Buzzard in backyard


Buzzard, July 2017

This July 2017 photo shows a buzzard with a ring.

Crows had harassed this bird, which resulted in the buzzard colliding against a window in Losdorp village in Groningen province in the Netherlands.

After a long time of recovering from the impact, the buzzard flew away; like had happened a year ago with a nuthatch.

Rare pallid harrier, first nest in western Europe


This 14 July 2017 video is about a pallid harrier nest in Groningen province in the Netherlands. There are only about 10,000 couples worldwide of this globally near-threatened species; most of them in Asia.

In Europe, so far they only nested in Russia and Finland. So, this Groningen nest is a unique first. There were five chicks in the nest. Four of them, all female, survived and fledged. They have all been ringed.

This video is about measuring and weighing the young birds.

See also here.

This is special for the Netherlands, after the 2013 first ever Dutch shag nest and the 2016 first ever osprey nest.

A few pallid harriers had been seen in the Netherlands before, but not as breeding birds.

Eared grebes and their youngsters


This 6 June 2017 video shows an eared grebe couple, feeding their youngsters.

Maria Woortman made this video in Oostpolder – Zuidlaardermeer nature reserve in Groningen province in the Netherlands.

Cuckoo calls, video


In this 30 May 2017 video, a cuckoo calls.

Maria Woortman made this video from the Diependal hide in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

First ever young ses eagle hatched in Dutch Groningen


This 12 May 2017 Dutch regional broadcaster RTV Noord video is about conservation organisation Het Groninger Landschap officially notifying Haren local authority, which includes Hunzedal nature reserve, of the birth of a young white-tailed (aka: sea) eagle.

Dutch Dagblad van het Noorden daily reported on 9 May 2017 that the first ever young sea eagle of Groningen province hatched in the Hunzedal nature reserve, close to the Zuidlaardermeer lake.

Sea eagles had been extinct in the Netherlands for centuries but came back as nesting birds ten years ago.

The Hunzedal parents are a young couple which had already been in the area for years. This spring it was their first egg. In this area live otters, beavers and rare birds like white-winged black terns as well.

Wolf killed by car in the Netherlands


This video shows a wolf in Groningen province in the Netherlands in 2015.

Translated from RTV Noord in Groningen province in the Netherlands today:

This Friday morning a dead wolf was brought to Fauna Vision Foundation Wildcare in Westernieland.

Pim Lollinga of the rehab centre: “It is a male of more than fifty kilos, a huge animal. The animal was killed on the A28 motorway between Hoogeveen and Meppel [in Drenthe province]. …

The wolf has been transferred for investigation to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC), which is affiliated with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Utrecht. Lollinga: “They will create a DNA profile of the wolf. Subsequently, it will be checked whether he matches with a wild population in Germany.”

Wolves are at present not a resident species in the Netherlands. After hunters exterminated them in the nineteenth century, recently rarely vagrant wolves arrive from Germany.