Rare plant discovery on Ameland island


Rock sea lavender

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports that a flowering plant species, new for the Netherlands, has been discovered on Ameland island.

It is Limonium binervosum, rock sea lavender. This species used to be endemic to Britain and Guernsey, Wikipedia says. And Spain and France, Vroege Vogels says.

Over 100 rock sea lavender plants have been found recently on Ameland, making it the most northerly and easterly place for this species.

See also here.

Caspian terns’ new roosting place on sandbank discovered


This video from California in the USA is called Caspian Terns Up Close & Personal.

Warden Nico Jonker on Ameland island in the Netherlands reports about a recently discovered roosting place for Caspian terns.

Since the beginning of this month, about 10-22 Caspian terns gather on Engelsmanplaat sandbank, east of Ameland, to sleep.

This biggest of tern species is rare in the Netherlands. On 15 August, the Caspian terns will be counted again.

Hermit crab invasion, video


This video is about an invasion of small hermit crabs in the North Sea near Ameland island in the Netherlands early this June.

Ronal.Anneloes made this video.

First ever tawny owl on Ameland island


This video from Britain says about itself:

An Introduction to the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

This short film by owl conservationist Ian McGuire takes a brief look at the familiar too-whit too-whoo nocturnal owl of woodlands – the tawny owl.

Marjan, warden on Ameland in the Netherlands, writes that three owl species already have long histories on the island: short-eared owl, long-eared owl, and barn owl.

Since about a year, there is a fourth owl species, new for Ameland: a tawny owl lives in the Kwekerijbos woodland near Nes village. People hear its call regularly.

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Dutch Sandwich tern, Ameland to Namibia migration


This video from England is called Sandwich terns return to RSPB Coquet Island.

Marjan, warden on Ameland island in the Netherlands, reports that in June 2013 a Sandwich tern was ringed at a nesting colony on the island.

Recently, people spotted that bird in Namibia in Africa.

Will it have a succesful spring migration, all the long way back to Ameland?

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Map butterfly on Dutch islands, new discovery


This video from the Netherlands is about map butterflies (their early summer morph).

Recently, map butterflies were recorded for the first time on Ameland and Vlieland islands in the Dutch Wadden Sea.

Probably, south winds blew them to these most northern places where this species was ever seen in the Netherlands.

Since about 1950, map butterflies spread over the Netherlands from the south.

Sunfish beaches on Dutch island


Sunfish on Ameland beach, photo © Petra de Jong

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Sunfish on Ameland beach – 01/03/13

A huge ocean sunfish 1.55 meters long and 1.22 meters high! Hikers found the big fish last Tuesday on the beach of Ameland. It is a remarkable find. It does not happen every year that ocean sunfish are seen along our coast, yet this is the fourth individual in a few weeks’ time. In addition, this one was pretty big. Usually people see smaller specimens. The largest one ever in the Netherlands beached also on Ameland. That was in 1889. That animal was 2.73 meters long.

Several finds

On Texel in December two dead sunfish were found on one day, one on the North Sea beach, the other one along the Wadden Sea. They were two relatively small fish of 60 and 80 centimeter. A few days later a third sunfish washed up on the beach of Domburg in Zeeland. This one was 1.13 meters long.

Yesterday, a squid beached on Ameland as well; photo here.