Red-flanked bluetail video

This is a red-flanked bluetail video. This North European and North Asian bird is a rare vagrant in Western Europe.

Rosy starling on video

This is a rosy starling video; from the Netherlands, where this East European species is rare.

Saving turtle doves by walking

This video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Collared Dove & Turtle Dove

14 April 2015

Collared Dove is one of our most familiar species, despite only arriving naturally in the country relatively recently, but how can you confidently separate it from the similar, but much rarer, Turtle Dove?

From BirdLife:

Dove Step

By Miguel López, 3 Feb 2017

Miguel López (SEO-BirdLife) tells us how one man’s determined mission to save the Turtle Dove is taking him on an epic hike across Europe.

Jonny Rankin is a British birdwatching enthusiast with a mission: to help to save the Turtle Dove, a migratory bird whose population has plummeted by nearly 80% in Europe since 1980. To achieve this goal, he dreamed up the ‘Dove Step’ initiative – he will walk the length of this beautiful bird’s springtime migratory route over Europe in order to raise awareness of the species’ plight and raise funds for its conservation. He has set himself a fund raising target of £4,000 for the conservation actions of Operation Turtle Dove, a partnership initiative coordinated by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and SEO/BirdLife (Birdlife in Spain).[1]

The next stage of this mission takes him to Spain, where Turtle Dove numbers have fallen by 30% since 1998. Rankin has set himself the task of covering the 700 miles that stretch from Tarifa (near Gibraltar) to Gijón on Spain’s northern coast in only 28 days, following the ancient trading route ‘Vía de la Plata‘ for most of the way. This mirrors the Turtle Dove’s journey as it returns from Africa in the spring to spend the summer breeding season in Europe. Seville, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, Léon and Oviedo are just some of the pit stops along the way, and friends and supporters will join him along the route to help him.

This is not the first challenge that Rankin has taken on for the Turtle Dove‘s benefit. A 300 mile walk in 2014 took him through the heart of the species’ range in England. He followed this with a 700 mile kayak-cycle-walk in 2015 from the English coast, south along the bird’s migratory route through France to the Spanish border – raising a jaw-dropping total of over £8000. After crossing Spain, Jonny has his sights set on Africa where he will complete the rest of the dove’s migratory route.

Jonny starts his Spanish odyssey on Sunday 5th February from Tarifa Beach and thanks to donations from both friends and followers, he has already raised over £1500 before even taking his first (dove) step. RSPB and SEO/BirdLife encourage anyone interested in birds, wildlife and the work of associated charities to donate or raise funds to show their solidarity with Jonny and support BirdLife partners in Europe working to save the species.

Donations can be made here.

Jonny will be updating his progress across Spain via his Twitter account and his blog.

[1] Operation Turtle Dove is a partnership conservation initiative between the RSPB, SEO, Conservation Grade, Natural England and Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and was launched in spring 2012. The partnership aims to identify the primary causes of the turtle dove decline and develop and deploy urgent practical solutions. For more information:

Rufous-tailed scrub robin video

This is a rufous-tailed scrub robin video. The video was made in the Netherlands, where this species is very rare. I was privileged to see this beautiful bird in Greece.

Barred warbler video

This video is about Sylvia nisoria, the barred warbler. This species nests in Europe and Asia, and winters in Africa.

Trump parodies all over Europe

Donald Trump signs anti-abortion measure

This photo from the USA shows President Donald Trump signing an anti-abortion measure.

Swedish minister signing environmental measure

And this photo from Sweden shows Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin signing an environmental measure.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Not seven men, but seven women: Swedish politician copies photo of Trump

Today, 14:28

The reactions about Trump’s policies keep coming. Now, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin has posted a photo on Facebook in which she mocks a picture of Trump.

As the photo of Lovin resembles a picture of the US President signing an anti-abortion law. At Trump’s photo, he sits at a desk and he is surrounded by male only colleagues. Lovin also sits at a desk, but is surrounded by all female colleagues.

Quite different laws

The laws signed differ: Trump signed an anti-abortion law, Lovin signed a climate law to promote the use of green energy.

Another parody, by the mayor of Kuurne in Belgium.

This video from Belgium says about itself:

Trump not allowed in Belgium – big decisions in Kuurne, Belgium

2 February 2017

I am the mayor of Kuurne in Belgium. I decide to build a wall around my city and I decide that Trump is not welcome. I decide that every one who was not born in Kuurne has to leave the town. I have a problem because I was not born in my own city.

And this parody video says about itself:

Europe welcomes Trump in his own words – Compilation EU countries (Germany, Portugal, etc)

3 February 2017

State Department Reverses Visa Ban, Allows Travelers With Visas Into U.S. The reversal was announced in compliance with the opinion from a federal judge in Seattle barring President Trump’s executive action. 02/04/2017 10:48 am ET: here.

Red-throated pipit video

This is a red-throated pipit video, from the Netherlands. There, this north European, north Asian and Alaskan bird is a rare migrant.