2005 was not a bad year, but several good species were either just passing-by, like the Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca on 3 April at Kamperhoek and the Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra on 27 May at the Eemshaven. There were other species I had already seen in previous years such as Eurasian Roller, Red-necked Stint and Semipalmated Sandpiper. A great frustrating dip was the Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina at Domburg on 23-24 September, which I missed in just an hour. And I also had dipped on the previous one in 1984!
However, there were some new species to get, like Killdeer Plover Charadrius vocifer on 3-5 April and a Daurian Starling Agropsar sturninus on 11-12 October on Vlieland. Finally a much awaited Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula appeared for two days only on 30 and 31 October.


Crowd at the Hawk Owl Surnia ulula on 31 October at Hooghalen Dr, with Max Berlijn on the left (photo by © Jan van der Laan).

Killdeer Plover
Purple-backed or Daurian Starling
Hawk Owl

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