Don’t kill wigeons, Dutch judge says

This is a video about wigeon males and females in the Netherlands.

Sometimes, Dutch judges make wrong decisions. But sometimes, they make right decisions.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, October 21

In Noord-Holland province for the time being wigeons, a duck species, are not allowed to be shot. The court in Haarlem decided last week in an emergency procedure that the exemption which provincial authorities had decided should be suspended. BirdLife in the Netherlands is pleased with the ruling.

Eco-ethology of the wintering Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) in Garaet Hadj Tahar, Northeast of Algeria

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Merzoug, S. E., Amor Abda, W., Belhamra, M., & Houhamdi, M. (2014). Eco-ethology of the wintering ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca (Anatidae) in Garaet Hadj Tahar (Guerbes-Sanhadja, Northeast of Algeria). Zoology and Ecology


The ecology (phenology and diurnal eco-ethology) of the ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca was studied during three seasons of its wintering (2010/2011, 2011/2012, and 2012/2013) in Garaet Hadj Tahar (a Ramsar site since 2001 with an area of 120 ha, complex of Guerbes-Sanhadja, Skikda, Northeast of Algeria). The maximum number of ferruginous ducks recorded there in December 2012 was 605 individuals. This figure includes the total number of these birds in two populations living at the site: the first one is a nesting sedentary population consisting of about 20 pairs, and the second one, more numerous, frequents the center of this wetland only in wintering seasons. The study of the rhythm of diurnal…

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Rare birds in North America update

This video is called Birds of Western Canada – Ducks, Geese & Coots.

From the American Birding Association:

Rare Bird Alert: September 5, 2014

By , on September 5, 2014

This week could reightly be called the week that Alaska exploded. Granted, this time of year means that there are groups of birders on two of the ABA’s most noted vagrant traps, Gambell and St. Paul Island, dedicated to finding Asian strays, but even by the exceptional standards that birders on those islands set year after year, this last week has been extraordinary.

We may as well get used to starting with Alaska this week, because I get the feeling we’ll be starting with Alaska regularly for the next few. On Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, birders seemed to hit the jackpot over and over again. The most notable find so far is likely the ABA’s 4th record of Tree Pipit (ABA Code 5), an accommodating individual present at least through the writing of the post. Also at Gambell one and likely two Brown Shrikes (4) have been hanging around, as well as a Eurasian Hobby (4) and a Yellow-browed Warbler (4) as recently as yesterday. Coming close to matching Gambell’s truckload of rarities, on St. Paul birders found a Jack Snipe (4) and a Siberian Rubythroat (4) . Lest you think all the action is on the islands, a Long-billed Murrelet (3) was photographed in Homer.

One first record this week, a report that went public only a few hours before this post published. In British Columbia, a Green Violetear, a first provincial record and the third for Canada, was photographed at Port Alberni. More on this as it develops. Also in the province, a Little Stint (3) was well-photographed in Sidney, a Ruff (3) was seen at Ladner, and a Lark Bunting at Port Hardy.

Washington also had a Ruff (3), this one at Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor.

Vagrant shorebirds in Oregon took the form of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3) in Coos. Meanwhile, an Indigo Bunting was seen inDouglas.

Excellent for Idaho was a young Sabine’s Gull in Valley.

A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visited two separate feeders on opposite sides of California this week. One was in San Luis Obispo and the second in Eureka. These are the 13th and 14th records for the state.

A nice find in Nevada was a Lark Bunting in Washoe.

Vagrants in Utah this week include an American Redstart in Weber, an Ovenbird and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Davis, and aClay-colored Sparrow in Salt Lake.

Colorado also had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, this one in Phillips, and an Eastern Towhee was found in Logan.

Arizona’s recurring Sinaloa Wren (5) has made its appearance for the third straight year at Fort Huachuca in Cochise.

In Texas, a Greater Pewee was seen in Houston, where it has spent the last 5 winters.

A Crested Caracara [see also here] in Barber, Kansas, is that state’s 7th.

A Little Gull was seen this week on Yankton Reservoir, which straddles Nebraska and South Dakota, and the bird was seen on both sides of the line. Unique to Nebraska, however, was a Long-tailed Jaeger found in Lincoln.

A Long-tailed Jaeger was also seen in Marion, Iowa, this week, along with a Red Phalarope near Saylorville.

A Mottled Duck in Mason, Illinois, is around that state’s 10th record. A Ruff(3) was also seen in Chatauqua.

In Ohio, a Reddish Egret in Delaware is a remarkable record, and only that state’s 2nd.

Always a nice bird inland, a Great Black-backed Gull was photographed in Hamilton, Tennessee.

Infrequent in recent years, birders on a trip out of Hatteras, North Carolina, were surprised to get great looks at the enigmatic Bermuda Petrel (3).

In Virginia, a Wood Stork has spent the better part of two weeks in Clarke.

Less notable as the years wain, a White-winged Dove was seen in Cape May, New Jersey.

An apparent Brown Booby (3) was photographed in Queens, New York.

In Ontario, a Glossy Ibis was found near Hamilton.

Great for Quebec, a Lark Bunting was photographed at Côte-Nord.

Rare for Connecticut, a Parasitic Jaeger was spotted in the Connecticut waters of Long Island Sound.

And yet another Brown Booby (3) stopped off on a fishing boat on the Grand Banks, Newfoundland, that province’s 3rd record.

Rare red-breasted merganser nest on Terschelling island

This video is called Red-breasted Merganser courtship display.

Wardens of the Boschplaat nature reserve on Terschelling island in the Netherlands report seeing a red-breasted merganser with ducklings.

So, a case of nesting for this species, rare in the Netherlands.

Only about 35-45 couples nest in the Netherlands usually. Mostly not in the Wadden Sea region, though there was a case on Griend island.

Muscovy ducks in love, video

This video is about muscovy ducks in love.

Cor van de Veen from Baarn in the Netherlands made the video.

Ducks, ducks, dabchicks and whitethroat

Common pochards, 25 May 2014

Still 17 May 2015. After the early morning in Meijendel nature reserve, we arrived at a lake where these pochard ducks swam.

Common pochard male, 25 May 2014

There were males.

Common pochard male and female, 25 May 2014

And females as well.

There was a redshank too, but it did not want to be photographed.

A little grebe, also known as dabchick, swimming.

A male tufted duck swimming as well.

A bluethroat singing on a bush.

A chiffchaff sings.

We arrive at another lake.

A reed warbler sings, somewhere in a reedbed.

A garden warbler sings in a tree.

A male and a female reed bunting together in a tree.

Little grebes, 17 May 2014

Dabchicks swimming.

A rabbit crosses the footpath.

Garden tiger moth, 17 May 2014

A garden tiger moth caterpillar.

Garden tiger moth, Meijendel, 17 May 2014

Not the only specimen of this species today.

Whitethroat, 17 May 2014

Again, a whitethroat singing. One of the most common birds in Meijendel.

Seaside pansies, 17 May 2014

Seaside pansy flowers.

Egyptian geese and red-crested pochards, 17 May 2014

Another lake, with red-crested pochard ducks and Egyptian geese.

A female stonechat on a bush.

A chaffinch.

A juvenile common frog.

Clove-scented broomrape flowers.

Also about Meijendel: here.

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Mallard ducklings jump at Irish university building, video

This video says about itself:

Ducklings take leap of faith on UCD campus

6 May 2014

On my way through University College Dublin campus I came across a Mother duck with her ducklings and they brightened up my day. Make sure you watch this until the end!

Mandarin duck and wood duck ducklings are known for jumping out of tree nests shortly after hatching. I did not know yet about mallard ducklings like in this video.

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