First eagle owl nest in national park


This 2019 video is about the first-ever eagle owl nest in the Drents-Friese Wold national park in the Netherlands that year.

After a long absence, eagle owls came back to the Netherlands in 1997. In 2019, there were 38 nesting couples.

Rare fungi discovery in Dutch Drenthe


Peziza subviolacea, photo by Ronald Morsink

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

New mushroom species have been discovered in the Drents-Friese Wold National Park. The nature reserve had to deal with a major fire in 2018, during which 75 hectares were destroyed. That fire also yielded new nature.

For a year and a half, research was carried out on heathland mushrooms in the Dolsummerveld area . …

The research yielded various rare species, such as Peziza subviolacea, Pyronema omphalodes and Pholiota highlandensis. A new species was also discovered, which was also found two weeks earlier in Enschede. It is Myrmaecium rubricosum. …

Quick recovery

The Dolsummerveld recovers surprisingly quickly from the fire, according to the Drenthe conservation organisation. “It is barely visible where the fire has raged. The hope is that the heather will return to the area,” the foundation writes. It will take a few more years for the snake and butterfly population to be back up, writes RTV Drenthe. Many animals died during the fire, such as grass snakes, adders and slow worms.

Good northern wheatear news


This 2019 video from England is about a Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe).

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

April 19, 2016 – In two strongholds of the northern wheatear there has been success in significantly increasing the breeding success through intensive protection. In the Drents-Friese Wold more young birds fledged than in previous years. Here and in the dunes of the north of North Holland fewer females were predated. This is an encouraging result in the fight to preserve this Red List species. In 2016 the work continues.

New springtail species discoveries in the Netherlands


This 2010 video is about springtails, taken from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth documentary series.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Monday, August 24th, 2015

During an inventory of the Drents-Friese Wold no fewer than five species of springtails, new for our country, were found. Also 19 species that had not been previously reported for Friesland province and 15 species that had not been reported for the province of Drenthe. With this finding, the number of species of springtails occurring in the Netherlands is 249! Members of the Dutch Entomological Society, where insects lovers meet each other, identified last summer 1329 species of insects and other invertebrates in different areas of the Drents-Friese Wold. Recently an article was published about the insects of the Drents-Friese Wold near Appelscha in Entomologische Berichten.

The five species, new for the Netherlands, are: Ceratophysella scotica, Isotomurus unifasciatus, Pachyotoma crassicauda, Isotoma caerulea and Proisotoma subminuta.

Pied flycatcher and wren, bye bye national park!


This 2011 video is about the Drents-Friese Wold national park.

After 3 May in the Drents-Friese Wold national park, came 4 May.

Our last morning there.

Female pied flycatcher singing, 4 May 2013

In the garden, a female pied flycatcher singing.

Female pied flycatcher, 4 May 2013

In the forest, not far away, a wren.

Wren, 4 May 2013

My Zemanta working again


This is a dutch video about the Drents-Friese Wold national park.

The Drents-Friese Wold national park is beautiful. There will still one more post on my blog about it.

My Internet connection there worked.

However, my Zemanta did not work. With Zemanta, you can add extra links etc. to a blog post.

I will now use Zemanta to improve my blog posts of the past week.

Blackcap, robin, tree pipit, pondskaters


After 2 May 2013, 3 May: our last full day in the Drents-Friese Wold national park.

Blackcap male singing, 3 May 2013

In the garden, a male blackcap sings.

Then, to Boschoord forest.

Tree pipit, 3 May 2013

A tree pipit on the forest floor.

Sounds of robin, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker.

Jays, blackbirds.

A wood-pigeon sitting on a branch above the footpath.

Two brimstone butterflies.

A speckled wood butterfly sits down on a fallen coniferous tree branch.

Blackcap male on the lawn, 3 May 2013

As I come back, a male blackcap on the lawn.

There is a female “orangecap” blackcap as well.

Female blackcap, 3 May 2013

A tree sparrow has a feather in its bill. To line its nest?

Tree sparrow with feather, 3 May 2013

Robin in tree, Drents-Friese wold, 3 May 2013

A robin in a tree.

Robin, Drents-Friese wold, 3 May 2013

The robin flies to the lawn, and flies away again.

Robin flying, Drents-Friese wold, 3 May 2013

A great tit in another tree.

Great tit, 3 May 2013

A male blackbird on the lawn.

Blackbird male, 3 May 2013

Late in the afternoon. The forest again.

A red squirrel.

In the small lake, where a few days ago I saw only whirligig beetles, there are pondskaters now. Maybe because it has become warmer?