Moths, butterflies and birds


Moth on flower-pot, 8 June 2014

On 8 June 2014, in Losdorp, we saw this moth on a flower pot on the cemetery.

Before we had arrived there, at 13:56, a white stork from the train in Staphorst.

Later, in Drenthe province, more white storks, standing or flying.

In the Losdorp garden, at least three red admiral butterflies.

Barn swallows fly past.

Blackbird, pheasant, chiffchaff and chaffinch sounds.

As we walk to the cemetery, a small heath butterfly. Too volatile for a photograph.

Then, the cemetery with the moth.

Not far from the cemetery, a hare on a field.

Two Bombus pascuorum bumblebees.

Small tortoiseshell, Losdorp, 8 June 2014

Very many small tortoiseshell butterflies.

A red-tailed bumblebee.

Edible frog sound.

White clover flower with bee, 8 June 2014

Bees on white clover flowers.

Moths in the Netherlands and Estonia: here.

Ten thousands dunlin, one curlew sandpiper, six seals


This video is about avocets nesting in Breebaart nature reserve in the Netherlands, and about a visual artist painting them.

7 September 2013. From Losdorp to Breebaart nature reserve.

As we come near the reserve, a buzzard on a pole.

Grey lag geese flying. Also many gray leg geese in the reserve.

Scores of avocets.

This video from Britain is called BTO Bird ID – Knot and Dunlin.

Dunlin by the ten thousands. Every now and then, they fear, rightly or wrongly, a peregrine falcon or other attack. Then, flocks of thousands of the small waders start flying synchronically, looking white at first, then black as they turn.

Northern lapwings fly along with the dunlin.

In the hide, there is a barn swallow nest with young chicks. Every now and then, the parents fly in, bringing insect food. A poster asks to leave at least one of the windows of the hide open, in order to not lock the parents out.

Ringed plovers along the shore. Shoveler ducks and teal swimming.

A black-tailed godwit. Redshanks.

Then, a relatively rare wader. A young curlew sandpiper; slightly bigger than a dunlin.

We walk to the Dollard bay. Near the shore, six harbour seals rest on a sandbank. Also many dunlin here. Scores of black-headed gulls.

Four shelducks fly past. A bit later, twenty ducks of the same species.

Red admiral, Breebaart, 7 September 2013

As we walk back, a red admiral butterfly.

Frogs, swallows and bumblebees


This video says about itself:

Sir David Attenborough uses a thermal imaging camera to demonstrate the ingenious way a queen bumble bee heats up in the cold morning air to beat the insect traffic. Brilliant video from BBC animal and wildlife show ‘Life in the Undergrowth‘.

7 September 2013.

Still in Losdorp.

Near the cemetery, edible frog sound. Barn swallows flying.

Field bindweed flowers.

Dragonflies and craneflies at the cemetery. But less than yesterday: yesterday was warm; during the night it rained; now, it is colder.

A snail. I did not see one here yesterday. The rainy weather brought it out.

Along the path, flowers attract a stone bumblebee and an early bumblebee.

Back in the garden, a silver Y moth.

The case of the massive (50,000) bumblebee kill in Oregon has been settled. The court ruled that the bumblebees were killed by improper pesticide application. The pesticide, dinotefutan, was to blame. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) found that: 1) the linden trees were clearly in bloom; 2) Dinotefuran label states that the pesticide is known to be hazardous to bees when applied onto flowering trees in bloom; and 3) it was a violation of label instructions to use the pesticide under the circumstances: here.

Birds, salamanders and flowers


After our walk along the fields of Losdorp, we arrived near a house with many trees and other plants around it.

The owners of this private nature reserve were so kind to show us around.

They have a nest box for kestrels; which these birds use regularly.

They have a big nest box for tawny owls as well. So far, jackdaws use it.

This summer, a nest of young greenfinches fledged around here.

