Dutch bird atlas counting started

This is a video about birds in the Netherlands in January 2013.

BirdLife in the Netherlands reports that work for a new bird atlas in the Netherlands has started. It will take three years.

The last time there was such an atlas was in 2002.

The counting started in a few areas in the Netherlands, of wintering birds.

Here is a list of which bird species were present in most areas (total: 615) during December 2012 and early January 2013:

1 Carrion crow 576
2 Blackbird 572
3 Great tit 567
4 Buzzard 560
5 Chaffinch 557
6 Magpie 553
7 Wood pigeon 544
8 Blue tit 539
9 Jackdaw 537
10 Mallard 535

Liebster Blog Award, thanks supernova!

Liebster Blog Award

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to supernova for my Liebster Blog Award nomination which I am delighted to accept.

Thank you supernova, you made my day with such a wonderful surprise. I feel honoured that you chose me and my blog for this award, and I am very grateful.

The rules of this award are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself.
2) Answer the questions the blogger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
3) Choose eleven people to give this award to and link them in your post.
4) Go to their blogs and tell them.

The eleven facts about myself are:

1. Recently, the most frequent commenters at my blog are:

Commenter Comments
petrel41 451
bearspawprint 41
barbarastanley 41
narhvalur 34
desertrose 26
Clanmother 26
Serenity 22

* Based on the 1000 most recent comments.

2. My most commented upon blog posts:

Post Comments
Blog of the Year 2012 award, thanks dogdaz! 109
Blog of the Year 2012 award, thanks Russell! 52
Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thanks Arlen! 46
Humpback whale beaches on Dutch island 32
Versatile Blogger Award again, thanks Miss Marzipan! 31
Blog of the Year 2012 award, thanks Miss Marzipan! 29
Blog of the Year 2012 award, thanks waji! 29
South Asian bird news 29
Beached humpback whale Netherlands, videos 28
Very Inspiring Blogger award, thanks II 4S Aopmrdd! 28
Dutch stranded humpback whale update 27

* Based on the 1000 most recent comments.

3. My visitors’ search terms for finding my blog of yesterday early morning were

Search Views
the meaning of geneva, where capital lives 7
egyptian sarcophagus 3
bahrain prostitutes places 3
lady liuwa 2
bird species 2
brigitte bardot anti semite 2
british iraq war political cartoons 2
nzl fugro 2000 rapport noord 1
“complutense university of madrid” plos one”olduvai gorge” 1
Other search terms 47
Unknown search terms 13
Total search terms 70

4. Around me, after wintry weather, there were higher temperature days. But today, snow again.
5. I have the My community widget enabled on my blog. Not too many pictures, in order not to slow down the loading of my blog posts. The My community pictures change constantly.
6. Today, the number of subscribers at my blog is 804.
7. I used to watch football matches on TV at least once a week.
8. Now, I mostly watch only important matches, like World Cup matches.
9. I now have four pages at my blog. Recently, I added the Awards page.
10. Years ago, I used to listen much to radio.
11. Now, my radio listening is mainly limited to a natural history program once a week.

My eleven nominees are:

1. Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus

2. Ron Scubadiver’s Wild Life

3. Graciously 50

4. Transplanted Tatar

5. SoundEagle

6. Be inquisitive


8. Words Of Birds

9. Wise Counsel

10. myguiltypleasures

11. TheReporterandTheGirl

My eleven new questions for my nominees are:

1. What did the Internet, in general, change in your life?
2. What did your blog change in your life?
3. Are there differences in your blog, from when it started, compared to now?
4. What is your favourite WordPress feature?
5. What is the worst WordPress feature?
6. Which bird species around where you live do you like particularly?
7. Which country, which you have never been to yet, would you like to visit? Why?
8. Which book you have read do you dislike most? Why?
9. Which is the most beautiful national park, nature reserve etc. which you have ever visited?
10. Are you on Facebook? If so, then why?
11. If you are not on Facebook, then why not?

Here are the eleven questions I’ve been asked by supernova.

1. Why did you start your blog?

Ans: I started to read other people’s blogs in 2004. Then, I read about a site called ModBlog which got good reviews. I started blogging at ModBlog in January 2005. But soon, ModBlog was bought by a big corporation and went down the drain, and I had to move.

For more about why I blog, see here.

2. Do you prefer Sunrise or Sunset?

Ans: Any of these two are beautiful; if there are not so many clouds that they become invisible 🙂

3. If you could take a whim and make it come true, what would it be?

Ans: To stop all wars in the world.

4. What is your favourite book?

Ans: There are so many books. My reply on this varies from day to day. Today: The Price of My Soul, by Bernadette Devlin.

5. My favourite cartoon character?

Ans: Polly Esther of the Samurai Pizza Cats.

6. What would you give up if you had to?

Ans: smoking (fortunately, I never started 🙂 ).

7. Are you a Blog addict?

Ans: Yes!

8. Do you prefer camping or a hotel?

Ans: I prefer a roof over my head when it rains or snows.

9. As a child, what did you want to be?

Ans: A palaeontologist.

