Dutch Birding jaargang 24 nummer 4, 2002

Artikelen / papers

193 Siberische Strandlopers in Ezumakeeg in augustus 1998 en augustus 2000
Rudy Offereins, A (Bert) de Bruin, Eric Koops, Ferdy G S M Hieselaar & Roy Slaterus

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Ezumakeeg in August 1998 and August 2000

From 6 to 23 August 1998, a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata was observed at Ezumakeeg, Lauwersmeer, Friesland, the Netherlands. On 6 August, another Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was briefly seen at the same site; this bird was identified with certainty as a second adult individual on 7 August and was last seen on 8 August. The birds could be recognized individually on the basis of their plumage and feeding behaviour. The first bird was an adult in summer plumage which was feeding very slowly; the second was an adult already moulting to winter plumage on the underparts and feeding more actively. Identification of the second individual initially caused some problems because the chevrons on the breast and flanks were less obvious, thus creating the impression of a breast band. In the evening hours of 16 August 2000, an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was again present at the same site. These observations constituted the second, third and fourth Sharp-tailed Sandpipers for the Netherlands. The first was an adult at Philippine, Zeeland, on 14-21 September 1989 (this bird was considered to be the same individual as the first for Belgium at Longchamps, Namur, on 3-5 September 1989). Remarkably, the fifth for the Netherlands, also an adult, was in exactly the same Ezumakeeg area as the previous three from 24 July 2002 onwards.

Rudy Offereins, Grote Kerkstraat 109, 8911 EB Leeuwarden, Nederland
A (Bert) de Bruin, Albertine Agnesplein 8a, 9717 EV Groningen, Nederland
Ferdy G S M Hieselaar, Meijerslaan 32, 2105 PB Heemstede, Nederland
Eric Koops, Elzenlaan 54, 9741 NG Groningen, Nederland
Roy Slaterus, Patiëntiestraat 3, 2011 DL Haarlem, Nederland

Ray Tipper & Victoria Beale

White-crowned Wheatear in Algarve, Portugal, in March 2001

On Sunday 25 March 2001 at 13:00, a group of staff and volunteers returned to Cruzinha, the A Rocha bird observatory at Mexilhoeira Grande, Algarve, Portugal (37:08 N, 08:36 W), from a morning in the field. One of the party, Isobel Soares, noticed and pointed out an unusual bird that was under the porch of the observatory building. Victoria Beale and Simon Mahood were next to see the bird, which had perched on a gate only 8 m away, and were amazed to be looking at a striking black and white wheatear Oenanthe. Within seconds, however, it flew away and could not immediately be relocated. Meanwhile, SM had suggested it was probably a White-crowned Wheatear O leucopyga and a review of the literature by VB and SM quickly confirmed this identification. After a search, the bird was rediscovered about half an hour later on the observatory roof. The bird was extremely confiding, feeding on the ground in the garden and perching on the building roofs and guttering. Throughout the late afternoon, the bird spent much of its time in the immediate vicinity of, or actually on, the observatory building, although on several occasions it disappeared for periods of 10 min or more. At 17:30, with the bird having been absent for some 15 min, a search of the grounds was conducted but failed to locate it. It was assumed that the wheatear had gone to roost and VB and RT made plans for the following morning as RT was anticipating that better light conditions for photography would present themselves on the morrow. In the event, however, much to everybody\'s surprise, the bird failed to appear the next day.
The observation at Mexilhoeira Grande constitutes the first record of White-crowned Wheatear for Portugal. It has been submitted to the Portuguese rarities committee. In western Europe there have been just three previous records involving four individuals: Germany (13-15 May 1986; now placed in category D), England (4-5 June 1982) and Spain (28 May 1977, two). Outside western Europe but within the Western Palearctic, this largely resident bird from northern Africa and the Middle East has been recorded in Cyprus (5), Greece, Kuwayt, Malta (1) and Turkey (1).

Ray Tipper, Apartado 278, 8800 Tavira, Portugal
Victoria Beale, 37 Aitken Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 3ND, UK

202 Transatlantic vagrancy of Palearctic species to the Caribbean region
Enno B Ebels
210 Gemengd paar Rotgans x Zwarte Rotgans met twee hybride jongen op Terschelling in april 2000
Theo Bakker & Enno B Ebels

Mixed pair of Dark-bellied Brent Goose and Black Brant with two hybrid young on Terschelling in April-May 2000

In April 2000, a mixed pair of Black Brant Branta nigricans and Dark-bellied Brent Goose B bernicla with two hybrid young was observed on Terschelling, Friesland, the Netherlands. This is the second record of a mixed pair with young in the Netherlands; in the winter of 1991/92, a mixed pair with two young was present and photographed in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland. The only Dutch record of a pure pair of Black Brants with (two) young was in February-March 1998 on Texel, Noord-Holland. In England, at least two mixed pairs of Black Brant and Dark-bellied Brent Goose have been observed with four and six young, respectively. In March 2002, a pure pair of Black Brants with one young was reported in England.

