Birds and squirrels in Cornwall, video


This video from Britain says about itself:

Woodland Birds and Squirrels

Birds in the video are: Robin, Jay, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit

Filmed in January 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

The squirrel is a grey squirrel.

Turkish army attacks Kurds in Syria


This video from the USA says about itself:

Turkey Intensifies Attacks On Kurdish PKK… And Civilians

16 January 2016

The New York Times has a story about what is happening in the fight against the PKK in Turkey. The Turkish government doesn’t allow much press into the area, and frame it as a fight against terrorists. They’ve now rolled in tanks which have fired into cities. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Gunfire clattered constantly and smoke rose from two towns in south-east Turkey as the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Kurdish militants would be “annihilated” in an intensifying urban battle that has killed 25 fighters in two days.

The three-decades-old insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party flared up again in July after the collapse of a ceasefire that had lasted two years, plunging Turkey’s mainly Kurdish south-east back into open conflict.

Twenty-four PKK militants were killed in Cizre and one in Silopi in the latest operations, the Turkish military said in a statement. Eight members of the security forces suffered wounds that were not life threatening.

The two towns, in Şırnak province near the border with Syria and Iraq, have become central targets for the latest anti-PKK operations in which Turkey’s media says 10,000 police and troops, backed by tanks, are taking part.”

Read more here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Turks shoot at Kurdish targets in Syria

Today, 18:22

Turkey has bombarded an area in the north of Syria, where Kurdish fighters are. The areas shelled by the Turkish military include a military airfield captured by the Kurds near the town of Azaz. …

The area in the north since a few days is in the hands of Kurdish rebels, to the displeasure of Turkey. The Turkish government considers the Kurdish militias to be terrorists.

Ankara says the militias have links with the PKK. With that political party, the Turkish army is embroiled in a bloody conflict in southeastern Turkey.

The Kurds are the main ally on the ground in Syria of the USA. The US Americans lead an international coalition, including Turkey, carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq to fight the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS). The US Americans don’t consider the Kurdish fighters to be terrorists, to the frustration of the Turkish government.

The problem here is that the whole NATO alliance (including the USA, Turkey, etc.) officially considders the Kurds in Turkey, allies of the Syrian Kurds, to be ‘terrorists’.

Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Aleppo province: here.

Bird migration in the Americas, Internet map


This video is about bird migration.

Frpm the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, about bird migration in the Americas:

Watch a Mesmerizing Migration Map

Watch the wonder and spectacle of bird migration captured on a single map. Using millions of bird observations from participants in eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count, scientists at the Cornell Lab generated an animated map showing the annual journeys of 118 bird species. Watch how the routes change in spring and fall as birds ride seasonal winds to their international destinations. See the map in motion and read more.

Want to know which species is which? Check out the numbered key.

Fukushima nuclear disaster news


This 1 January 2016 video is called Helen Caldicott M.D. — THE MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS OF FUKUSHIMA AND CHERNOBYL.

How is Fukushima’s cleanup going five years after its meltdown? Not so well; The Washington Post writes.

Fukushima cleanup may take up to 40 years, plant’s operator says, CNN writes.

Over 70 percent of Japanese against nuclear power plants after Fukushima tragedy: here.

‘Drones may help meadow birds’


This video from Cornwall is called Meadow Pipit: Birds Singing and Chirping a Beautiful Bird Song.

Drones may be abused to kill civilians.

However, they can also be used to make beautiful videos of dolphins, like this one.

Today, regional broadcaster RTV Oost in the Netherlands reports they can help nesting meadow birds.

Drones with infrared cameras may record where meadow bird nests are better than observers on the land. Then, farmers can be warned how to avoid damaging the nests while working on the land.

Zika disease linked to deforestation


This video from the USA says about itself:

12 February 2016

Evolutionary biologist Robert G. Wallace says Zika is linked to deforestation. We are seeing the reemergence of mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and malaria.

These two videos are the sequels.

Wigeon, long-tailed tits and robin


This video from Germany is about long-tailed tits.

Today, to the park south-east of the city.

In a meadow: grey lag geese, Canada geese, Egyptian geese. And mute swans.

About a hundred wigeon swimming and on canal banks.

A robin in a bush.

A group of long-tailed tits and a great tit in a tree with catkins.

Mallards and male and female tufted ducks in a canal.

A pheasant.

A jay in a tree.