Bird umbrella for sale


Bird umbrella

At BirdLife in the Netherlands, a new umbrella with depictions of eight bird species is for sale.

The species depicted are, clockwise from the top: wren, white wagtail, great tit, (male) chaffinch, tree sparrow, blue tit, robin and great spotted woodpecker.

Kingfisher and fish video


In this 30 March 2017 video, a male kingfisher gives a fish to its partner. However, the female has some trouble swallowing the comparatively big fish.

Jos van Zijl in the Netherlands made this video.

‘Don’t kill rooks’


This 25 March 2016 video is about rooks near Emmen town in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

According to another Dutch province, South Holland, only 850 rook couples nest on its territory. Far less than the expected 2000 couples.

Still, the South Holland provincial authorities want to shoot rooks because of supposed damage to agriculture.

According to the South Holland Wildlife and Environment Federation NMZH on 28 March 2017, these rare birds should not be shot.

In its appeal against the provincial authorities’ decision, the NMZH argued that it occurs only very occasionally that rooks harm agriculture and only on a small scale. According to NMZH it is much better to compensate farmers if there is damage than to give permission for structural killing of rooks. Moreover, rooks also play a very useful role for agriculture because they eat harmful insects, such as leatherjackets.

Great tit gathers nesting material


This 28 March 2017 video shows a great tit gathering hair as nesting material.

Ciska van Geer in the Netherlands made this video.

Woodpecker making nest, video


This 21 March 2017 video shows a male great spotted woodpecker making a nest hole.

AG Hols from the Netherlands made this video.

Great crested grebes in love on video


This 14 March 2017 video shows a great crested grebe couple in love. They dance, while offering each other water plants.

Emmanuël Samuël Wijman from the Netherlands made this video.

Kingfisher eats fish, video


This 9 March 2017 video shows a kingfisher eating a small fish.

Frits Simons from the Netherlands made this video.