This afternoon [9 May 2006. Like some other posts, I am saving this from the Google cache of my ModBlog blog, due to problems at ModBlog] to national park Zuid-Kennemerland.
Near Voorhout, from the train: flowering bulb fields. Tulips etc.
Some meadows, with Egyptian geese and a white stork.
Hares on a bulb field where flowers had been harvested.
In the national park, a green woodpecker calls.
Many brimstone butterflies fly about.
A cuckoo is calling.
I also hear a chaffinch, and see a jay.
I walk to the top of the vantage point Konijnenberg (“Rabbit mountain”).
One has a fine view there.
I also see a buzzard circling.
A carrion crow flies there as well, but does not seem interested in attacking the buzzard.
I go to the Wed, the only lake in the national park where people are allowed to swim.
Many people do on this hot day.
So, the lake now is not as fit for birds as in winter.
Still, herring gulls on the water.
And a courting couple of great crested grebes.
On the sandy bank, a pied wagtail.
Just before I arrive back at the railway station: a nightingale, singing.
Archaeological discoveries in Kennemerland: here.