Sea eagle in the Netherlands

This 16 January 2018 video from the Horsterwold nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands shows a sea eagle. Meanwhile, geese fly past and a buzzard calls.

Many birds nest on new artificial islands

This 2018 video from Azerbaijan is about little terns (Sterna albifrons).

Dutch NOS TV reports today that over 2000 bird couples nest this summer on the Marker Wadden new artificial islands.

1700 of them are common tern nests. Also rare birds like little tern and Kentish plover nest there.

Artificial islands for birds in Zeeland: here.

Dutch teachers, parents, schoolchildren demonstrate against the government

Demonstration in Dronten

This photo is from a demonstration today by teachers, parents, and schoolchildren in Dronten small town in Flevoland province in the Netherlands against the government’s education policy.

The banner says: ‘The Hague [Dutch government city], wake up! Sign the petition at‘.

A video of the Dronten demonstration is here.

Today, teachers have been on strike everywhere in the Netherlands. The government does not employ enough teachers, meaning primary school children are in overcrowded classes. So far, the Dutch government refuses to employ more teachers, claiming they are a caretaker government and there is no new government after the elections yet. There is a quarrel between the government coalition political parties on this issue.

Today, there is a big demonstration against government education policy in The Hague.

Elementary school teachers are to strike May 30 in the southern provinces of the Netherlands, as part of a wave of working class struggles that brought the number of strike actions in the small country to 32 in 2017, the highest number since 1989: here.

Easter bonfire postponed because of great tit nest

This 11 April 2017 Dutch video from Dronten town in Flevoland province is about plans for an Easter bonfire, which were postponed because a great tit started nesting there.

Translated from Omroep Flevoland TV in the Netherlands:

Easter bonfire canceled due to bird’s nest in woodpile

Dronten April 11, 2017

It should become an annual tradition, the Easter fire at the Roggebotstaete estate in Dronten. But a little bird threw a spanner in the works. A great tit built a nest in the woodpile.

Lennard Duijvestijn has to laugh, but is secretly also disappointed a little: “We have made a large woodpile six meters high and wanted to invite everyone; then along comes this bird.”.

At Roggebotstaete estate nature is a high priority. “That the great tit precisely chose this stake among all the trees to nest is also very funny,” says Duivesteijn. He lets the bird nest quietly. “We just postpone the Easter fire, and when all eggs will have hatched and the young birds will have fledged then we we will set it on fire.”

Incidentally, the great tit is not the only bird seeking refuge at the woodpile. Employees also saw a wagtail fly in and back again.

White fallow deer video

This 6 December 2016 video shows a white fallow deer in the Horsterwold nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

Polecats on camera traps in gardens

This June 2016 camera trap video from Lelystad city in Flevoland province in the Netherlands shows polecats in the garden of Ms Mieke Roth.

During 56 hours, the camera trap had recorded a hedgehog three times, a mouse eight times, house sparrows, blackbirds and three times a polecat.

From March to December 2016 there were camera traps in 60 Lelystad gardens It turned that in 15-20% of those gardens there were red foxes or polecats; more than expected.

Ivy bees expanding north

This November 2014 video from Britain is called Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) nest site.

Ivy bees are a species which used to live in the Netherlands only in the southern provinces.

However, in September and October 2016 they have been seen in Lelystad city in Flevoland province.

In England, this species had been seen for the first time in 2001.

Dead deer keeps other wildlife alive

This 31 August 2016 video is from the Kuinderbos forest in Flevoland province in the Netherlands. It shows a dead roe deer, on which various insect species and other scavenging animals feed.

Wildlife warden Harco Bergman brings also other animals which have been killed by traffic accidents to this spot, like a heron and a beech marten. This way, people can see how animals after their death contribute to keeping other wildlife alive.

Young honey buzzards ringed

This 5 August 2016 video shows two young honey buzzards being ringed in the Kuinderbos nature reserve in the Netherlands.

They were about 24 days old, so just before fledging.