Reed warbler and great crested grebe chick

This is a great crested grebe video.

From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:

6/10/05 at 5:16PM

A reed warbler is singing.

Not far from this, something unhappier: a dead moorhen drifts in a ditch (fatally bitten by a pike? or rat?).

On the bank, another moorhen stands silently looking at it: mourning, or do I then think too anthropomorphically on moorhens?

In the nature reserve, the research on inhabitants of hollow trees is continuing.

Not far from the tree where nearly 200 noctule bats rest, another tree is home to jackdaws on one side, great tits on the other side.

At the small pond, a dragonfly flies too fast to see which species it is.

At the bigger pond near the castle, blue-tailed damselflies rest on water-lily leaves.

At the meadow: northern lapwing, lesser black-backed gull, coot with young, barn swallows chattering, oystercatcher. On my side of the water, Lily-Of-The-Valley flowers.

The eggs in the great crested grebe nest have hatched. A chick with white striped head sits on a parent’s back. The other parents brings a fish to the nest.

Though the fish is less than 10 centimeter long, it’s still too big for the chick.

Near the entrance of the nature reserve, as usually, a big Chicken of the Woods fungus on a tree stump.

At the white stork nest, one parent stands with the two young. The other parent is on the meadow below the nest, looking for food. Later, both parents are on the nest.

From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:

10/14/05 at 4:58PM

Today in the nature reserve.

Many mushrooms. Nuthatch sounds.

And a buzzard flying over the meadow east of the forest.

Also from the cache, 7/9/05 at 9:47AM:

Today, again a walk along the railroad.

It would be surprising if in two days time, the flowers would be gone. So, they are still there: Saint John’s wort. Long-headed poppy (or blindeyes). Tansy.

Somewhat less obvious is that the butterflies are still there: three Maniola jurtina, meadow brown, at some distance from each other.

A cabbage white flies past. A chiffchaff sings.

In the botanical garden, still the pondskaters in the brook.

At least two species of damselfly today: blue-tailed; and Enallagma cyathigerum, common blue damselfly.

On my way home, first a mute swan; then, the black swan in nearly the same spot as a few days ago.

Another one from the ModBlog cache:

Swallows, Egyptian geese, and grebes Comments: 2
Date: 9/15/05 at 3:34PM

Today, many barn swallows flying over the meadow east of the nature reserve.

Maybe already preparing for their autumn migration to Africa.

Also flying there: five Egyptian geese.

Birds originally from Africa. Established themselves from zoo escapees etc. They stay here all winter.

A great crested grebe with a chick. They often breed more than once a year.

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