Texel island bird news


This video is about Texel island birds.

Warden Jitske Esselaar reports from Texel island in the Netherlands about the birds’ 2014 nesting season.

In De Muy nature reserve, there were more spoonbill nests than ever: 85. There were 882 great cormorant nests. Thing went well in the Muy for black-tailed godwits, redshanks, curlews and northern lapwings.

In De Geul, there were about 400 spoonbill nests. And 661 great cormorant nests.

It was a better hen harrier year than last year: there were four nests with eggs. Seven male chicks and two female chicks fledged. Unfortunately, no short-eared owl nests.

There were about 120 eider duck nests in the Slufter area.

Spoonbill Texel 2014 nesting season: here.

Oceanic puffer, first time in the Netherlands


This is a video by a German diver on an oceanic puffer.

Oceanic puffers are a subtropical fish species.

They had never been recorded from the North Sea.

However, this week people from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands discovered one; beached on the south of the island.

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.