This is a twitchers-only homepage

(This photograph is taken on May 27th 1996 on Ameland by Rudi Offereins from Assen)

On this site I will give you an overview of my new species of birds observed in the Netherlands from January 1st 1990. Birding (or better: twitching, the chase for rare birds) in the Netherlands is rapidly growing, with an increasing number of young birders, resulting in the finding of more and rarer birds. The following table below shows the years, each year linked with a list of birds, representing a link towards a photograph of the particular bird and the story behind it. It started as an exercise of an HTML-course I took in 1995, so the lay-out is very 90s-like. Anyhow I can pretend this is the oldest weblog about birds in the Netherlands.


1990
Ivory Gull, Red-throated Pipit, Storm Petrel, Rustic Bunting and Dusky Warbler.

1991
Pacific Golden Plover, Great Knot, Sandhill Crane and Lesser Yellowlegs.

1992
Falcated Duck, Balearic Shearwater and Ross's Gull.

1993
Griffon Vulture, Citrine Wagtail, Sardinian Warbler, Red-spotted Bluethroat (subsp.) and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

1994
Great Spotted Cuckoo, Rock Thrush, White-rumped Sandpiper, House Crow, Steppe Grey Shrike, Paddyfield Warbler, Pine Bunting and Lesser Scaup.

1995
Greater Yellowlegs, Daurian Jackdaw, Red-headed Bunting, Booted Eagle, Bulwer's Petrel, Bonelli's Eagle, Upland Sandpiper and Dartford Warbler.

1996
Black-throated Thrush, Black-headed Bunting, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Radde's Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Isabelline Wheatear, Blyth's Pipit and Isabelline Shrike.

1997
Lesser Canada Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, Spanish Sparrow, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Oriental Pratincole, Laughing Gull, Arctic Warbler, Greenland White-fronted Goose (subsp.), Pontic Gull and Whistling Swan.

1998
White-tailed Plover, Gyr Falcon (white morph), Black-shouldered Kite, Green-winged Teal, Eurasian Scops Owl and Stilt Sandpiper.

1999
Pygmy Cormorant.

2000
Cinereous or Black Vulture, Demoiselle Crane (now considered to be an escape), Long-legged Buzzard and Turkestan Shrike.

2001
Egyptian Vulture and Iberian Chiffchaff.

2002
Alpine Swift.

2003
Canvasback (now considered an escape), Atlas Finch (subsp.), Trumpeter Finch, Blue Rock-Thrush, Eastern Black Redstart (subsp.) and Orphean Warbler.

2004
White-throated Wagtail, Marbled Duck, White's Thrush, Western Subalpine Warbler, Western Black-eared Wheatear, Bufflehead and Pine Grosbeak.

2005
Killdeer, Purple-backed or Daurian Starling and Hawk Owl.

2006
Green Heron, Slender-billed Gull, Solitary Sandpiper, Baltic Gull (subsp.), Baikal Teal and Crag Martin.

2007
Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Hooded Merganser

2008
Eurasian Pygmy Owl

2009
Caspian Plover, Long-toed Stint

2010
Baltimore Oriole, Oriental Turtle-Dove, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Northern Waterthrush

2011
Spotted Sandpiper, Long-tailed Shrike

2012
Thick-billed Murre, Caspian Stonechat (subsp.)

2013
Cretzschmar's Bunting, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Pallid Swift, Two-barred Warbler, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (subsp.)

2014
Brown Shrike, American Robin, White-crowned Wheatear (finally rejected), African Desert Warbler

2015
Dark-eyed Junco, Thayer's Gull

2016
Siberian Rubythroat, Redhead, Moustached Warbler

Several of my birdtrips between 1996 and 2016.


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My address is:

Jan van der Laan
Brouwerstraat 19
1814 HX Alkmaar
The Netherlands

(last update 23 April 2016)