I have just returned from a family holiday to Texel. I love this island because there are birds everywhere. Texel is known for it’s breeding Spoonbills, Sandwich Terns, Arctic Terns and Hen Harriers and as a stopover for migrating waders. Above all, for twitchers, the island has hosted a wide range of rare birds, such as the Caspian Plover just two weeks ago. When we were there there was a Black Guillemot on the beach (my second ever) on saterday evening, apparently weakend and unable to fly and eventually grabbed and killed by a dog before our eyes. Next day a Woodchat Shrike was present and there was a good passage of raptors with seven Black Kites, two Red Kites and a Red-Footed Falcon. The flock of twelve Dotterels could not be relocated, but I found a flock of 16 myself. Other nice bird during the week were Ortolan, Wood Warbler, some White Storks and a Pectoral Sandpiper.
See some pictures below.