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Dutch Birding volume 36 (2014) no 2


Greater Yellowlegs at Hilversumse Bovenmeent in May-June 2004 and on Noord-Beveland in October 2010-May 2012

From 24 May to 1 June 2004, a first-summer Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca stayed at Hilver­sumse Bovenmeent, Noord-Holland, the Netherlands. On 17 October 2010, a first-winter was discovered near Colijnsplaat, Noord-Beveland, Zeeland, the Netherlands. The latter stayed for almost 19 months and was seen almost daily at different sites on Noord-Beveland. It was last seen on 7 May 2012 and thus spent two winters in the area. These are the third and fourth record for the Netherlands; previous ones were near Grijpskerke, Zeeland, on 15 January 1995 and at Braakman, Zeeland, from 20 April to 3 May 1995 (accepted as different individuals). There are now almost 100 records of this American wader in Europe, in the Azores (17), Britain (36), Belgium (1), Canary Islands (1), the Czech Republic (1), Denmark (1), France (7), lreland (13), Iceland (2), the Netherlands (4), Norway (1), Poland (2), Portugal (1), Spain (8) and Sweden (3). Winter records or cases of overwintering are not exceptional in Europe; apart from the ones in the Netherlands, there have been late autumn and winter records (November-March) in the Azores, Belgium, Britain, France, Spain and Sweden.

Enno B Ebels, Joseph Haydnlaan 4, 3533 AE Utrecht, Nederland
Mark Hoekstein, 'ss Heerhendrikskinderendijk 60, 4461 DX Goes, Nederland
E H (Bert) Logtmeijer, De Dennen 182, 1402 KM Bussum, Nederland