Goat shit, rabbit shit, food on Vlieland island?

Vlieland goat shit, 29 September 2017

This 29 September 2017 cell phone photo is from the ship from Harlingen harbour to Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

On Vlieland there are not only beautiful birds, but goats and rabbits as well.

The captions on the boxes say Vlieland goat excrement and Vlieland rabbit excrement.

Do people really eat shit on Vlieland?

No: the content of the boxes is licorice.


Bagels, gulls, signpost and kingfisher

Herring gull, 17 September 2017

As this blog said before, on 17 September 2017 we had arrived in Katwijk on the North Sea, and had walked to the sand dunes south of Katwijk. We sat down on a dune to have bagels for lunch. A herring gull couple arrived.

Suddenly, one of the gulls grabbed half of a bagel and flew away to its mate to share it.

Herring gull, on 17 September 2017

Someone with a small bucket had made sand ‘pies’.

Herring gull and carrion crow, 17 September 2017

Carrion crows arrived as well, hoping to also get some bits of our bagels or apples. However, they did not come as close as the gulls. Carrion crows are not that much smaller than herring gulls. The one on the photo looks so because of perspective.

Sand dunes, 17 September 2017

We went further inland. A migrating meadow pipit flying.

After a walk in the sand dunes, we went back to Katwijk.

Signpost, 17 September 2017

In front of a restaurant was a signpost. It pointed, to the left, to hiring beach houses. To the right, to Texel island 94 kilometer to the north (on the other side, a sign to Rome far to the south). In te direction of the sea, a sign saying ‘wave pool’.

Jackdaw, 17 September 2017

A jackdaw at the restaurant.

Sculpture, 17 September 2017

As we walked north, in the dunes between Katwijk aan Zee village and the sea, a sculpture.

We arrived back at the inland port. And went aboard the boat back to Leiden.

In Katwijk aan Zee, a grey lag goose swimming in the river.

Between Katwijk aan Zee and Katwijk aan den Rijn, a grey heron on the bank.

A bit further, I heard a kingfisher. Some others on the boat saw it as well.

Bridge, on 17 September 2017

Just before dusk, we arrived at the bridges of Leiden city.

Windmill, 17 September 2017

We passed the windmill De Put, a 20th century reconstruction of a 17th century windmill.

A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

Painting, birds, sea and buildings in Katwijk

Jan Toorop, 17 September 2017

As I blogged before, on 17 September 2017 we arrived at the North Sea in Katwijk town in the Netherlands. As this photo shows, there, on a sand dune, is a reproduction of a painting by artist Jan Toorop (1858–1928). Of Dutch-Indonesian ancestry, he lived some of his life in Katwijk.

Jan Toorop, bomschuit ship, 17 September 2017

This 1890 painting shows a ‘bomschuit‘ type ship on the beach of Katwijk. Fishermen and horses had to drag the ship out of the sea, or back into the sea; as Katwijk has no seaport.

A bit further was more art reminding people of fishing, traditionally the main industry in Katwijk aan Zee village.

Katwijk aan Zee, monument, 17 September 2017

A metal sculpture commemorates the over a hundred Katwijk fishermen who died at sea from 1919-2000, mentioning their names and ages.

Katwijk aan Zee, monument poem, 17 September 2017

The poem on the monument says (translated): Went to sea to have daily bread/Not knowing about the ends of their lives/This death did not grant farewells to loved ones/Only the names and memories stayed.

So, after the 1900 theatre play Op Hoop van Zegen by Herman Heijermans, which exposed unscrupulous shipowners and workplace deaths, and increased pressure for improvements, fishing was still a dangerous job. And it still is in this 21st century: in front of the metal monument were four stones commemorating four Katwijk fishermen casualties from 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Katwijk aan Zee, lamppost, 17 September 2017

A lamppost which used to be a ship’s mast.

Katwijk aan Zee, bird migration counting point, 17 September 2017

We arrived at the bird migration counting point, with pictures of various bird species which pass here. Meanwhile, barn swallows flying south on their autumn migration. So did meadow pipits.

A jackdaw and two migrating northern wheatears on the ground close to us. Unfortunately, no people counting birds present.

Sea holly growing. The flowers are gone already.

We continue to the mouth of the Old Rhine river. A carrion crow. A ringed plover on a rock.

Katwijk aan Zee, on 17 September 2017

Then, we walk south along the beach.

Katwijk aan Zee, church, 17 September 2017

We pass the old Saint Andrew’s church and its tower.

Katwijk aan Zee, church, on 17 September 2017

Finally, we are on the part of the beach south of Katwijk, and go inland to the sand dunes. Stay tuned!

