Bullfinch couple bathing, video


This video is about a male and a female bullfinch bathing in the Netherlands.

Mike Seuters made the video.

Rare butterfly invasion in the Netherlands


This 15 July 2014 Dutch entomology video is about the recent invasion in the Netherlands of scarce tortoiseshell butterflies; a species, new for the Netherlands.

See also here.

New butterfly species discovery in the Netherlands


This video says about itself:

Scarce Tortoiseshell Feeds on Oak Sap ヒオドシチョウがミズナラ樹液を吸汁

9 February 2014

A Scarce Tortoiseshell (aka Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell; Nymphalis xanthomelas japonica, family Nymphalidae) feeding on the fermenting sap of an oak tree (Quercus crispula, family Fagaceae). October 2013 in Japan.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

July 14, 2014

Invasion of a new butterfly species in the Netherlands: scarce tortoiseshell seen

This week a butterfly species entered our country which had never been seen before in the Netherlands: the scarce tortoiseshell. This involves dozens of individuals. This species was initially unnoticed because it is very similar to another one: the large tortoiseshell. An expert from the Butterfly Foundation discovered that many sightings of large tortoiseshells reported since late last week were incorrect. It was in all cases the scarce tortoiseshell.

Usually, this species, new for the Netherlands, lives much further to the east.

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!

Reed warbler sings, video


This video is about a reed warbler singing in the Netherlands.

Gerrie van der Meulen made the video.

Hedgehog mating season, video


This video about mating hedgehogs is by jamhees in the Netherlands.

Which blackbird sings best, contest


This video from Norway says about itself:

Blackbird switches to quiet song while hunting for food

Common Blackbird (Turdus merula; Svarttrost; Merle noir) sings loudly from a tree, drops to the ground to poke for grub, then switches to a barely audible twittering song, as if singing to itself. This musical twitter is a variant of the so-called “quiet song”. From the island of Sotra west of Bergen, Norway in early spring. Background songs are Great Tit, European Robin, and Greenfinch.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands:

Dutch Championship Blackbird Singing

From Texel to Limburg and from Zeeland to Friesland. From across the country in recent months Vroege Vogels received hundreds of recordings of blackbirds singing. More than 200 people sent in their favorite Turdus merula. After long deliberation, the jury of the Dutch Blackbird Championships nominated three sweet-voiced singers. Now it’s up to you to determine who sings most beautifully. The election is on. The winning blackbird will win a song about it by singer-songwriter Ellen ten Damme. Read more here.

Please note that by moving your cursor over one of the three blackbirds here you can listen to that individual’s sound. Then choose the best singer by placing a checkmark under its picture and vote!

North American orchid discovery in the Netherlands


This video, in French, is about Spiranthes lucida orchids growing on the ‘île de Montréal island in Quebec, Canada.

Spiranthes lucida, shining lady’s tresses, is a North American orchid, never seen in Europe.

At least not until June this year, in a nature reserve near the Lek river in the Netherlands.

27 Spiranthes lucida orchids were discovered there, twelve of them flowering.

How did these flowers get here? This orchid species is not sold in commercial plant trade. So, not feral. Seeds brought here accidentally with trade in other products? Brought here by a migratory bird?

Zander, underwater video


This is a video about a zander in the Haarlemermeersebos pond in Hoofddorp in the Netherlands.

Tveenstra made the video.