It looked as if 1992 would be a most average year. A Falcated Duck Anas falcata appeared in January, there were Snowy Owls Bubo scandiaca on three or four occasions, a Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus stayed for a very short time at Breskens, Zeeland, on 16 May and the first Booted Eagle Aquila pennata was photographed on 30 May at Leersum, Utrecht, but seen by one observer only. In July, everybody had the opportunity to tick-off a long-staying Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus at Camperduin NH. October produced two Pied Wheatears Oenanthe pleschanka and on 24 October a Fea's/Zino's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira surprised a number of observers at Camperduin NH. Absolute highlight of 1992 however, was the second-winter Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea at IJmuiden NH on 21-27 November, which attracted a large crowd during it's stay.

The ultimate fear! Will it ever return?
Max Berlijn (right) and me (left) just before we saw Ross's Gull at IJmuiden on 21 November 1992! © Hans ter Haar.

Falcated Duck
Balearic Shearwater
Ross's Gull

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