Eared grebes, highland cattle in dunes lake


Eared grebe, Egmond, 19 May 2020

This photo shows an eared grebe. One of a couple swimming in the lake south-west of Egmond Binnen village, in the coastal sand dunes nature reserve.

Highland cattle, 19 May 2020

As this photo from the hide shows, highland cattle joined the grebes in the water.

Common whitethroat, mallards and gadwalls


Mallards and gadwall, 20 May 2020

After my earlier blog post, still 20 May 2020 in the sand dunes nature reserve. We walked away from the lake, just south of Egmond aan Zee village. Just to the south of that lake, in the next lake, were these three mallards dabbling, and a gadwall duck swimming behind them.

Further away, a little grebe swimming.

Common whitethroat, 20 May 2020

On a bush above the lake, this common whitethroat singing.

Common whitethroat, on 20 May 2020

An oystercatcher flying.

Mallards, 20 May 2020

Meanwhile, the mallards were still dabbling.

Gadwall, 20 May 2020

The gadwalls had moved to another part of the lake.

Gadwall, on 20 May 2020

As we walked back, a brimstone butterfly.

Wild pansies, little grebes and nightingales


Wild pansies, 20 May 2020

This photo shows wild pansies which we saw on 20 May 2020 in the sand dunes nature reserve, on the day after 19 May.

As we start walking, a blackbird sings. And a chiffchaff.

A cuckoo calls.

A brimstone butterfly.

A wood warbler sings.

We arrive at the hide where we saw little grebes in the lake. This time, we see only a coot couple with their youngsters. The littles grebes are audible, not visible.

A small, but noisy flock of starlings.

Nightingales sing.

A male chaffinch sings from the top of a bush.

Small heath butterflies.

Wild pansies, on 20 May 2020

We arrive at an area with many wild pansies.

Sand dune plants, 20 May 2020

And other plants adapted to this sandy environment.

Rabbit droppings.

We arrive at a lake, not far from Egmond aan Zee village.

Swifts, house martins and barn swallows flying around.

Little grebes, 20 May 2020

Two little grebes swimming.

Coot, 20 May 2020

And a coot.

Stay tuned, as there will be a sequel to this blog post!

Little grebes, frogs and flowers


Little grebe, 19 May 2020

After yesterday, we went again to the sand dunes nature reserve on 19 May 2020. We saw this little grebe.

As we started our walk, a nightingale sang.

A lesser black-backed gull flying.

Four stock doves.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

A chiffchaff sings. A great cormorant flies.

A robin. A whitethroat on a bush.

Swifts flying.

We reach the hide.

Little grebe, on 19 May 2020

In the lake behind the hide, coots and two little grebes swim.

Little grebe, Egmond, 19 May 2020

Little grebe with food, 19 May 2020

One of the little grebes finds some food: a leech.

A great tit calls.

As we leave, a speckled wood butterfly.

We walk on. We arrive at the lakelet of the white water-crowfoot flowers.

White water-crowfoot and edible frog, 19 May 2020

The flowers are still there, and so is this edible frog.

Stonechat, butterflies and wild pansies


This June 2019 video says about itself:

Singing Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) in Heemskerk, the Netherlands.

This is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout Europe and across much of temperate western Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in tropical Africa, Arabia, and Pakistan.

After yesterday, again to the coastal sand dunes nature reserve on 18 May 2020.

A cuckoo calls. A nightingale sings.

A common whitethroat on a treetop.

A great spotted woodpecker.

Lakelet, 18 May 2020

We arrive at the lakelet.

At the lakelet, a willow warbler sings.

Lakelet, on 18 May 2020

The white water-crowfoot flowers are still there.

White water-crowfoot, 18 May 2020

A bit further, a great tit.

A stonechat on top of a bush.

Two meadow pipits flying.

A great cormorant flying.

A common blue butterfly on a wild pansy flower.

Wild pansies, 18 May 2020

Unfortunately, when this photo was taken, the butterfly was gone.

Wild pansies, on 18 May 2020

A small heath butterfly.

A barn swallow flies. Three northern lapwings fly.

A buzzard flying.

A blackbird sings.

An orange-tipped butterfly.

Two swifts.

Finally, a meadow pipit on a pole.

Birds, bluebells, frogs and wild pansies


Edible frogs on 17 May 2020

Still 17 May 2020 in the coastal sand dunes nature reserve. At the pond with edible frogs during their mating season …

White water-crowfoot, Egmond, 17 May 2020

.. and white water-crowfoot, where the frogs deposit their eggs on.

Bluebells flowering.

Wild pansies, 17 May 2020

A bit further, wild pansies growing on the sand dunes.

Wild pansies, on 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, Egmond, 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, Egmond, on 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, in Egmond, 17 May 2020

As we walk back: a grey heron at the second lake.

A greenfinch. A robin.

A swift flying.

Finally, again a meadow pipit on a pole.

White flowers, brown nightingale, green frogs, photos


Weathercock, 16 May 2020

Yesterday evening, this bird in Egmond Binnen village: a weathercock.

Blackbird, 16 May 2020

And another bird: this blackbird.

After yesterday, today again to the coastal sand dunes nature reserve.

A dunnock sings.

Two goldfinches on a bush.

Two barn swallows flying at the little lake. Also coots with youngsters.

A tree pipit in singing flight.

White water-crowfoot, 17 May 2020

We arrive at another lake, where flowers grow in the water: white water-crowfoot.

White water-crowfoot, on 17 May 2020

Some, not many, edible frogs there.

Water plants, 17 May 2020

Also, other water plants.

A cuckoo calls. A willow warbler sings.

At the next lakelet, the one closest to the North Sea, are more white water-crowfoot flowers.

Edible frog, 17 May 2020

And many more edible frogs.

Edible frogs, 17 May 2020

It is their mating season.

Edible frog, on 17 May 2020

Edible frogs like to deposit their eggs on white water-crowfoot plants.

Edible frogs are called ‘green frogs’ in Dutch. Another Dutch name for them is ‘boerennachtegaal’, farmers’ nightingale.

Nightingale, 17 May 2020

Then, suddenly, this singing nightingale became visible. Usually, nightingales hide behind leaves and branches.

Stay tuned, as there will be a sequel to this!

Great spotted woodpecker and cuckoo


This May 2017 video shows great spotted woodpeckers at their nest.

After this morning in the sand dunes nature reserve, in the evening a walk around a little lake there.

Up a tree, a great spotted woodpecker.

A cuckoo calls.

A nightingale sings.

Two carrion crows. A magpie flying.

A meadow pipit on a pole cleanses its feathers.

Nightingales, heron, frogs in coastal sand dunes


This 2017 video is about a nightingale singing in Bulgaria.

This morning, a walk from Egmond Binnen village through the coastal sand dunes nature reserve to the North Sea. We heard dozens of nightingale. There should be many nightingale nests in this area.

A chiffchaff sings.

A dunnock sings.

Two meadow pipits on the fence of a meadow.

White nettle flowers.

A cuckoo calls.

A blackcap sings.

A willow warbler.

A tree pipit does its mating flight.

Many wild pansy flowers.

A great cormorant flying.

Two northern lapwings flying.

In a small lake, many mating season edible frogs.

As we arrive on the beach, an oystercatcher.

We walk back. Two male chaffinches quarrel about territory borders.

In a deciduous woodland, a wood warbler sings.

This May 2016 video from Wales is called The Wood Warbler and its call.

Bluebells flowering.

A white wagtail walks on the road.

A grey heron lands near a lakelet.