Although the year 2000 is probably the best year in Dutch twitching history, it did not bring me new species until July. Several Alpines Swifts eluded me again and I had already seen species like Snowy Owl, Franklinīs Gull, Alpine Accentor, Rock Thrush, Booted Eagle, Spanish Sparrow, Black-headed Bunting, Black-winged Kite, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Isabelline Wheatear, Isabelline Shrike, Spotted Eagle and Surf Scoter in the past. However I saw the mother of all bird species, the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle in February on the Philippines. And finally in July I saw my first new species in The Netherlands since January 1999, the spectacular Cinereous Vulture of Ferwerd, Friesland.

The Spanish Sparrow of Camperduin, which we discovered during our big day of May 13th 2000; © Marc Guijt.

Cinereous Vulture
Demoiselle Crane (rejected after review)
Long-legged Buzzard
Turkestan Shrike

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