Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Friday, extremely bad weather and during the landing on the island everthing got soaked. But on the island it was very busy; the storm and rain had resulted in a fall of Willow Warblers (many 100's, everywhere!) and good numbers of Garden Warbler, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat etc. A Long-tailed Skua was a good find of BJ but too distant for a picture.

The next days were clear, all passerines left and we focussed on counting the waders which were presents in very high numbers. Some impressions below;

A beautifull Merlin caused some additional work by chasing the flocks during the counting:-)

A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was briefly present between the Dunlins and Sanderlings untill the Merlin showed again. I lost it when the flock took flight but hit the shutter-button as the waders flew by close. And it was on one of the pictures:-)
Other interesting records; 3 Little Stints, at least 4 Curlew Sandpipers (both rare species on Rottumeroog), Great Skua, Osprey, 2 Peregrines and 1 Mediteranean Gull.