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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Holland 29th - 30th December

 
An early morning start, and taking the 7.20 Eurotunnel got the 5 of us to mid Holland by 12.00 Dutch time the new Tom Tom got us to the exact spot just outside Rotterdam where we got our first twitch. The Bufflehead.

Our main target was the Northern Hawk Owl usually much further North in Finland. By 2.00pm we were in the outskirts of Zwolle and soon found the crowd of 40 plus watching this Owl





 
 
After a couple of hours we headed for our Hotel for a good nights sleep.
 
 


Next morning up early before daylight, and after breakfast in the carpark Paul found a couple of Hawfinches, meanwhile the others spotted a Black Woodpecker fly over, which was our next target.

Somewhere in a wood somewhere in Holland it wasn't long till we got stunning views of Black Woodpecker.





Black Woodpecker
Our next target was a Baikel Teal which would have been a first for Paul let alone for the rest of us, but it wasn't to be. We then started heading for home seeing hundreds of Barnacle and White-fronted Geese.

650 miles round trip we arrived back in Fairlight at 8.00pm after a couple of hours delay at the Calais terminal.
White-fronted Geese

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