Woodpecker, blackbird on balcony


This is a video of a great spotted woodpecker making a drumming sound. Not, like usually, on a tree, but on a TV antenna.

This afternoon, a male great spotted woodpecker.

It was eating the grease on the top of the nest box above the balcony.

Then, it flew to the tree behind the balcony. Then, it flew away.

Soon, two wood pigeons in the tree. On a roof behind the tree, two magpies.

Later, a female blackbird on the balcony, eating seeds from a bowl. While a male blackbird sat in the tree.

In the morning, there had been chaffinches in the tree.

And, of course, many great tits and blue tits at the feeders.

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Woodpecker and snow on the balcony


Today, the first snow of winter.

Like usually, great tits and blue tits at the feeders.

Ans a wood-pigeon below them on the balcony.

Also, after we had not seen it for some time, a great spotted woodpecker.

This is a great spotted woodpecker video.

Then, it flew from a feeder to the tree. Then, it flew away.

Woodpecker visits new bird feeder


This is a great spotted woodpecker video.

This morning, again a great spotted woodpecker on the balcony.

Maybe the new long bird feeder which allows woodpeckers to rest their tails comfortably, attracted it. It fed there.

A blackbird came as well. And a wood pigeon.

Also the usual great tits and blue tits.

In a tree opposite the balcony, a chaffinch.

Woodpecker and blackbird back at the balcony


This morning, like yesterday, great tits at the balcony bird feeders.

Chaffinch on the balcony floor.

A blackbird (which we hadn’t seen here for a long time).

And a great spotted woodpecker, only for the second time. This time, it ate fat at the house-shaped feeder.

This is a video about a juvenile great spotted woodpecker, eating peanuts at a feeder. It is still a bit clumsy at it; so, its mother comes to help it.

Great spotted woodpecker on the balcony


This morning, the usual bird species around and on the balcony feeders.

Like blue tits.

Many great tits. Some of them, the radio said, may have come all the way from Russia. There is unusually big great tit migration from eastern Europe to western Europe now.

A wood pigeon. A couple of magpies. A jackdaw.

Then, a first for the balcony. A male great spotted woodpecker!

This video is about an adult great spotted woodpecker feeding its young in a garden.

A bit later, a male chaffinch looks for seeds on the balcony floor. Only the second time that I saw this species here.

Dutch waders photos from Breebaart


On 23 July 2012, I was in the hide of Breebaart nature reserve in the Netherlands.

These wader photos were taken then.

Common sandpiper, Breebaart, 23 July 2012

This is a common sandpiper.

Redshank, Breebaart, 23 July 2012

This is a redshank.

Bar-tailed godwit, Breebaart, 23 July 2012

This is a bar-tailed godwit.

Also Breebaart bird photos: here.

Woodpecker, reed buntings, wren and plants


18 March 2012.

After we went to the sea through the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen nature reserve, we returned.

We pass a bunker in the dunes. During the nazi occupation, it was used by Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Now, by wintering bats.

Dunnock singing, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012

A bit further, a dunnock singing on the top of a bush.

Near a canal, a pied wagtail.

A magpie on the footpath.

A woodlark singing.

Arrhenia spathulata fungus growing on star moss.

A stonechat on a branch.

A little grebe swimming. A buzzard flying.

Sphaghnum palustre moss.

A robin.

Reed buntings, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012

On the footpath, five male reed buntings and a female search for food.

A great crested grebe in a canal.

Near the exit of the reserve, an old Calvatia utriformis fungus.

Fungus near exit Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012

Lophocolea heterophylla liverwort.

Orthodontium lineare, a moss originally from the southern hemisphere.

Metzgeria furcata liverwort.

Female great spotted woodpecker, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012

A female great spotted woodpecker, feeding on a big branch.

On the ground level, a wren plays hide and seek between tree trunks and fallen logs.

Wren, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012

Wren sounds: here. Another wren photo: here.

A male chaffinch looks for food between fallen leaves.

Male chaffinch, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, 18 March 2012