching. Highlights were the nice numbers of Little Gulls, a Northern Fulmar and Black-throated Diver, incredible numbers of Stock Dove (571!), a Guillemot, but above all: the first-ever documented record of an Arctic Tern in January in The Netherlands!
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.