Wheatears back on Terschelling


This is a wheatear video.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:

Wheatear back in Terschelling heathland after many years

Saturday, August 6, 2011

In the Landerumer Heide nature reserve on Terschelling, this spring four wheatear couples have nested. This is the first time in years.

Twenty years ago, a hundred couples lived in the Terschelling heath. Because the heath became too bushy, wheatears did not feel at home anymore.

The wheatear is a songbird sized between a sparrow and blackbird. The birds live in open sandy areas.

For some time now, the heath is being grazed by horses and goats. They ensure that the heathland remains open.

The sand which is present in many places attracts rabbits which in turn provide suitable breeding places for wheatears. As the birds nest in abandoned rabbit burrows.

The drifting sand is also of direct relevance to the birds. They eat insects which live on the roots of the young European beachgrass, which grows on drifting sand.

Duck ringing at Landerum, Terschelling: here.

February 2012. Every year, the northern wheatear songbird, weighing on average no more than two tablespoons of salt, flies from the Arctic region of the Western Hemisphere all the way to sub-Saharan Africa and back, according to a new study including a researcher at the University of Guelph: here.

What Happens To Young Birds Once They’ve Left Their Nest? Here.

11 thoughts on “Wheatears back on Terschelling

  1. Pingback: Shrikes and wheatears, new research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Sand lizard progress on Terschelling island | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Wheatear and wigeons | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Wheatears and ducklings | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Dioxins poison baby birds | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Saudi Arabia birdwatching | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Purple sandpipers, red knot, eider duck | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Good Dutch flower news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Cicada, turtles, firecrest and dragonfly in Italian botanical garden | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Terschelling island wheatears helped by horses | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Good wheatear news from Terschelling island | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.