Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands reports by e-mail that a fly species, new for the Netherlands, was discovered in the sand dunes of Meijendel nature reserve. Schistostoma truncatum was found on 20 April 2015 by Arie Benschop.
This video is about a yellowhammer singing.
Early in the morning, a red squirrel outside.
In the Dwingelose heide heathland, a yellowhammer sings.
A curlew calls.
Not just heather grows here: eg, moss as well.
Many skylarks fly up and down, singing.
One skylark, a bit atypically, sits down on a bush.
A kestrel flies overhead.
On the sandy path along the bicycle track, oak eggar caterpillars. These hairy caterpillars, common in Dwingelderveld at this time of the year, may irritate people’s skins. Some birds don’t like to feed on hairy caterpillars like these; but, eg, cuckoos don’t mind.
A long-tailed tit in a tree.
Then, a male stonechat.
This video shows a honey buzzard, digging at a wasps’ nest.
Translated from the Dutch Sovon ornithologists:
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
On May 5, the first bird of the transmitter project ‘Honey Buzzards of the Kempenbroek‘ returned to our country. In the third week of April the birds left their wintering grounds in West Africa. The birds needed more time than usually for the journey due to bad weather over the Sahara and Europe. The coming period we will be able to see if and when the other birds will arrive with us. The Honey Buzzard, along with species such as Turtle Dove, Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Reed Warbler, Golden Oriole, and Red-backed Shrike is among the last species to return to us from Africa.
Meanwhile, more honey buzzards have arrived.
This is a Langia zenzeroides video.
From Xinhua news agency in China:
Hawk moth found in Sichuan is largest ever discovered
2015-05-13 09:35 (GMT+8)
Zhao Li, head of the Insect Museum of West China in the provincial capital Chengdu, said the hawk moth was discovered by a team from the museum during an expedition to Qingcheng Mountain. The moth’s wingspan is 17.5 centimeters long. Previously, the largest hawk moth found had a wingspan of 15.6 centimeters.
The newly discovered hawk moth belongs to the species of Langia zenzeroides, the largest hawk moth species. Wing spans of L. zenzeroides are generally 12 to 15 centimeters long.
According to Zhao, these moths usually live in northern India, northern Thailand, northern Vietnam, as well as southern and eastern China. They have been known to take up residence in mountainous areas with an altitude of 1,000-2,000 meters in western Sichuan province in April and May.
This video is called Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) with young.
After 3 May 2015, 4 May 2015 in Drenthe.
Near Kraloo, a black redstart on a roof.
In the Dwingelderveld, an Egyptian goose near a lake.
A cuckoo on a tree.
Grey lag geese fly past.
In a peat bog ditch, pondskaters.
Big caterpillars of oak eggar moths.
On a shrub in heathland, a tree pipit sings.
A bit further, a male and a female stonechat.
A whitethroat sings.
A yellowhammer in a tree sings.
On the edge of a peat bog, male and female common pochard swimming.
A brimstone butterfly lands on a dandelion flower.
This is a video about a dung beetle transporting dung; while a slug watches.
Michael de Vries in the Netherlands made this video.