Black woodpecker feeding


This is a video about a black woodpecker looking for food on a tree in the Noordlaarderbos forest in the Netherlands.

Gerrit Kiekebos made this video on 13 January 2014.

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Ten thousands dunlin, one curlew sandpiper, six seals


This video is about avocets nesting in Breebaart nature reserve in the Netherlands, and about a visual artist painting them.

7 September 2013. From Losdorp to Breebaart nature reserve.

As we come near the reserve, a buzzard on a pole.

Grey lag geese flying. Also many gray leg geese in the reserve.

Scores of avocets.

This video from Britain is called BTO Bird ID – Knot and Dunlin.

Dunlin by the ten thousands. Every now and then, they fear, rightly or wrongly, a peregrine falcon or other attack. Then, flocks of thousands of the small waders start flying synchronically, looking white at first, then black as they turn.

Northern lapwings fly along with the dunlin.

In the hide, there is a barn swallow nest with young chicks. Every now and then, the parents fly in, bringing insect food. A poster asks to leave at least one of the windows of the hide open, in order to not lock the parents out.

Ringed plovers along the shore. Shoveler ducks and teal swimming.

A black-tailed godwit. Redshanks.

Then, a relatively rare wader. A young curlew sandpiper; slightly bigger than a dunlin.

We walk to the Dollard bay. Near the shore, six harbour seals rest on a sandbank. Also many dunlin here. Scores of black-headed gulls.

Four shelducks fly past. A bit later, twenty ducks of the same species.

Red admiral, Breebaart, 7 September 2013

As we walk back, a red admiral butterfly.

Frogs, swallows and bumblebees


This video says about itself:

Sir David Attenborough uses a thermal imaging camera to demonstrate the ingenious way a queen bumble bee heats up in the cold morning air to beat the insect traffic. Brilliant video from BBC animal and wildlife show ‘Life in the Undergrowth‘.

7 September 2013.

Still in Losdorp.

Near the cemetery, edible frog sound. Barn swallows flying.

Field bindweed flowers.

Dragonflies and craneflies at the cemetery. But less than yesterday: yesterday was warm; during the night it rained; now, it is colder.

A snail. I did not see one here yesterday. The rainy weather brought it out.

Along the path, flowers attract a stone bumblebee and an early bumblebee.

Back in the garden, a silver Y moth.

The case of the massive (50,000) bumblebee kill in Oregon has been settled. The court ruled that the bumblebees were killed by improper pesticide application. The pesticide, dinotefutan, was to blame. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) found that: 1) the linden trees were clearly in bloom; 2) Dinotefuran label states that the pesticide is known to be hazardous to bees when applied onto flowering trees in bloom; and 3) it was a violation of label instructions to use the pesticide under the circumstances: here.

Dutch bird news update


This video from Canada is called Red Necked Grebe on her nest.

In Golden Raand magazine, published by the Groninger Landschap conservationists in the Netherlands, fall 2013, p. 34, there is a report about birds in Groningen province this year.

Groninger Landschap has made an artificial island for nesting birds in Delfzijl harbour. This year, 226 common tern couples and 264 black-headed gull couples nested there.

This year, a squacco heron was seen near Zuidlaardermeer nature reserve. On/near that lake there nests of rare bird species this year: whiskered terns; Slavonian grebes; and red-necked grebes.

Bird migration from Spitsbergen to Spain


This video is called Pied Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta.

In Golden Raand magazine, published by the Groninger Landschap conservationists in the Netherlands, fall 2013, p. 24, there is an interview with a warden of Polder Breebaart nature reserve.

It turns out that many Breebaart avocets have been ringed in Spain.

Some barnacle geese, seen in Breebaart, are from Svalbard; others from Siberia.

Hares and buzzards


This video is called Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).

Today, to Losdorp in Groningen province.

From the train, two hares close to the railway.

In the Losdorp garden, many flowers are already finished, so not as many insects as a week ago.

Just before dusk, a female buzzard flies away, with the male following her. A few minutes later, a third buzzard flies in the same direction. Buzzards often fly to trees for sleeping just before the evening falls.

Montagu’s harrier nest webcam


This is a Dutch regional TV video on Montagu’s harriers nesting in Groningen province.

There is a webcam for watching a Montagu’s harrier nest in Groningen live on the Internet. The webcam is here. This is the first time ever that here has been a webcam at a nest of this species.

The Dutch Werkgroep Grauwe Kiekendief reports that the male of this couple is called Morri. In 2012, a data logger was affixed to him. This enabled researchers to find out about his migration to west Africa; arriving back in Groningen in May this year.

In about two months time, the chicks will fly 5000 kilometer to Africa on their first autumn migration.

Update 16 August 2013: three of the four chicks have fledged. The webcam is gone now.

Montagu’s harriers and field voles: here.

Deer crosses road and fence, video


The maker of this video, Willem ten Rae from the Netherlands, writes about it on YouTube (translated):

April 2, 2013

Between an old dairy and our farm, the roe deer regularly cross the main road between Zuidbroek and Noordbroek on their way from the clay soils to sandy soils and vice versa. So far, no accidents have happened.

Roe deer more likely to be run over at nightfall on a Sunday in April: here.

Red fox den webcam


This video is about red fox cubs in Groningen province in the Netherlands.

The webcams at the fox den in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands are working again. You can watch them here.

Already, a fox sleeps regularly in the den. Last year, foxes did not live in the den. This year may be different.