Rare cattle egret in the Netherlands


This 22 November 2014 video is about a cattle egret in the Oelermars nature reserve in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Cattle egrets are rare in the Netherlands. Only three birds have ever been seen in the Twente region; 2002 had been the last time.

Orphan baby otters found at last


This video is about otters in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Foresters of the Forestry Commission and Natuurmonumenten are relieved: two young otters have been found in Hasselt. The otter mother was killed two weeks ago on the N331 road between Hasselt and Zwartsluis.

The rangers knew the female otter had pups, because milk came from the nipples of the dead animal. They did everything to find the orphaned animals. …

The Forestry Commission says on its website that the pups are about three months old and still cannot survive independently. It is, therefore, considered to be special that they survived the past 10 days. The baby otters have been brought to a shelter in Ureterp, near Leeuwarden.

Starling flock bathing, video


Bram Siertsema in the Netherlands made this video on 5 November 2014 near Wetering village (Overijssel province).

It shows a big flock of starlings, bathing together.

First eco-aqueduct for Dutch wildlife


This video from the Netherlands is about the start of building the new eco-aqueduct near Rouveen.

Translated from RTV Oost in the Netherlands, 22 October 2014:

The first eco-aqueduct for animals opens in Overijssel today. The crossover is between Rouveen and Zwartsluis and is intended for otters, snakes, frogs and fish.

Animals that use the crossing, first go through a water bridge across the Conrad canal. …

Then the passage goes underneath the Conradweg road. Also land animals can cross under the road through a dry passage.

Pied flycatcher attacks red squirrel, video


This video is about a red squirrel wanting to feed on a feeder peanut. A pied flycatcher then attacks it, as the bird thinks the squirrel is too close to its nestbox on a camping ground in Dalfsen in the Netherlands.

I think the feeder and the nestbox should not have been so close together.

Corry Zunnenberg made the video.

Rare moss in Dutch canal


This video about mosses is called Nonvascular Plants | Biology.

Translated from the Dutch BLWG bryologists:

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Last summer Purple-fringed Riccia moss was found massively in the Overijssel canal, east of Zwolle. Purple-fringed Riccia is a moss species floating on the water which occurs mainly in the Dutch big rivers and in the fen regions. From the surrounding area, the species was not previously known. Purple-fringed Riccia is an indicator of clean water.

The discoverer of the species, Melchior van Tweel, found the Purple-fringed Riccia (Ricciocarpos natans) during a cycling holiday in Lemelerveld village along the Overijssel canal.

Fifteen grey partridges, video


This video is about fifteen grey partridges, many of them juveniles.

The video was made on 28 August 2014 near De Pollen village (Overijssel province, the Netherlands) by Rick de Ruiter.

Grey partridge photos: here.