There are many orchids here; including Gymnadenia species. Unfortunately, at this time of the year, most of their flowers were finished. So were rattle flowers. Greater yellow-rattles and Rhinanthus alectorolophus both grow here.

Field cow-wheat flower, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

As this photo shows, there were still field cow-wheat flowers.

Autumn crocus, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

And autumn crocus flowers.

Bumblebee, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

Bumblebees visit the still flowering flowers.

Not lesser butterfly-orchid, or common broomrape or field scabious flowers: it is too late for them.

There are still harebell flowers.

Rampion bellflower, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

And flowers of their relatives, rampion bellflowers.

Small white butterfly on snapdragon flower, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

A small white butterfly on a snapdragon flower.

Bog-star flowers, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

We arrive at the pond. On its banks, beautiful bog-star flowers. Also on the pond banks, a relatively small species of the ancient horsetail family: common horsetails. In the water, a bigger relative of them: marsh horsetails.

Marsh helleborine and marsh lousewort: again, they grow here; but no flowers any more.

There is a small metal fence around the musk orchids; to prevent snails from eating them.

Euphrasia, Losdorp, 6 September 2012

Euphrasia flowers still in bloom.

In the pond, edible frogs and common newts live.

There are various insect hotels.

Near the fence in a dry ditch, remains of a dead hare. Apparently, two buzzards which flew away, had been feeding on it.

Finally, a brimstone butterfly.

Dragonflies and other insects


Small heath, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

6 September 2013. This is a small heath butterfly on the path near the Losdorp garden.

Many dragonflies flying, and, sometimes, sitting down, on the hedge or on the reedbed along the ditch.

Are they common darters? Closely related, extremely similar species?  A mix of closely related species?

Cranefly, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

In the hedge along the cemetery, many craneflies. Maybe the species Tipula paludosa?

Dragonfly on tombstone, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

Dragonflies here often sit down on tombstones. This one looks like a young male of a Sympetrum species. Common darter?

Hoverfly on flower, Losdorp, 7 September 2013

Along the path outside the cemetery, hoverflies and bees visit thistle and other flowers.

Small white butterfly, Losdorp, 6 September 2013

Small white butterflies as well.

Small tortoiseshell, Losdorp, 6 August 2013

A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a field. Later, another one on the road.

Ormia ochracea’s sense of directional hearing is second to none in the animal kingdom. A biologist’s study of this fly may lead researchers to develop better hearing aids, they say: here.

Dragonfly and butterflies in the garden


Male common darter

Today, a dragonfly sat for minutes on the almost gone flowers in the Losdorp garden.

It was a red male of one of the smaller species.

I would say: male common darter. Though this is a species very similar to other, related, species.

Also in the garden: two green-veined white butterflies.

Hares and buzzards


This video is called Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).

Today, to Losdorp in Groningen province.

From the train, two hares close to the railway.

In the Losdorp garden, many flowers are already finished, so not as many insects as a week ago.

Just before dusk, a female buzzard flies away, with the male following her. A few minutes later, a third buzzard flies in the same direction. Buzzards often fly to trees for sleeping just before the evening falls.

Dutch butterflies, pheasant photos


The photos here are from when I was in Losdorp in Groningen province, the Netherlands.

Green-veined white butterfly, Losdorp, 23 July 2012

On 23 July 2012, in Losdorp, in the garden, a green-veined white butterfly.

Small tortoiseshell, Losdorp, 23 July 2012

That day, just behind the garden, a small tortoiseshell butterfly.

Pheasant, Losdorp, 24 July 2012

On 24 July, a male pheasant in Losdorp, its head coming out of a grain field just behind the garden.

Stay tuned for more photos on this blog today.

Butterflies and flycatcher


In a garden in Losdorp, the Netherlands: red admiral, peacock and common blue butterflies, meadow brown.

This is a video about spotted flycatchers nesting in the Netherlands.

Barn swallows flying. A spotted flycatcher in a tree.

Dutch spotted flycatchers: here.