Texel, bye bye on 10 October!


This is a video about birds on Texel island.

After 9 October, Friday 10 October 2014 was our last day on Texel.

Back on the ferry to Den Helder.

Many black-headed gulls, some herring gulls and a few lesser black-backed gulls flying along with the ship.

Then, jackdaws. Not seabirds. A sign we are close to landing on the continent.

Rare fungus species discovery on Texel


This video is about fungi.

Translated from the blog of warden Erik van de Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands today:

Mycologist Arthur Oosterbaan has found in De Dennen forest in the National Park Dunes of Texel the Creolophus cirrhatus fungus. This rare species was not known until now from the Wadden Sea region.

The Texel discovery was on an old beech stump.

Texel sanderlings and wheatear


This is a Dutch video about birds on Texel island in May 2013.

After 8 October, Thursday 9 October 2014 on Texel.

First, to the Slufter. On our way, a flock of golden plovers on a field.

Then, the sand dunes south of the Slufter.

We reach the North Sea beach.

Sanderlings, Texel, 9 October 2014

Sanderlings are not immediately conspicuous, being small and usually alone or in small groups.

Sanderlings, Texel, near tide line, 9 October 2014

However, they are less shy than many other bird species.

Sanderling bathing, Texel, 9 October 2014

One sanderling takes a bath near the tide line.

Northern wheatear, Texel, 9 October 2014

As we go back through the sand dunes, a northern wheatear.

As we go back through central Texel, a redshank lands on a pole in a canal.

Texel salt marshes, dunlins and sanderlings


This video is about the Schorren nature reserve on Texel island. Especially about a rare plant flowering there: the golden samphire.

After 7 October on Texel, on Wednesday 8 October 2014, to the Wadden Sea salt marshes, the Schorren.

Schorren, Texel, 8 October 2014

Much water, much mud. People had to be careful about their boots getting stuck and about falling.

Many birds had gone away to sandbanks.

Still there were sanderlings. And dunlins. And a red knot.

Wigeons and brent geese flying.

We found a dead starling; killed by a peregrine falcon?

A few sea lavender plants still had purple flowers.

Annual seablite, Texel, 8 October 2014

Much of the Schorren looked reddish; the colour of annual seablite in October.

Texel, ringed plovers, curlews and peregrine falcon


This video is called Texel, bird paradise.

After 6 October 2014 on Texel, came Tuesday 7 October.

First, to the Wagejot. Again, brent geese there.

Curlews and black-headed gulls resting, Wagejot, 7 October 2014

Scores of curlews and black-headed gulls resting.

Wigeons. A great black-backed gull.

Shelducks. Oystercatchers.

A black-tailed godwit.

Dunlin and ringed plovers, Wagejot, 7 October 2014

And a group of dunlins, ringed plovers and a redshank.

Wadden Sea birds, Texel, 7 October 2014

Then, we went to the Wadden Sea mudflats, south of the Eendracht salt marshes.

Wigeons, Texel, 7 October 2014

Many wigeons.

Shelducks, Texel, 7 October 2014

Also shelducks and other birds.

A peregrine falcon flying past.

Male and female eider ducks swimming in the Wadden Sea.

Purple sandpiper, eider duck and brent geese of Texel


Sanderling and jellyfish, Texel, 6 October 2014

After 5 October 2014 on Texel island came 6 October. Like the day before, we went to the beach near De Cocksdorp. There, we met this sanderling, feeding near a beached jellyfish.

Eight brent geese flying past.

Two common terns on a sandbank.

Eider duck female, Texel, 6 October 2014

Then, this female eider duck.

Ruddy turnstones bathing, Texel, 6 October 2014

Then, a flock of ruddy turnstones. They profit from the water near the jetty. That water is both deep enough and not too deep for bathing; and rather quiet now, as it is next to the jetty with no high tide yet.

Purple sandpiper, turnstone and herring gull, Texel, 6 October 2014

After the bath, the turnstones let their feathers dry, cleaning them. On this photo, behind the turnstone, a purple sandpiper. And a herring gull.

In the sand dunes, we see a male stonechat, a robin and a hare.

Pheasant male, Texel, 6 October 2014

And this male pheasant.

Common linnet, Texel, 6 October 2014

A bit further, a common linnet. Either a female or a juvenile.

Then, from the north of Texel to Wagejot nature reserve in the east.

Brent geese and teal swimming, Wagejot, Texel, 6 October 2014

As we sit down, brent geese, and a teal, swim.

Brent geese, Wagejot, Texel, 6 October 2014

Later, the geese graze on an islet.

Near the Lankasterdijk dike, goldfinches, like yesterday.

Kestrel, snipe, goldfinch and wheatear on Texel


Kestrel hovering, Texel, 5 October 2014

After what our earlier blog post mentioned on 5 October 2014 on Texel island, we were still there, not far from De Cocksdorp village. We saw this male kestrel hovering.

Kestrel in the grass,Texel, 5 October 2014

The bird dived to the ground, but apparently without catching a prey.

Black-tailed godwit, Texel, 5 October 2014

We continued to the Wagejot nature reserve. This black-tailed godwit was looking for food there.

Snipe, Texel, 5 October 2014

So was this snipe. Sometimes its whole long bill disappeared completely into the mud.

Goldfinch, Texel, 5 October 2014

Then, to the Lancasterdijk dike, protecting the island from being flooded by the Wadden Sea. This goldfinch sat on a fence there.

Then, to De Bol nature reserve. Shoveler ducks swimming in a pond near the windmill.

Wheatear, Texel, 5 October 2014

A wheatear flying around: sometimes on a meadow, sometimes on a fence, sometimes on the top of a dustbin.

White wagtail, Texel, 5 October 2014

On the roof a building near the windmill, a white wagtail.

Ruddy turnstones, Texel, 5 October 2014

On the Wadden Sea side of the Lancasterdijk, ruddy turnstones searched for food between seaweed.

Collared dove, Texel, 5 October 2014

Finally for 5 October, a collared dove, on top of an old nature reserve sign in Oost village.