World Migratory Bird Day, 12 May 2018

This video says about itself:

22 March 2012

Trailer for World Migratory Bird Day. Director: Christian Fischer ( / Composer: Max Würden ( / Speaker: Tom Zahner / With original footage by: Mush & Tinbergen, Quite Bright Films, Sergey Panayotov / Animation “Earth from space” © With creative direction & advice from the WMBD Team! For more information please see: or write to:

This year, World Migratory Bird Day is on 12 May in countries all over the world. Eg, in Dutch Oostvaardersplassen national park there are various activitiers that day.

Using weather surveillance radar and citizen-science data, researchers are learning how migratory birds return to their breeding grounds in North America each spring with near-pinpoint accuracy: here.


Oostvaardersplassen national park birds and mammals

This 6 January 2018 video is about a red fox, red deer, raven, wigeon, shoveler duck and blue tit in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

All-female marsh harrier couple raises chicks

This video from England says about itself:

15 April 2016

A magical day watching (and filming) Marsh Harriers and other wildlife (Cetti’s Warbler, Muntjac Deer, Linnet, Roe Deer, Swallows) on a glorious sunny day at RSPB Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.

Usually, baby marsh harriers are raised by male-female couples.

However, this nesting season there was an unusual discovery in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands. There, a young female harrier divided the food among her chicks in the nest. However, the prey was brought, not by a male bird, as usually, but by an older adult female.

The young birds have fledged now.

Why had the young adult female’s male partner disappeared? Who was the older female? The younger female’s mother? Her older sister? Her new-found love? We don’t know. These were not ringed birds.

Some years ago, at a marsh harrier nest on Texel island in the Netherlands, the adult female somehow disappeared. Then, the father managed to raise the chicks on his own.