Dutch garden birds, mammals, frogs


This video was recorded by Michael de Vries in his garden in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, in the summer, fall, winter and spring of 2010-2011.

Including hawfinches; wood mice and house mice at peanut butter; bramblings; hedgehog at peanut butter; nuthatch; short-toed treecreper; common frogs in the pond; blue tits, great tits and house sparrows gathering nesting material; greenfinches; and more.

Cuckoo almost fledging, reed warblers’ new eggs


This 2014 video from the Netherlands is about a young cuckoo fed by its Eurasian reed warbler foster parent.

This blog has reported on the reed warbler nest in Gelderse Poort nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands in which a cuckoo’s egg was laid.

A storm damaged the nest, and the young cuckoo fell out of it, and was saved by bringing it to a bird hospital. Today, Dutch ANP news agency reports that the cuckoo is almost ready to fledge.

I hope the young bird will manage to make the long migration journey to Africa and back.

Meanwhile, the reed warbler couple has built a new nest, and are sitting on four reed warbler eggs.

Young webcam cuckoo saved


This 13 June 2017 video is about a young cuckoo in a reed warbler nest in Gelderse Poort nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands. The video shows the ringing of this cuckoo.

As this blog mentioned before, this reed warbler nest was the first ever nest in the world with a webcam showing what happened after a cuckoo egg was laid into it.

Unfortunately, on 14 June, the young cuckoo fell out of the nest because of wind. A webcam person, Bram Ubels, put it back into the nest. The next day, 15 June, the cuckoo fell out again. The nest was damaged, so the youngster could not be put back again. The young bird was cold and might have died soon. Now, it is recovering in a bird hospital.

Meanwhile, the reed warbler couple has started to build a new nest. The webcam is still there.

Cuckoo egg in reed warbler nest, a webcam first


This 2014 video shows a young cuckoo, fed by its foster parent, an Eurasian reed warbler.

A worldwide webcam first: today, a webcam was installed in the Gelderse Poort nature reserve in Gelderland province.

The webcam shows a Eurasian reed warbler nest. In that nest, last week a female cuckoo laid an egg. If all will go as expected, then this week the young cuckoo will hatch. Female cuckoos time laying their eggs in other birds’ nests so that the cuckoo egg will hatch just before the other eggs. As a cuckoo hatchling can push reed warbler eggs out of the nest, but has a much bigger problem doing that to reed warbler hatchlings.

You can watch the webcam, where the reed warbler now sits on one reed warbler egg and one cuckoo egg, here.

Great tit nest under bicycle track


This 23 May 2017 video is about a great tit nest in a hole under a bicycle track in the Leusveld nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Hannie Wijers made this video.

Yellow wagtails bathing, video


This 23 May 2017 video shows a flock of yellow wagtails bathing in a stream near Zutphen in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Richard Polderman made this video.