Blackbirds, blackcaps, nuthatches and jays


This October 2019 video is about Bosdrift cemetery in Hilversum.

We went there today.

Before we reached the cemetery, house sparrows in a hawthorn tree with ivy.

At the entrance, a dunnock singing.

One of many jays.

A wood pigeon.

A buzzard calls. So does a great tit.

A male and a female blackbird together on top of a standing tombstone.

A wren.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Nuthatch sound. Robin sound.

A carrion crow on a tree.

A blackcap sings.

So does a chiffchaff.

A jay with an acorn in its bill on top of a tombstone.

Near the exit, a magpie.

As we pass the old harbour, four jackdaws on a lawn.

Woodcreeper and woodpecker on the same tree


This is a short-toed treecreeper video from Spain.

Today, in the Corversbos woodland near Hilversum, a short-toed woodcreeper was looking for insect food on the same tree as a great spotted woodpecker.

A few days ago, a green woodpecker, rarer than the great spotted woodpecker, was heard in the Corversbos.

Short-toed treecreepers in residential area


Short-toed treecreeper, 10 February 2017

Today, there were two short-toed treecreepers on a not very big tree in a residential area in Hilversum town in the Netherlands. One of them is on this photo.

Grass snake swims, video


This video shows a grass snake swimming near Hilversum in the Netherlands on 18 September 2015.

Olga Kuijltjes made this video.

Marsh tit, nesting nuthatches and slime molds


False puffball, 24 April 2015

On 24 April 2015, to nature reserves between Hilversum and ‘s-Graveland; where we saw this false puffball slime mold. Like the other photo in this blog post, this is a cell phone photo.

It was beautiful spring weather.

We arrived at Boekesteyn nature reserve.

A mallard.

A chaffinch sings. So does a blackcap.

A great tit.

A blackbird on a meadow.

A nuthatch.

A jay sitting on a branch.

A great spotted woodpecker.

A song thrush sings.

A white wagtail sits in a small tree, cleaning its feathers.

An Egyptian goose couple on a meadow.

Flowers as well: ground-ivy; lesser celandine; and cuckooflower.

A white stork standing on its nest on a treetop. Then, it sits down: only its head is still visible.

A goldfinch in a tree, then on the ground.

A brimstone butterfly.

In the woodland, a marsh tit, hanging upside down on a branch.

We pass what in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, before the coming of refrigerators, used to be the ice cellar of Schaep en Burgh estate. There, ice cut from the ponds in winter kept food cold. Now, the building is used by wintering bats. In 2014, eight Daubenton’s bats and three whiskered bats were seen spending the winter there.

Then, a nuthatch on a tree near a canal. It goes to a hole in the tree, and feeds another nuthatch. Very probably, its breeding partner in the nest.

Then, we find an old oak tree. It has been cut down. There are false puffballs on it.

False puffball, on 24 April 2015

False puffballs look like fungi, but belong to the slime molds, a separate group. Especially in spring, they grow on oak and other trees. They attract slime mold flies, Epicypta testata.

As we go back, a great cormorant flies overhead.

This brainless slime mold can learn and remember despite having no brain or neural tissues: here.

New moss species discovery in the Netherlands


Orthotrichum comosum

This is an Orthotrichum comosum photo by Rafael Medina in Spain.

Translated from Dutch VARA radio and the Dutch Bryological and Lichenological Society:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In the center of Hilversum a new moss species has been discovered: Orthotrichum comosum. Never before seen in Western Europe and even worldwide it still is a novice. On Vroege Vogels Radio Henk Siebel of the Bryologische and Lichenologische Werkgroep revealed this unique find. Recently there was a scientific publication on this new moss species. Siebel believed he recognized the moss which he had photographed half a year earlier on a Norway maple in his hometown Hilversum. An interesting finding because the species occurs mainly in Mediterranean mountain areas. It is suspected that climate change now in the Netherlands is creating the right conditions for this species.

Fungi and nuthatch


Clouded agaric, 23 November 2014

On 23 November 2014, to the Corversbos nature reserve. Where we saw this clouded agaric fungus.

Before we arrived there, a great cormorant flying over the canal near the old harbour. A robin singing.

Clouded agaric fairy ring, 23 November 2014

Many fairy rings of clouded agaric mushrooms.

Mycena, 23 November 2014

In some fairy rings, smaller Mycena mushrooms joined their bigger colleagues.

Sulphur tuft on a fallen tree.

Shaggy ink cap, 23 November 2014

A bit further, a shaggy ink cap.

Nuthatch sound.

Common ink caps.

Birch polypores on a fallen birch tree.

Shaggy ink cap, old, 23 November 2014

Still further, another shaggy ink cap; older than the earlier one.

Shaggy ink cap, old one, 23 November 2014

Clouded agaric, on 23 November 2014

As we continued, more clouded agarics.

Autumn leaves, 23 November 2014

Beautiful autumn leaves on the forest floor. Some also still on trees.

Shaggy ink cap, young  one, 23 November 2014

Still further, this young shaggy ink cap.

Candlesnuff fungus, 23 November 2014

On a stump, candlesnuff fungus grows.

Candlesnuff fungus, on 23 November 2014

Rare mushrooms in the Dutch coastal dunes: here.

Texel island fungi: here.

Coprinopsis nivea: here.

Slugs mating, video


This is a video about two slugs mating in a garden in Hilversum, the Netherlands.

Stef.music made this video on 15 July 2014.

Nature photos and video by artist Kim Boske


This Dutch video is about an exhibition in the Hilversum museum, the Netherlands at the moment. It is called I go walking in your landscape. The exhibition is by Kim Boske, photographer and videographer. She was born in Hilversum and lives in Amsterdam.

The subject of the exhibition is how time changes flowers and trees in nature, as recorded both in photos and on video.

This is another Dutch video on Ms Boske’s exhibition in Hilversum.

This video, in English, says about itself:

“I love this book, because I love Kim Boske, she’s a young artist. And I don’t love only this book, but I love her work.”