Oldest Dutch herring gull in Friesland province


This video is about adult and juvenile herring gulls (and a few black-headed gulls in winter plumage)

Translated from the Waddenvereniging in the Netherlands today:

The oldest ringed herring gull in our country turned up last weekend in Leeuwarden‘s [capital of Friesland province] new district Blitsaerd in front of the lens of nature photographer Ruurd Jelle van der Ley …

Meanwhile, the seagull has reached the respectable age of 28 years and eight months. On July 3, 1986, on Ameland island, this bird got two colored rings. An orange one with letter A and a green one with letter Y. Birdwatchers know him as OAGJ or Green J. he lost the orange ring about six years ago. Thanks to the remaining green ring and the fact that he walks with a slight limp he is still recognizable.

Birds of Ameland island


This a 3 December 2014 video about the Feugelpôlle wetland on Ameland island. Brent geese, waders and other birds live there.

The second biggest nesting colony of Sandwich terns in western Europe is there.

There has been erosion, making the Feugelpôlle smaller. Work has been done to stop that.

See also here.

Still golden buttons flowers on Ameland island


Golden buttons

Warden Marjan reports today from Ameland island in the Netherlands that golden buttons are still flowering.

The normal flowering time for this species is July-October. Golden buttons need a brackish environment; which they find on the Noordkeeg area of Ameland.

Golden buttons are originally from South Africa. In 1972, it was seen for the first time in the Netherlands; first in Flevoland province, later also elsewhere.

Orchids of Ameland island


This video is called Japanese wild orchid hunt: the search for Calanthe sieboldii.

On 21 September 2014, Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands reported about the Groene Strand beach on Ameland island.

New sand dunes are forming there. They attract special plant species.

Including the rare fen orchid.

Other orchid species there: southern marsh orchid; early marsh orchid; and marsh helleborine.

Fen orchids of Texel island: here.

Almere orchids destroyed: here.

Orchids in the Netherlands: here.

Common vole on Ameland island, video


This is a video about a common vole on Ameland island in the Netherlands.

The vole was feeding on grass next to a cycle track.

Ronald made this video in August 2014.

Rare plant discovery on Ameland island


Rock sea lavender

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports that a flowering plant species, new for the Netherlands, has been discovered on Ameland island.

It is Limonium binervosum, rock sea lavender. This species used to be endemic to Britain and Guernsey, Wikipedia says. And Spain and France, Vroege Vogels says.

Over 100 rock sea lavender plants have been found recently on Ameland, making it the most northerly and easterly place for this species.

See also here.

Caspian terns’ new roosting place on sandbank discovered


This video from California in the USA is called Caspian Terns Up Close & Personal.

Warden Nico Jonker on Ameland island in the Netherlands reports about a recently discovered roosting place for Caspian terns.

Since the beginning of this month, about 10-22 Caspian terns gather on Engelsmanplaat sandbank, east of Ameland, to sleep.

This biggest of tern species is rare in the Netherlands. On 15 August, the Caspian terns will be counted again.