Buzzard and nightingale

NightingaleThis 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.

1 thought on “Buzzard and nightingale

  1. From Dear Kitty Modblog Google cache:

    9/23/05 at 8:13PM

    Mood: Looking Playing: Beautiful Bird, by Travis

    Today, from the train south of Hillegom: six great cormorants sitting on a windmill.

    Later, in the national park Zuid-Kennemerland: nuthatch sounds and a robin coming close.

    At the great bird lake: many coots.

    Young mute swans.

    A great cormorant landing on the water surface.

    Later, three great cormorants standing on the bank.

    They spread their wings to dry.

    Though water birds, like ducks, they don’t have the ducks’ self-drying feathers.

    Also on the lake bank: Egyptian geese grazing.

    From the hide: tufted ducks. Gadwall. Common pochard.

    And a dabchik, world’s smallest grebe species. It dives often and manages to catch a small fish.

    Someone else sees a kingfisher.


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