Yesssssss, we’ve got a Yank!

The second ever and first twitchable Dark-eyed Junco (Grijze junco) – a very rare North American vagrant – for the Netherlands was discovered yesterday by Jacob Bosma in his garden (!) in Groningen.

This ‘golden dick’ also found the first twitchable Pine Grosbeaks (Haakbek) and second Western Black-eared Wheatear (Westelijke blonde tapuit) for the Netherlands, this means I owe three species on my Dutch list to this man!


This morning around 9:30 AM Jacob Garvelink and I arrived at the scene and within 5 minutes we obtained walk-away-views of this ‘Yank’ as it sat 5 meters away from us in a tree, ridiculous!


After the African Desert Warbler (Afrikaanse woestijngrasmus), the Oriental Turtle Dove (Oosterse tortel) and the Spotted Sandpiper (Amerikaanse oeverloper), this is already the fourth MEGA for the Netherlands this winter!


Jacon Bosma, thanks for this amazing once-in-a-lifetime find!


Happy Birding!

Arjan Dwarshuis
Arjan Dwarshuis