London bird news


This is a green sandpiper video from England.

From the Twitter account of the London Bird Club today:

Brent Reservoir: L[ittle] R[inged] Plover, 12.35 to 13.10 – flew N[orth], Gr[een] Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Heron Hide, Water Rail, Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall)

Two-milion-year-old redshank discovery


This is a redshank video from the Netherlands.

Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dutch amateur paleontologists have found a bone of a redshank, two million years old. This makes this fossil the oldest known redshank in the world, two hundred thousand years older than previous finds. They will publish their findings soon in the renowned paleontological journal Cranium.

Indian house sparrow wedding for bird conservation


This video from the USa is called House Sparrow Feeding Babys.

From the Times of India:

Chunmun the sparrow comes on a horse to wed Gauriya

Ishita Mishra, TNN | Mar 21, 2015, 10.25PM IST

Agra: Villages in India, away from the pamphlets and press conferences of NGO activism, have always done their bit for the environment — in their unique, rustic but effective ways.

Mohanpur village in Banda district of UP, for instance, organised a rather grand wedding for Chunmun and Gauriya, with people in thousands attending the merry event. Chunmun even rode a horse like a dulha. Just that because he is a sparrow someone had to hold him fast in the palm of the hand and put him atop the horse, and hold him fast to his seat.

Residents of Mohanpur, who are known in these dusty parts of UP‘s Bundelkhand for their love of both flora and fauna, say that in the union of Chunmun and Gauriya lies a larger message about the depleting number of sparrows and the need for their protection. The tiny birds, in fact, have almost disappeared from India’s cities.

White storks fight about nest, video


This video is about white storks in the Netherlands, fighting about a place to nest.

Albert Westerhuis made the video.