Young birds news from Vlieland island

This video is about a little tern with chicks.

Warden Anke Bruin reports today from Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

In the west of the island there are 21 little tern couples; including 13 couples with chicks. Also two ringed plover couples.

A bit more to the east: three Kentish plover couples.

In the south-west of the island: 52 common tern and 12 Arctic tern couples; some already with chicks.

Saudi bombing kills many Yemeni civilians again

This 28 March 2015 video is called ‘Saudi-led coalition helping ISIS by bombing Houthis in Yemen’.

From Deutsche Welle in Germany, 6 June 2015:

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen market, killing dozens

More than 40 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a Saudi-led bombing raid in southern Yemen. …

Eyewitnesses and security officials said a coalition warplane fired a rocket into a busy livestock market in the southern port city of Aden Monday, killing at least 41 people. Dozens of civilians were also wounded in the bombing in the city’s Fayoush neighborhood.

“I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the wounded were being evacuated to nearby hospitals,” resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi told Associated Press.

Last week, the UN declared the situation in Yemen to be a “Level 3″ humanitarian emergency – its most severe category – where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance.

The body says the conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and displaced more than one million people. Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in bombing raids and fighting since March.

See also here.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago: here.

Wounded birds freed after recovery

Recovered kingfisher freed, photo by Ronald in 't Veld

Warden Ronald in ‘t Veld made this photo on 25 June 2015 near Puttershoek in the Netherlands. It shows a kingfisher which had collided with a window. Fortunately, the bird had not broken anything. After recovery at the Vogelklas Karel Schot in Rotterdam, the kingfisher was freed again, warden Wicher Pen writes.

At the same place, at the same time, two recovered buzzards and a kestrel were freed as well.

Mice kill petrel chicks on Gough island

This video says about itself:

By Ben Dilley, Gough Island, December 2013

Check out this short clip showing the new prion species making a racket in a cave on Gough Island. The new prion was discovered by research team Karen Bourgeois and Sylvain Dromzée who spent 2011-2012 on Gough Island as field assistants for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Percy FitzPatrick Institute.

Broad-billed prions are the most abundant seabirds breeding on Gough, and they have a broad, blackish bill. By comparison, the new species has a narrower, blue-edged bill and breeds at a different time of year. The recent discovery that two species breed on the island three months apart came as a complete surprise! The paper reporting the new prion was published by Peter Ryan et al. in Polar Biology in March 2014.

From Antarctic Science:

30 June 2015

Effects of mouse predation on burrowing petrel chicks at Gough Island


Since 2004 there has been mounting evidence of the severe impact of introduced house mice (Mus musculus L.) killing chicks of burrow-nesting petrels at Gough Island. We monitored seven species of burrow-nesting petrels in 2014 using a combination of infra-red video cameras augmented by burrowscope nest inspections.

All seven camera-monitored Atlantic petrel (Pterodroma incerta Schlegel) chicks were killed by mice within hours of hatching (average 7.2±4.0 hours) with an 87% chick failure rate (n=83 hatchlings). Several grey petrel (Procellaria cinerea Gmelin) chicks were found with mouse wounds and 60% of chicks failed (n=35 hatchlings).

Video surveillance revealed one (of seven nests filmed) fatal attack on a great shearwater (Puffinus gravis O’Reilly) chick and two (of nine) on soft-plumaged petrel (Pterodroma mollis Gould) chicks. Mice killed the chicks of the recently discovered summer-breeding MacGillivray’s prion (Pachyptila macgillivrayi Mathews), with a chick mortality rate of 82% in 2013/14 and 100% in 2014/15. The closely-related broad-billed prion (P. vittata Forster) breeds in late winter and also had a chick mortality rate of 100% in 2014. The results provide further evidence of the dire situation for seabirds nesting on Gough Island and the urgent need for mouse eradication.

Mating moor frogs, video

This 30 June 2015 video from the Hoge Veluwe national park in the Netherlands is by Ruben Smit, maker of the Dutch wildlife film De nieuwe wildernis.

It shows a female moor frog, going to look for a (blueish) male to mate with after her hibernation.