Texel island insects research

This video is called Green Tiger Beetle.

Entomologists report from Texel island in the Netherlands.

They have investigated beetles in the ‘t Grietje area near De Koog village.

They saw over 100 green tiger beetles. This species had been absent from the island for decades; and is present again since 2004.

The entomologists saw three Platyderus depressus beetles in ‘t Grietje. This species lives only on Texel, not anywhere else in the Netherlands.

Also found: five other beetle species, including Stomis pumicatis.

There were five bee species: honeybee; Andrena argentata; Colletes succinctus; large earth bumblebee; and white-tailed bumblebee.

Texel dead wood wildlife: here.

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New wasp species discoveries on Texel island

This video is called Insects & Bugs: How Are Wasp Nests Made?

Warden Erik van der Spek on Texel in the Netherlands reports that two wasp species, new for the island, were discovered there recently.

Ectemnius lapidarius was found in the coastal sand dunes.

Tiphia minuta, another wasp species, was found in the Muy nature reserve on Texel.

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440 million years old fossil on Dutch beach?

The Texel fossil, photo by Bram Fey

A week ago, Hannes and Klaas Fey were walking on the beach near the Slufter nature reserve on Texel island, the Netherlands. Then, they found a small fossil.

Arthur Oosterbaan of Ecomare museum thinks the fossil may be a Hindia fibrosa. A sponge from the Ordovician, about 440 million years old.

Maybe about 150,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, a glacier transported the little sponge fossil from Scandinavia to Texel.

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What Texel island barn owls eat

This video from Britain is called Slow-Motion Barn Owl in Flight – Unexpected Wilderness – BBC.

On 2 January 2014, children, their parents and grandparents went to Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands. There, they helped biologists doing research on owl pellets.

Owl pellets show clues about what owls have eaten. The 2 January research was about pellets of a barn owl couple near Oosterend village.

Surprisingly, a child discovered frog bones in one pellet. Barn owls hunt in the dark, seeing the body heat of their prey with infrared light. Frogs, being cold-blooded, don’t show body heat; making it hard for owls to find them. The owl may have found the frog accidentally.

As for mammals: the barn owls had caught 172 greater white-toothed shrews, 43 root voles, 10 wood mice, 2 house mice, 6 brown rats, and one bank vole.

Fifteen bird bones were found. Owls don’t often eat birds. Maybe more bird bones than usually there, because of the cold 2013 spring?

Texel common frogs: here.

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Girl’s painting for grey seal

Lara bringing her painting, photo by Sytske Dijksen

Translated from Ecomare museum and seal rehabilitation center on Texel island, the Netherlands:

Painting for Annie – 06-01-14

Our gray seal Annie received a special gift from the 12-year-old Lara Cordes. Especially for Annie she had made a beautiful painting about a seal on the beach. Lara was with her family on holiday on Texel. After visiting Ecomare they decided to adopt Annie. A few days later she came to bring this painting, together with her aunt and cousin. Thank you Lara! We will find a nice spot for this in Ecomare.

Gray seal Annie

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Snowy owl and northern hawk-owl in the Netherlands

This video from Canada says about itself:

A Snowy Owl Success Story

In late November 2011, an emaciated snowy owl was rescued by Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society. He was far from his Arctic home, probably driven south by a lack of food in the north. After less than a month he was fit enough to be released, to return home when he’s ready.

This morning, a male snowy owl was seen in the sand dunes, on Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

On 28 December, a male snowy owl had been seen in the north of Texel island, not so far from Vlieland. Was this the same owl? However, the Texel observer describes the bird as not yet an adult; the Vlieland observer as adult.

The northern hawk-owl is also still in Zwolle today.

Snowy owl in the Netherlands

This video from North America is called Snowy Owl Invasion.

Yesterday afternoon, Dutch birdwatcher Siebold van Breukelen saw a snowy owl on Texel island, between De Koog and Den Hoorn villages. Three carrion crows drove the owl away.

Texel island nature reserve and stormy weather

This video is about the Slufter nature reserve on Texel island in the Netherlands; before, during and after the big storm of 5 December 2013. Much more sea water than usually there then.

See also here.

Dutch beached porpoise Ella recovering

This video from Canada says about itself:

Harbour porpoise rescued

Theodore the harbour porpoise is on the road to recovery. Kylie Stanton reports. July 26, 2012.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Harbour porpoise Ella getting better – 10 December 2013

It’s been very exciting times for porpoise Ella, but fortunately she is getting a lot better. The small toothed whale stranded on 18 October on the Texel beach. While being cared for by SOS Dolfijn it soon became clear that the porpoise had breathing problems. It turned out she had pneumonia. For more than two weeks, day and night, volunteers and staff supported her in the water because she could not swim herself. Now that the medication is working, things go well. Meanwhile, she swims all by herself.

More about Ella is on the SOS Dolfijn site.

Nightjars on Texel island

This video is called European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Jud. Harghita, Romania, 4 August 2013.

Ecomare museum on Texel in the Netherlands reports that this summer, young nightjars have fledged again on the island.

Famous Dutch naturalist Jac. P. Thijsse wrote that in the last years of the nineteenth century, this bird species nested on Texel. However, then they became absent for over a century.

In 2006 there was a succesful nesting attempt again. In 2013, there were even two nightjar nests. However, only one of them succeeded.