Starling nestboxes around football grounds

This July 2016 video is about hanging nest boxes for starlings around the office of the Dutch football association.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

23 August 2016 – Dutch football association KNVB calls on its members to hang up nest boxes for starlings around the soccer grounds. Starlings eat larvae that damage the fields. The association gave a good example and put a number of nest boxes around their head office in Zeist. BirdLife in the Netherlands supports this call because things go badly for starlings.

Sleepless Nigerian Olympic footballers still win

Nigeria's first goal

This photo shows Nigeria (in green shirts)’s first goal in the Olympic football match against Japan in Brazil.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Today, 09:53

The soap opera surrounding the Olympic football team of Nigeria ultimately did not break the team. Although the plane with the Nigerians landed only six hours before kickoff in Manaus they won the first Olympic match there, 5 goals against 4.

This means maybe only four hours or less sleep or other rest for the Nigerian footballers.

Japan was the opponent in the hot and humid city in the Amazon.

Last week, there was a threat that the Nigerian selection would not reach Brazil in time. First there were problems with the payment of the plane tickets, then the flight was canceled because the plane was supposedly too small, then the team for a few days was unable to proceed beyond the airport in Atlanta in the USA.


After eight hours of flying, the team finally arrived in host city Manaus, where Japan was the first opponent of the 1996 Olympic champions (in Atlanta!). The game had an exciting first fifteen minutes with four goals: 2-2. Shortly before the break, Nigeria thanks to Oghenekaro Etebo for the third time went ahead.

The 20-year-old midfielder from Portuguese club Feirense, who had scored 2-1 as well, scored two more goals after the break. Japan came back to 4-5, but the tying goal was too late (five minutes into extra time) in order to make for a serious hunt for a draw.

See also here.

One should hope the Nigerian footballers will now get some well deserved good nights’ sleep. To be able to show what they are capable of, not only in bad circumstances, but in good circumstances as well.

Yusra Mardini: Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three hours in sea to push sinking boat carrying 20 to safety: here.

Portugal European football champions, celebration with birds

This 10 July 2016 is called Portugal: Thousands go wild as Eder scores in Portugal-France Euro 2016 final.

Tonight, Portugal beat France, one goal against zero in extra time at the European football championship final in Saint Denis near Paris.

To celebrate this, this video about birds in Portugal.

This video is called Birdwatching in the Algarve.

Militarism trumps football in Paris, France

This 10 July 2016 video is called France vs. Portugal – Euro 2016 Final.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The French national football team will not get a triumphal parade on the Champs Elysées [in Paris] if it wins the European [football] Championship final against Portugal [tonight]. The Prefect of Paris says that for “material reasons” is not possible to allow crowds there. According to the chief of police the promenade should be prepared for the military parade on July 14, the national holiday.

So, according to the present French government, a militarist show is more important than people enjoying a bloodless, one should hope, game of football.

By the way, why is July 14 the French national holiday? Because then in 1789 the French revolution against absolute monarchy started. It started that 14 July with a crowd of people (a ‘mob’ according to the absolute monarchist government) storming the royal Bastille prison to free the regime’s political prisoners; against the military and police of the French government then.

So, 14 July should be a celebration of the common people. Not of militarism.

The state of emergency in France is definitely not only against terrorists. It is against all Muslims. It is against environmentalists. It is against workers’ rights. Now, it is against football fans as well.

Police teargas and water cannon against football fans at Paris fanzone: here.

Wales to football semi-finals, celebration with birds

This video is called Wales vs Belgium 3 – 1 FULL Highlights HD ~ EURO 30/6/2016.

Tonight, Wales beat Belgium at the European football championships in France.
Wales will play in the semi-finals against Portugal.

To celebrate, three videos about birds in Wales.

This video is called Puffins – Skomer/Skokholm – Dale Sailing.

This video is called Skomer Island (Wales) Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills.

This video is called Male Manx shearwater responding to recording of another male bird as part of census work on Ramsey Island (off duty sheepdog helping out!)

Iceland, football victory celebration and birds

This video says about itself:

27 June 2016

Iceland fans celebrate in Reykjavik after team knocked England out of Euro 2016

Iceland had never qualified for a major tournament prior to the European Championship, and it is the smallest country in the tournament. That didn’t stop the island nation from toppling England, with Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scoring after Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the fourth minute from the penalty spot. Watch as Iceland’s fans, many of whom packed a town square in Reykjavik, go crazy during and after the historic win.

To contribute to the celebration, this 2015 video is about birds in Iceland, including snow bunting, redwing, Arctic tern, puffin and many others. It reminds me of when I was in Iceland long ago.