Good pallid harrier news again

Six young pallid harriers, GKA photo

This 2019 photo shows six young pallid harriers in their nest in Groningen province in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels radio, 21 July 2019:

This summer, a pallid harrier couple has again succeeded in raising youngsters. In 2017, a breeding pair of pallid harriers was officially registered for the first time in the Netherlands. They raised four youngsters in a Groningen grain field in a protected nest. In 2018 there was a failed breeding attempt by the same female, but then paired, unusually, with a Montagu’s harrier. And now in 2019 the story about the Dutch pallid harriers gets a very successful sequel.

Nest with six young birds

We had to wait and see if all six youngsters would make it. Large clutches like this are only possible in very good prey years. The male hunted in the fields and meadows in the area, but also flew through the backyards of local residents. And with success, because on the day the young harriers were ringed, measured and weighed, all six young birds were still present. At the beginning of July, just before the harvest of the nesting plot, all six youngsters fledged successfully.

This new success story about the pallid harriers in the Netherlands was only made possible thanks to the great cooperation by the farmer and the volunteers active at Collectief Midden Groningen with the help of our own experienced volunteers from Montagu’s Harriers – Farmland Birds Knowledge Center (GKA).

News from Spain

In addition to this breeding success in the Netherlands, good news came from Spain. There, researchers found a pair of pallid harriers with a nest. For Spain this is the first officially established breeding pair of this species. And it turns out: the female of this breeding pair has a ring with the code C|3. A ring that she received in 2017 as one of the four youngsters of the first officially established pair [for the Netherlands and western Europe] of pallid harriers! And now she is half of the first breeding pair in Spain. She raised one young bird.

See also here.

Ms Beatriz Arroyo with female pallid harrier C|3, photo by  François Mougeot

This photo shows Spanish harrier researcher and protector Ms Beatriz Arroyo with female pallid harrier C|3. C|3 was one of the four sisters which fledged in 2017 in Groningen province in the Netherlands; and now is the first mother pallid harrier which raised a young bird in Spain.

Ms Arroyo found the pallid harrier nest while looking for short-eared owl nests in northern Spain.

Dutch first-ever pallid harrier fledgling, Spain’s first-ever mother

This video is about pallid harriers / Circus macrourus @ Westerwijtwerd, Groningen province, the Netherlands, July 2017.

The first breeding pair ever in the Netherlands of this species and their youngsters.

And now, news about one of these four youngsters.

Women’s March in Dutch Groningen

The Women's March in Groningen, the Netherlands. Photo by Martin Drent | RTV Noord

This photo shows the Women’s March in Groningen, the Netherlands, today. In front on the right a bag of the FNV trade union federation, and a sign saying Oprutte!; meaning right-wing Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, resign!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Just like in many cities abroad, this afternoon Groningen women also took to the streets to demonstrate against physical and psychological violence. About 150 people marched along. Among them were dozens of boys and men who are concerned about violence against LGBTQ people. …

Nashville Statement

The organization decided to see the theme more broadly than just violence against women. There was also attention for violence against LGBTQ people, partly due to the news about the [homophobic misogynist fundamentalist religious] Nashville Statement and the Dutch signatories of it.

“If we keep quiet, then we can not achieve anything, and if we march along, then we can achieve more”, says a boy who joins the Women’s March.


The Women’s March began in January 2017 in the United States, after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets. Since that time demonstrations around the world have been organized on 19 and 20 January. In the Netherlands this happened today only in Groningen. However, a Women’s March in Amsterdam is scheduled for March 9th.

Five pine martens eating bird peanut butter

This 13 September 2018 video shows five pine martens eating bird peanut butter. Probably a female and her four youngsters.

Ms Ingeborg Meijers-Fietje made this video in her garden, close to the edge of Sellingen forest in Groningen province in the Netherlands.