2004 was an odd year. Twitchable species were few and most twitchable taxa were either so-called Dutch splits (White-throated Wagtail and Western Black-eared Wheatear) or ducks with an history of several previous escapes (Marbled Duck and Bufflehead). Moreover, two new species for the Netherlands were not twitchable at all: Rock Bunting (30 May on Rottum) and Grey-necked Bunting (16 October at Castricum).
A White's Thrush at IJmuiden on 1 October was the highlight sofar, for most of us a dream came true. Finally there was a large invasion of
Pine Grosbeaks in Northern Europe, and on 16th November, a pair was found in Groningen.
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