10. As you grew up did you become a better person?

Ans: Probably.

11. If you could change something what would it be?

Stop torture and wars.

Ibsen’s Peer Gynt on stage

On Wednesday 6 February, the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen was on stage. This video is the Dutch language trailer of Peer Gynt, as played by Het Zuidelijk Toneel.

Dutch composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk have written new music for this performance, inspired by Grieg’s music for the nineteenth century original.

This music video is called Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1.

This is another video about Peer Gynt, by Het Zuidelijk Toneel.

And this video is a trailer of Peer Gynt, as played by another Dutch theatre organisation.

According to Wikipedia, Ibsen

is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and indeed, A Doll’s House is the world’s most performed play.

Ibsen wrote Peer Gynt in 1868. It marks a transition in his writing. It is Ibsen’s last play in verse. Before that, all his plays were poetry. They were inspired by Shakespeare; mainly about ancient Norwegian history. Peer Gynt marks a transition to Ibsen’s later work, mainly about contemporary Norwegian social issues. In the play, there are many allusions to Norwegian and world issues; easy to understand for Ibsen’s contemporaries; more difficult for twenty-first century audiences,

Though Ibsen is called “the father of realism”, especially in Peer Gynt there is a mixture of reality and fantasy.

Also, because the title character, the Norwegian farmer’s son Peer Gynt, has trouble distinguishing between truth and fantasy.

Peer Gynt riding a reindeer, Norwegian stamp

The play begins in the Lake Gendin region in Norway. Peer Gynt tells a tall tale about riding on the back of a reindeer after a hunt gone wrong; which his mother calls lies.

In this, Peer Gynt reminds one a bit of Dutch’s children’s book hero Dik Trom, often depicted riding a donkey in an unorthodox way.

Dik Trom on donkey statue

When I was in Norway, along the touristic trail, the Peer Gynt Vegen, there were everywhere signs of Peer Gynt on the reindeer’s back.

Also everywhere, there were wooden trolls sold as souvenirs. Ibsen’s Peer Gynt helped to make trolls world-famous: from Tolkien‘s novels to Internet trolls (not welcome on this blog).

In Ibsen’s play, also as performed by Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Peer not only rides (or: claims to ride) on a reindeer; but also on a pig, together with a troll king’s daughter.

Peer Gynt has some characteristics in common with Askeladden. Askeladden is a character in Norwegian fairy tales: typically a farmer’s youngest son, at first sight a never do well, getting into many adventures.

Peer Gynt in Ibsen’s play is not just the youngest son, but eldest as well, being an only child. There is also a difference that while Askeladden’s adventures often have happy ends, Peer Gynt’s do not.

This is a video with an interview about the play by the Zuidelijk Toneel director, Matthijs Rümke.

And this video is also about Peer Gynt by the Zuidelijk Toneel.

In the course of the play, roughly about the years 1817-1867, Peer ages from twenty years old to seventy. Two different actors play old Peer Gynt and young Peer Gynt. On the other hand, several actors play more than one role. For instance, one actress plays Peer’s mother Aase; and also a parson, and the director of the Cairo lunatic asylum. These two professions were anathema for women in Ibsen’s times.

Peer Gynt has a tendency to run away from trouble. That lands him from Norway to Morocco; where he becomes a businessman trading in slaves. Later, he goes to Egypt. According to het Zuidelijk Toneel, Ibsen sharply criticizes colonialism, capitalism and West European supremacy ideology.

Finally, Peer Gynt returns to his native region in Norway, where he dies.

At the Leiden performance by Het Zuidelijk Toneel, there were electricity problems, making the pause longer than planned. They do not play this long work completely.  For the sake of time, the director made the play shorter. The three milkmaids in Ibsen’s text are still on stage, dancing; but their longish dialogue is gone. The director removed some roles from the play, like the Memnon statue in Egypt. And, earlier, Helga, the sister of Solveig, Peer’s lover.

Another lover of Peer is the troll king’s daughter. In the original, she is dressed in green. In the Zuidelijk Toneel performance, she is dressed in white.

At the end of the play, the audience gave the players much applause.

The artist pays a terrible price in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder: here.

Canadian garden birds webcam

This video says about itself:

Bird feeder in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Small birds in HD.

May 2010, house finch, black capped chickadee, nuthatch, sparrow.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

New FeederWatch Cam

Our newest Bird Cam takes you to the well-stocked feeders of Tammie and Ben Hache in chilly Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada, over 40 miles north of Lake Superior. The Haches invite you to look in on their rotating ensemble of winter birds, including redpolls, grosbeaks, nuthatches, jays, and even the occasional Ruffed Grouse. Each week the cam host posts her Project FeederWatch counts for the week and you can see whether she’s spotted something you missed. The cam is offline during the night (generally 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.)

Enjoy this addition to our Bird Cams, and marvel at the resilience of these winter birds, which seem to shrug off frigid temperatures. There’s also still time to sign up for this year’s Project FeederWatch season and start making your bird watching “count”! Watch the cam anytime between the hours of 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. Eastern time.