Woodlarks, goosanders and great grey shrike


This September 2017 video shows the nature reserves Kikkervallei and Ganzenhoek near Wassenaar in the Netherlands from the air.

Today, 9 March 2019, with special permission to the Ganzenhoek, an area usually closed to the public.

In the beginning, already song thrush, dunnock, chaffinch and great spotted woodpecker sounds.

A great cormorant flies overhead.

A greenfinch sings.

Woodlarks fly, singing.

A singing robin.

A flying grey heron.

On a lake: tufted ducks, Canada geese and a great crested grebe.

At the next lake, two male goosanders fly away.

Grey lag geese swim.

This 2015 video is about Poronia erici fungi.

We found that small species here on horse dung.

On a third lake, coots swim.

Long-tailed tits on a tree.

A bit further, a great tit.

A chiffchaff calls. Remarkably early for that species. Maybe a bird that is just back from wintering in Africa.

In the next lake, a gadwall couple.

Roe deer footprints.

We are now in the Kijfhoek and Bierlap part of the Wassenaar sand dunes.

A bit further, red fox dung, with remains of mice.

Then, one of the highlights of this morning: a great grey shrike on a treetop.

Cladonia foliacea lichen grows here.

So does heath star moss. An invasive species, originally from the southern hemisphere. Called ‘tank moss’ in Dutch, as it was probably was brought to the Netherlands by World War II tanks.

Nearly at the exit: a green woodpecker calls.

See also here.

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