Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva at Kornwerderzand, September the16th, 2000


By now, we are so spoiled by rareties, that a Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva on the pager doesn't even make us think about getting into the car for a quick twitch.

Please, let me take you people back to the past. Times when birds like this one DID make our harts beat a little faster. On September the 16th, 2000, Maarten and Ben Wielstra and Kasper Hendriks were, as always, very active with birding. This time, we had cycled all the way to Meijendel, Wassenaar, when the pagersystem reported a Red-breasted Flycatcher on the Kornwerderzand, Friesland. After hours of doubt, we decided to take the train and bus towards the spot and twitch that species new to their list! That turned out to be a wise idea.

At the spot, the bird showed very well. Kasper, who, by incident, had a small tape-recorder in his pocket, put that same tape-recorder under the bushes that were most used by the bird. After dropping the recorder, we had to wait just a quarter of an hour. As soon as the bird found the tape-recorder, it took its chance and called something that we'd better not translate into any humane language. But, you can try to find out what it was by clicking the sound-file below...


Bring me back to the core, please...