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Saturday, 30 November 2013

A Holland Hawky 30/11/13

Yet another venture, this time to Holland for one of Europe's most enigmatic birds. A Hawk Owl, discovered two weeks ago at Zwolle was still remaining faithful to the same line of trees in an industrial estate and showing very well.

Ewan drove myself, Ads & Paul Bowley and Kev (from Suffolk) to the site, and we also enjoyed the day covering a number of sites where there were other national scarcities.

The channel tunnel from Folkestone was simple enough to Callais at 3.30am (arriving at 4am) and four hours later we arrived at Zwolle, and soon we were enjoying superb views of the Hawk Owl.

Hawk Owl at Zwolle

After an hour of watching the Owl flying around, catch a mouse and posing superbly for scope views, we visited a forest at Hoenderloo, Strijen for some Geese and Den Bommel for a couple of other bits. A couple of White Storks were also seen on one of the many motorways.

Totals below of a great day out with great company as always, despite spending most of my time asleep. Arrived home at 11pm after leaving Peacehaven 24 hours before..........a long but worthwhile day.

Hoenderloo Forest
Short-toed Treecreeper - 2
Crossbill - 30
Brambling - 100

Lesser White-fronted Geese - 4
Eurasian White-fronted Geese - 200
Barnacle Geese - 10,000
Peregrine - 2

Den Bommel
Great White Egret - 8
Goosander - 1 drk
Merlin - 1

 Lesser White-fronted Geese at Strijen
Barnacle Geese at Strijel
3 species of Geese coming into roost at Den Bommel

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