This video is about a great egret catching a mouse.
Jan Katsman made this video in the south of Flevoland province, the Netherlands.
About 200 great egret couples nest in the Netherlands.
And this willow tit.
This place reminded me of the artificial water holes for birds which I saw in the Gambia on 4 February 2012.
In both cases, on both sides of a footpath close to a road, at a forest’s edge, facilities for birds hung from trees.
Both places attracted, besides birds, squirrels: red ones in Finland; sun squirrels and striped ground squirrels in Gambia.
Also more differences, of course. No snow in Gambia, plenty of it in Finland. And dry season water in Gambia, winter food in Finland.
This video is about yellow-necked mice.
Translated from the Dutch Mammal Society:
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
For years the yellow-necked mouse in the Netherlands was only known from the extreme southeast of Limburg province. Since 2005 from the German border they are expanding to the west. Meanwhile, the species is known from all our provinces bordering on Germany. The question now is: are yellow-necked mice taking over, or may they occur in the same habitats together with common wood mice?
In Northwest Europe two species of wood mice live, common wood mice and yellow-necked mice. The yellow-necked mouse is clearly larger, but in terms of food spectrum it is virtually identical to the ordinary wood mouse.
So far, research has not yet established clearly whether yellow-necked mice supplant wood mice.
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.