Spotted Nutcracker (slender billed): There are some twitches that you know you will remember forever, some that stand out as extra special and this one most certainly fits that narrative.
We arrived late on Sunday night and booked a hire car for Monday morning.
This slender billed eastern race being the more likely to do this.
Dawn and I along with the two other birders were soon joined by some passing locals one of which came prepared and brought his own monkey nuts.
The bird flew up and drank out of a blocked gutter before disappearing, we went off for some lunch in the town and came back only to have the nutcracker spooked off by a passing sparrowhawk.
(this image was taken on my iPhone)
Sparrowhawk: I was relieved to see that the bird of prey was after the local pigeons - but the nutcracker better keep a sharp eye out! This picture was taken in the garden where it spent much of its time.
This was such a great trip, Amsterdam is a lovely city full of great sights and good food and seeing the nutcracker just topped it off.