Sardinian Warbler - Sylvia melanocephala

On Wednesday 26 May 1993 Arend Wassink was birding in the northern part of Texel. This part of Texel is called 'De Tuintjes' and is one of the most productive sites in the Netherlands and has produced rarities like Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides and Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus. In the afternoon he found a first-summer Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala and after warning birders at the mainland, lot of birders (including me) had the opportunity to twitch the fourth Sardinian Warbler for the Netherlands and the second one to be twitchable. The bird stayed in the area till Saturday 29 May and was seen by a lot of birders (cf Dutch Birding 15 (3): 144, 1993). I saw it in the afternoon of 26 May and again - and much better views - on Saturday 29 May.

29 May 1993, De Tuintjes, De Cocksdorp, Texel NH; © Marc Guyt/Agami.

29 May 1993, De Tuintjes, De Cocksdorp, Texel NH; © Harm Niesen.

At that time it was the fourth record for the Netherlands. Till 2000 there were 7 records, concerning 7 individuals (cf van den Berg & Bosman 2001: 286-287).

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