Parrots in the Netherlands

This video shows an Alexandrine parakeet in Spain.

Dutch Vroege Vogels TV reported on 24 June 2016 about parrots in the Netherlands.

37 feral parrot species have been seen flying freely in the Netherlands at various times.

Three of them breed now in the Netherlands: ring-necked parakeets, thousands of them in the western Netherlands.

Larger Alexandrine parakeets breed in Amsterdam and Haarlem cities: nine couples in 2012.

Monk parakeets, the smallest of the three species, nest in the eastern Netherlands.

Feral cockatiels, Senegal parrots, and scarlet macaws have nested in the Netherlands as well, but not any more.

Good wheatear news from Terschelling island

This is a 2012 northern wheatear video from Ukraine.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels TV:

Terschelling Wheatear Paradise

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Of all northern wheatears that nest in our country more than a quarter do so on Terschelling. What is the secret of this island?

It’s been bad for years for the wheatears’ breeding in the Netherlands. It is estimated that there are no more than 270 wheatear couples in our dunes and other sandy areas. Terschelling foresters of the Forestry Commission counted during the last breeding season at least seventy couples. “And that’s probably an underestimate,” says ranger Joeri Lamers.

According to Lamers wheatears on Terschelling benefit from the extensive grazing taking place there. “Using, eg, goats and horses we stop overgrowth of the dunes. As a result, there is sufficient young marram grass, which in turn attracts insects, which in turn attract wheatears. We have sufficient open dune places where rabbits dig holes. The wheatears again need old rabbit holes to make their nests”.

Sharks reproduce again in Dutch waters

This 2015 video is about a school shark caught as bycatch by a Dutch shrimp fishing ship. The shark was marked for research and released.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels TV:

Dutch baby sharks

Thursday, June 23, 2016

For the first time it has been established that a shark species reproduces in Dutch waters. Researchers from Wageningen IMARES and Sportvisserij Netherlands write that in the Journal of Fish Biology.

It concerns the starry smooth-hound shark. In the Oosterschelde and the Zeeland Delta in recent years countless young have been seen. It is suspected that they were born in the North Sea. ..

The researchers suspect that school sharks, a much larger species, also reproduce in our waters. …

This week also a petition was launched to enforce better protection for sharks. Sign too, and check out the action page.

Great spotted woodpecker chick fledges

This video from Britain says about itself:

Great Spotted Woodpecker Chick Fledges – To Fledge or Not To Fledge

8 June 2016

The video features two Great Spotted Woodpecker chicks. The first chick fledged at 10 AM. I waited for another 2 hours hoping to catch the second chick fledging…but unfortunately my camera batteries died. Thanks for watching ~ Paul

Filmed on June 7th 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall