Good red-backed shrike news


This is a video of a red-backed shrike (and whinchats) in Sweden.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In the nature areas of ARK Natuurontwikkeling in Three Countries Park near Vaals village this year no less than five red-backed shrike couples nested, a substantial part of the Limburg province population. In 2011 the first pair was discovered and then we already expected that there would be more. Apparently the grazed rough nature is attractive for this rare bird. Development of the Nature Network Netherlands appears to deliver exceptional results here.

Migrating cranes, video


This video shows a flock of migrating cranes, fling over the backyard of Erik Smeets in Schin op Geul in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Young storks again in Dutch Limburg, after a century


This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

August 12 2014

For the first time in over 100 years in the south of Limburg province, young wild European white storks have hatched. This spring a pair of wild storks chose to nest on a pole at the restaurant of GaiaZOO as their ideal nesting location. They brought nesting material, various matings were seen and after a month of faithful breeding on June 1, three young storks hatched.

Almost two months later, on Thursday, July 24th, the first young stork took off, flying; the other two followed within a few days. Before they will go along with their parents on migration to Africa or to India in late August, they will still get some flying lessons. The basis for a new breeding colony of storks in South Limburg is hereby established. Filmed by Michelle Hollands.

Rare harvestman discovery in the Netherlands


This video says about itself:

2 eyes 8 legs Phylum Arthropoda – Arthropods /
Class Arachnida – Arachnids /
Order OpilionesHarvestmen

Harvestmen, also called Daddy Longlegs, are not spiders, but they are close relatives.

Unlike spiders, which have two main body sections, Harvestmen only have one. This one’s body is about 1/4 inch long. Harvestmen have eight legs like a spider. The Harvestman also has a little knob on its head with two eyes. They don’t possess silk glands, produce no webs, are non-venomous. They’re generally carnivorous, feeding on live invertebrate prey. Some species prefer to dine on dead animals or juices from plants, fruits and veggies.

Harvestmen release a foul-smelling odor as a defense against predators.

Translated from ARK conservationists in the Netherlands:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Onderste Bos nature reserve in the south of Limburg province under a piece of wood the very rare harvestman Paranemastoma quadripunctatum has been found. This animal was in the forest edge in a nature reserve of ARK Natuurontwikkeling.

Rare spider back in the Netherlands after 124 years


This video is about a Piratula knorri spider.

Naturalists in the Netherlands report that a spider species, last seen in the Netherlands in 1890, was seen again on 29 May 2014 in Limburg province.

This species is called Piratula knorri.

New moth species discovery in the Netherlands


First ringed border moth ever seen in the Netherlands, photo by Eric Poulsen

Regional TV L1 in Limburg province in the Netherlands reports that a moth species, new for the Netherlands, has been discovered in Savelsbos nature reserve. It is a ringed border moth.

The species was already known from Belgium, and from England.

Hunting fox, video


This is a video about a red fox, trying to catch rodents in a meadow in Eys village in the Netherlands.

Monique Crutzen made the video.