Hoverfly on flower, video


This is a video about a hoverfly on a flower.

Marjo Steffen made this video in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

Beaver back in Friesland after 350 years


This 31 August camera trap video, made by Harrie Bosma near Woudsend village in Friesland province in the Netherlands, shows that a beaver has started to build a dam there.

This is the first time for this species since about 350 years.

In 2008, beavers had been introduced to Groningen and Drenthe provinces, bordering on Friesland. But this is the first proof they have crossed the Friesland border.

Good Frisian short-eared owl news


This video is called An Introduction to the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus).

Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It was already known that this spring in some places in the Netherlands, short-eared owls had started to breed. It will surprise many people that in Friesland province there were dozens of couples. The counter now says more than 40 breeding pairs in continental Friesland, significantly more than were recorded all over the Netherlands in recent years. Including the Frisian islands, the provincial number will be about 50. Also elsewhere in the Netherlands, unexpectedly short-eared owls nested.

Five short-eared owl babies born


This video from Britain is called Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls.

Translated from Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation in the Netherlands:

Young short-eared owls born in Skrok

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:11

Unique: Five owlets were born from a nesting pair of short-eared owls in Skrok nature reserve. Unique to the Frisian area, 10km north of Sneek. It is certainly twenty years since breeding short-eared eared owls had been observed there for the last time.

Mowing postponed

Ranger Sander Veenstra: “Now that we know this, we will definitely not mow this plot in the coming weeks.” …

It’s a good short-eared owl year. This year there is a surplus of mice. And that is visible. In the nest of this couple there are mice which have not even been eaten. The parents have made a sort of a pantry. The owlets can use this as well in the coming months. In a few weeks’ time, they will fly off. A unique event for Skrok,” says ranger Sander Veenstra.

Senegalese and Dutch black-tailed godwit research


This video is called Godwits – Limosa limosa at Giganta Ricefields, Porto Alto, Portugal.

From BirdLife:

Gerrit and Khady: a Black-tailed Godwit romance

By Obaka Torto, Mon, 30/06/2014 – 14:59

Through the work of BirdLife International, Africa and Europe have come together many times for the love of birds. Khady Gueye from Senegal and Gerrit Gerritsen from the Netherlands offer a fine example of this. Both Khady and Gerrit are passionate about Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa), a ‘Near Threatened’ migratory shorebird. Khady studies them while they winter in Senegal and Gerrit is the godwit conservation specialist of Vogelbescherming Nederland (VBN, BirdLife in the Netherlands). He makes every effort to conserve the breeding habitat of the godwits in the Netherlands. The linkage between the two is even stronger. A bird ringed by Gerrit in 2007 went missing for six years, only to be rediscovered alive and well by Khady in Senegal in 2013.

Khady and Gerrit in Friesland, The Netherlands (Photo: Barend van Gemerden/VBN)

Khady and Gerrit in Friesland, The Netherlands (Photo: Barend van Gemerden/VBN)

Khady met Gerrit during her visit to Friesland, a province in the North of the Netherlands. Here she joined the researchers from the University of Groningen / Global Flyway Network to study the breeding habits of Black-tailed Godwits. Thanks to the team of Prof. Theunis Piersma and Jos Hooijmeijer, Khady learned a great deal about godwits and research techniques that will help her study.

Khady: “My job was to assist the team in their research; looking for nests and chicks, monitoring and ringing chicks. We also captured adults to read their rings and conduct biometric measurements. I improved my skills in reading rings and I now have a clear idea on how to study the availability of feeding resources for the birds at a site.”

Khady with just fledged chick of Black-tailed Godwit (Photo: Barend van Gemerden)

Khady with just fledged chick of Black-tailed Godwit (Photo: Barend van Gemerden)

Khady proved to be a valuable member of the team and her interest in the Black-tailed Godwit and determination to continue her research was held in high esteem by the entire team in the Netherlands. Khady: “Most exciting was working with the research team of Jos Hooijmeijer in the Netherlands, and the prospect of them coming to Senegal during the next season. While I was there, I better understood the ecology, migration strategies, as well as threats to the Black-tailed Godwit.”

Overall, Khady was highly impressed by what she saw in the Netherlands. “From my point of view, it is a very organized country. In Friesland in particular, people are friendly and pleasant. In this part of the Netherlands, the conservation of biodiversity and especially birds, is extremely important to the community.” To strengthen the commitment of the local community, Khady also participated in a successful visit of school children to a farm where many godwits breed. Khady’s presence emphasised the international connections that exist through migratory birds.

Khady scanning for Black-tailed Godwits in Senegal (Photo: Barend van Gemerden/VBN)

Khady scanning for Black-tailed Godwits in Senegal (Photo: Barend van Gemerden/VBN)

Young Graduates Research Project

Khady Gueye is a one of the awardees of the Young Graduates Research Project (YGRP) award, a conservation project grant under The Conservation of Migratory Birds (CMB) project, funded jointly by MAVA Foundation and Vogelbescherming Nederland (VBN).

This award is targeted at MSc-level students conducting ongoing research on migratory bird species in Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

This is a recurring award and the next grant opportunity will be announced shortly, so stay tuned to the CMB project page!

Lapwing most popular animal in Friesland province


This video is about a northern lapwing nest.

There have been polls about most popular animals and most unpopular animals in the dailies Leeuwarder Courant (in Friesland province in the Netherlands) and Dagblad van het Noorden (Groningen and Drenthe provinces).

Ouderenjournaal in the Netherlands writes about this:

June 15, 2014, 9:58

For Frisians, the lapwing is at number 1 in the list of favourite animals. In the top ten of Friesland there are not less than eight bird species. The house mosquito is number one in the rankings of most troublesome animals.

The lapwing thus defeats the black-tailed godwit – known [in Frisian] as the “Kening fan ‘e Greide’ [king of the meadow] – coming in second place. The third place is for the barn swallow. The only mammals in the top ten are the roe deer and the hedgehog, in places seven and eight respectively. The love of the Frisians for birds is striking; with their northern provinces neighbours in Groningen and Drenthe, the top three are all mammals.

Oak processionary caterpillars are at number two on the obnoxious animal list in Drenthe and Groningen, but at number eight in Friesland, where they occur less.

In Friesland men had the black-tailed godwit at number 2 of the favourite list; women at 8.

Bats in Friesland, the Netherlands


This video from The Netherlands says about itself:

After sunset, the common noctules leave their home.

Ecologists from Friesland in the Netherlands report about bats in the north east of that province.

Six bat species were found.

They were (in order of numbers, with the most common species first): common pipistrelle, Nathusius’ pipistrelle, serotine bat, common noctule bat, Daubenton’s bat and particoloured bat.

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