Red squirrel in tawny owls’ nestbox, video


Before the tawny owl couple of my earlier blog post started nesting in their nestbox in Oisterwijk in the Netherlands, a red squirrel visited that box; as seen in the video here.

Nesting tawny owl gets food, video


This is a video of a female tawny owl, nesting in a nestbox in Oisterwijk nature reserve in the Netherlands in February 2015. Regularly, the male comes to bring her food.

Good long-eared owl news


This video is about long-eared owls.

Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands reports that this year, more long-eared owls than ever have been counted in Friesland province. 1740 owls at 143 resting places. Last winter, there had only been 800 birds.

Extremely probably, this is because 2014 has been a good year for rodents. Other owl species have profited from this as well. 90-95% of long-eared owl food are common voles. In a bad rodent year, they eat some small birds as well.

Eurasian eagle-owls in the Netherlands


This is a Eurasian eagle-owl video.

In 1997, after a long absence, immigrating from Germany, Eurasian eagle-owls started nesting in the Netherlands. In 2014, there were over twenty breeding couples.

This week, they were also seen in urban areas: in Utrecht, Rotterdam, Poortugaal and Purmerend. It is not certain whether these were wild or feral birds.

Burrowing owls dancing, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

7 February 2015

Wildlife photographer Megan Lopez captures a curious pair of burrowing owls.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® camera from http://GoPro.com.

Rat poison kills birds, partial ban


This video is about a kestrel nest on a balcony in Poland.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:

Vermin fighters may no longer use mouse and rat poison anymore in the open air from early this year on. That was decided by the board for the authorization of plant protection products and biocides (Ctgb). The main reason for the partial ban of these rodenticides is that many mice and rats have become immune to the poison. It is also to reduce the risk of other animals being exposed to the substances.

Research by ecotoxicologist Nico van den Brink of Alterra research institute in Wageningen shows that a large part of our raptors get rat poison in their food. The chance of barn owls and kestrels dying from this is plausible.

Rodenticides are not completely prohibited. Inside buildings they may still be used. Also, the Ctgb offers the possibility to obtain an authorization under strict conditions for outdoor use.

Barn owls in love, video


This is a 4 February 2015 video about two barn owls in love in the Netherlands.

These two owls, and other bird nests in the Netherlands, will be on webcams, starting 15 February.