Theo Bakker, Eemsgolaan 24, 9727 DW Groningen, Nederland
Enno Ebels, Joseph Haydnlaan 4, 3533 AE Utrecht, Nederland

213 ??
Andrea Corso & Giuseppe Consoli

Lesser Spotted Eagle wintering in Sicily, Italy, in 2000-01

Between late September and late October 2000, c seven juvenile Lesser Spotted Eagles Aquila pomarina, all migrants, were recorded between Siracusa and Gela, south-eastern Sicily, Italy. On 31 October 2000, a juvenile Lesser Spotted Eagle flew off from the semi-dried ponds in the northern saltpans. The next day, it was seen again. After an absence of a couple of days, the bird was relocated in the Saline di Siracusa area. The rest of the month, it was seen there almost daily. During the early morning, the bird was hunting in nearby fields or along reed-beds and from c 12:00 it used to perch on dead trees (enabling a detailed study of the plumage). Its range became gradually larger and after a month, the bird not only frequented the Saline di Siracusa area but also more distant areas. In fact, it was often seen arriving from the direction of Mount Climiti and Val d\'Anapo, Mount Iblei, an area of low mountains behind Siracusa. Possibly, the bird roosted overnight in the woods of this area and hunted in the valleys and the Saline di Siracusa area during the day. It remained in the area until 13 December. After 13 December, the Lesser Spotted Eagle could not be found anymore. However, on 26 December, it was relocated at Vendicari NR, a wetland 45 km south of Saline di Siracusa. The last record was on 18 January 2001.

Andrea Corso, Via Camastra 10, 96100 Siracusa, Italy

Giuseppe Consoli, Viale Teracati 50, 96100 Siracusa, Italy

215 ??
Magnus S Robb & Arnoud B van den Berg

Presumed escaped White-winged Crossbill at De Zilk in 1963

In van den Berg & Bosman (1999), one of the photographs for Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera shows a bird of which several features struck us as odd, namely the one showing a female photographed on 7 October 1963 at De Zilk, Noordwijkerhout, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands. The slender bill with a particularly long upper mandible and the small round head seemed to point towards identification as White-winged Crossbill L l leucoptera from North America rather than Two-barred Crossbill L l bifasciata from Eurasia (cf van den Berg & Bosman 2001). Alan Knox (in litt) agreed that the bill and other structural features clearly indicated leucoptera.

Magnus S Robb, Barentszstraat 126, 1013 NS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arnoud B van den Berg, Duinlustparkweg 98, 2082 EG Santpoort-Zuid, Netherlands

218 Forsters Stern op Terschelling in november 1999
Erik van Winden & Enno B Ebels

Forster\'s Tern on Terschelling in November 1999

On 13-14 November 1999, an adult-winter Forster\'s Tern Sterna forsteri was seen and photographed at Boschplaat, Terschelling, Friesland, the Netherlands. On the second day, it was last seen close to the shore of Ameland, Friesland. This was the third record for the Netherlands. Previous records were in Zeeland on 1-2 November 1986 and in Zuid-Holland on 5 January 1995.

Erik van Winden, Heideparkseweg 526, 6532 TA Nijmegen, Nederland
Enno Ebels, Joseph Haydnlaan 4, 3533 AE Utrecht, Nederland


220 Little Bittern swallowing large lizard
Peter de Knijff & Mariëtte J V Hoffer

Masters of mystery

223 Solutions of third round 2002: Eastern Olivaceous Warbler and Lesser Short-toed Lark; Fourth round 2002
Rob van Bemmelen & Dick Groenendijk

Recencies / reviews

228 Raptors of the world by James Ferguson-Lees, David A Christie, Kim Franklin, David Mead & Philip Burton
Roy Slaterus
229 A field guide to the birds of Peru by James F Clements & Noam Shany
Arnoud B van den Berg

Total Birding

230 Reign in Spain
Anthony McGeehan

WP reports

234 June-mid July 2002
Arnoud B van den Berg

Recente meldingen / recent reports

245 Nederland: mei-juni 2002
Ruud M van Dongen, Klaas Haas & Peter W W de Rouw
253 België: mei-juni 2002
Gerald Driessens

DB actueel

256 Two Three-toed Woodpeckers; New species of pipit; Large-billed Reed Warbler is valid species; \'Oranjesnavelige stern\' langs Hollandse kust [Orange-billed tern]; Witstaartkievit op herhaling [White-tailed Lapwing]; \'Klein Amerika\' bij Wissenkerke: Amerikaanse Goudplevier en Franklins Meeuw [American Golden Plover and Franklin\'s Gull]; Wederom Siberische Strandloper in Ezumakeeg [Sharp-tailed Sandpiper]

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