Woodpecker feeds chicks, video


This video shows a male great spotted woodpecker feeding his chicks.

Warden Evert Thomas in the Netherlands made this video.

More wader news from England


This video from Canada says about itself:

White-rumped Sandpiper (feeding and preening)

White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis, Vitgumpsnäppa) and Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla, Sandsnäppa), Tommy Thompson Park (Leslie Street Spit), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 6 June 2010. Digiscoped with a Swarovski ATM-80 HD spotting scope and a Casio Exilim EX-Z750 snapshot camera using the Swarovski digital camera base (DCB) adapter.

From Rare Bird Network on Twitter in Britain today:

Linc[oln]s[hire]: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 1 still at RSPB Frampton Marsh. Also Temminck’s Stint & Curlew Sandpiper.

The white-rumped sandpiper is in capital letters, being a North American bird, rare in Europe.

Welsh osprey nest update


This video from Wales says about itself:

On 29th May, 2015, Monty and Glesni’s first chick hatched.

Here are 12 hours condensed into two minutes.

From the Dyfi Osprey Project blog in Wales:

2015 – First Chick Hatches!!

Posted 30-05-2015 by Emyr – MWT

Sometimes nature can be so unpredictable, yet at other times, you can almost set your watch to it.

This has been the case with Monty and Glesni in 2015. They arrived back from migration exactly on time, laid eggs exactly when we’d expect them too and bang on 37 days later, the first chick hatches from the first egg laid.

At first light on 29th May, 37 days after the first egg was laid, we were ready. So were the eggspectant parents. The early morning weather wasn’t good – wind and rain, but by early afternoon the sun was out and so were 300 visitors that came to see the first chick hatch at Dyfi Osprey Project. …

The official hatching time was 18:33 when the chick was completely out of its egg.

Many congratulations to Margaret Blakeley who won the Guess The hatching Competition – you had a time of 18:36 – just three minutes out. Second and third places go to Alan Aplin and Helen Edwards with times of 18:45 and 18:11 respectively. Please get in touch guys.

Lots more action to come over the weekend, but as I write this at 07:57 on Saturday morning, 30th May, Glesni is just feeding her chick for the first time; he seems to like flounder!

Let’s hope we get all three out – #Happy Days.

English wader and swift news


This is an avocet video.

From Old Moor nature reserve in England on Twitter today:

2 avocet + 4 chicks on the Wader Scrape, 3 ringed plover + redshank & lots of swifts!

Oil spill kills birds, mammals in California, USA


Santa Barbara oil spill victims

These are figures of wildlife affected by the Santa Barbara oil spill in the USA.

New Dutch wildlife film, interview


This video is about the making of the sequel to the Dutch wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis, about the Oostvaardersplassen national park. This sequel is about the Biesbosch national park and other areas in the south-west of the Netherlands.

The video shows an interview with the producer of the film, Ignas van Schaick. It also shows some of the movie’s characters: white stork, three-spined stickleback, sea eagle.

Bobolink bird news from New Jersey, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

This video celebrates the amazing song of the Bobolink, described by one author as “a mad, wreckless song fantasia—an outbreak of pentup irrepressible glee,” and by another as “a bubbling delirium of ecstatic music that flows from the gifted throat of the bird like sparkling champagne.”

The Bobolink is a member of the Blackbird family. It frequents grassy meadows of the northern states and adjacent Canada. Also referred to as “skunk blackbird,” the male has striking black-and-white plumage, making identification easy. Females are a buffy yellow-brown.

© 2010 Lang Elliott & Bob McGuire

From The Meadowlands Nature Blog in the USA:

Bobolinks Thrive at Bergen County’s No-Mow Zone

“Since the 1900s, bobolink populations in the northeast have been declining- with a 75% decrease occurring in the past 40 years according to the Breeding Bird Survey. Bobolinks are a grassland bird and a ground nester. The loss of North American grasslands and modern farming practices, that call for the harvest of the hayfields during nesting season, have led to their waning numbers. But creating No-Mow zones, like those at Overpeck County Park, is one way that we in suburban New Jersey can help.”

This according to DonTorino, whose column Don’s Jersey Birding appears weekly in Wild New Jersey. Read the full article here.