To Katwijk on the North Sea by boat

Leiden, Galgewater, 17 September 2017

On 17 September 2017, we went by boat to Katwijk town on the North Sea. The sailing started in the inner city of Leiden. The photo shows the part of the river Rhine called Galgewater which serves as a historical harbour for old ships; and behind it, the seventeenth century Dutch renaissance stepped gable building of the Stadstimmerwerf (municipal carpentry business).

A ring-necked parakeet calling.

Bridge, 17 September 2017

We passed a bridge with graffiti on it.

Coots are swimming. So does a great crested grebe. Two Egyptian geese on the bank.

An adult great crested grebe with two youngsters.

Building, 17 September 2017

We pass various buildings on the bank.

Six Egyptian geese on the bank.

As we continue on the Rhine, the left bank is Valkenburg village (now part of Katwijk local authority), the right bank is Oegstgeest local authority.

A herring gull swimming.

A Canada goose on the bank.

We pass Rijnsburg village. A jay flying.

As we sail on, we arrive in the next village: Katwijk aan den Rijn.

Katwijk aan den Rijn, 17 September 2017

On this photo from Katwijk aan den Rijn, nursing home De Wilbert is on the right.

Katwijk aan den Rijn, bridge, 17 September 2017

We passed under bridges in Katwijk aan den Rijn, like this one.

Katwijk aan Zee, 17 September 2017

We arrived in Katwijk aan Zee village. In the back of this photo is the pumping station regulating the flow of the Rhine into the North Sea.

Katwijk aan Zee, inland port, 17 September 2017

We approached the end of our journey: the inland port of Katwijk aan Zee.

Katwijk aan Zee, pond, 17 September 2017

After we had disembarked, we saw this pond just behind the inland port, with water plants and many small invertebrate animals.

Katwijk aan Zee, street, 17 September 2017

We walked to the North Sea.

Katwijk aan Zee, North Sea, 17 September 2017

And we arrived at a spot where just sand dunes and the beach separated us from the North Sea.

There will be more on Katwijk on this blog; so, stay tuned!

Dutch photographer arrested for photographing violent United States soldier

This 10 January 2006 Dutch TV video is about a demonstration of people from Schinveld village in Limburg province in the Netherlands. The demonstration was against cutting down the nature reserve Schinveld forest for NATO AWACS military aircraft based in Germany which make much noise.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

NRC photographer in prison cell because he refused to give up photos

Today, 09:13

A photographer from NRC Handelsblad daily was jailed on Sunday for two hours because he refused to give footage to the police. The NRC is angry about it and has referred the case to the College of Attorneys General, the daily administration of the Public Prosecution Service.

Freelancer Chris Keulen was working with a NRC reporter near Brunssum.

In Dutch Limburg province. Where there is a NATO military headquarters.

They made a story about noise pollution by NATO reconnaissance aircraft.

These are AWACS aircraft, which are illegal in the USA because of their noise problems. People in Limburg have been waging massive actions for many years against the AWACS noise.

According to NRC, a fight between an activist and a US soldier in civilian clothes occurred during the report. The activist got a swollen face, stretched knee bands and bloodshed.

Keulen made pictures of the incident. When he reported to the police station for a witness statement, he was asked to give up the photos. He refused that. He was then arrested and, according to Keulen, there was an “intimidating and unpleasant” atmosphere. Eventually his camera was seized.

No permission

The NRC says police and justice department have violated their own rules because no permission had been requested from a judge. …

What is the reason for the police action? He does not know. “Maybe because it was a US American.” He calls the actions of the soldier excessive.

‘A matter of concern’

The College of Attorneys General is now investigating the matter. Chief editor Peter Vandermeersch has already asked the public prosecution service to cancel the case against Keulen and to destroy the seized photographs. “It is a matter of concern that the police and the judiciary seem to be unfamiliar with their own rules on seizure”, he says.

UPDATE: the Public Prosecution Service has admitted they were wrong: here.

Clean out used nest boxes or not?

This beautiful Eastern Bluebird nest is located in our OOEF Nestbox #7 on our Old Oak Estate Farm Bolden Bluebird Trail. The nest features some horsetail hair from our black horse. Photo by Gisela Borawski-Hayes, Belleville, IL, United States

This photo of an eastern bluebird nest is from Belleville, Illinois in the USA.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s NestWatch eNewsletter in the USA, September 2017:

Cleaning House…or Not

With the nesting season drawing to a close, our once bustling nest boxes are now quiet and filled with leftover nesting materials. What should be done with old nests? Do cavity-nesting birds prefer to reuse nests, or do they like a fresh start?

Unfortunately, the answer is not clear-cut, and a lot depends on the species and the geographic location. Find out more about whether or not to clean your nest boxes on the NestWatch Blog.