House mice at bird feeder, video


This video shows house mice at a bird feeder.

Nico Stammis made this video in his backyard in the Netherlands.

First beaver discovery along Dutch river


This is a European beaver video.

Translated from Jeroen Bredenbeek in the Netherlands, 4 January 2016:

First beaver along the Zwarte Water [Black Water] in Hasselt

This Saturday Forestry Commission volunteers wanted to pollard willows along the Zwarte Water in Overijssel when one of them discovered that some willows had been gnawed. That turned out to be beaver traces. A first along the Zwarte Water! …

The Forestry Commission is pleased with the return of the beaver, it provides additional dynamics in floodplains and along with the otters also living here they are the ambassadors of a healthy natural river.

Saving a squirrel from drowning in Missouri, USA


This video by Tony Weiss from the USA says about itself:

Surveying flooding in Fenton MO on 12-30-2015 where the Meramec river is at a historic all time high crest near 44ft. I saw this little guy jump and try to swim for a bigger tree for safety but the current was just too strong. You can see him jump from the tree in front of me and start swimming but the current was quickly pulling him downstream. I know squirrels don’t understand English but I couldn’t help but yell out some positive encouragement.

While there are dangerous and lethal flooding problems in Missouri and elsewhere in the USA, at least this bit of positive news on this squirrel.

Over the past four weeks at least 24 people have been killed by near-record flooding along the Mississippi River, caused by extensive storms throughout the central United States. An estimated 17 million people live in areas placed under flood warning, according to a report last week by the National Weather Service, or around 5 percent of the population of the entire country: here.

Bird island recovery in Alaska


This video says about itself:

A birding trip to mainland Alaska and the outermost Aleutian Island, Attu, the “Mecca” for North American listers (because of the Asian strays) and a most miserable place, 5-6/2000.

From Biological Invasions journal:

29 December 2015

Passive recovery of an island bird community after rodent eradication

Abstract

The number and scale of island invasive species eradications is growing, but quantitative evidence of the conservation efficacy of passive recovery is limited. We compare relative abundances of breeding birds on Hawadax Island (formerly named Rat island), Aleutian Archipelago, Alaska, pre- and post- rat eradication to examine short-term (<1 year post-eradication) changes due to rodenticide application, and medium-term (5 years post-eradication) changes due to the absence of invasive rats.

In the short term, Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) numbers decreased from 24 individuals pre-eradication to two individuals <1 year post-eradication, but recovered to 10 individuals (42 % of pre-eradication) 5 years post-eradication, with all individuals nesting (63 % of the pre-eradication nesting).

Five years post-eradication relative abundances of most terrestrial birds surveyed using point counts either significantly increased [Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis), Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus), Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)] or did not differ [Pacific Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)].

Shorebirds also increased 5 years post-eradication with Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates) increasing fivefold, and Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis) nesting increasing from one to five nests. We confirmed two species of ground nesting seabirds [Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) and Leach’s Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucohoa)] as nesting (puffin) or engaged in courtship behavior (Storm-petrel) 5 years post-eradication.

Our results indicate that despite the short-term impact on Bald Eagles, and without further human intervention, most terrestrial and marine birds have newly-colonized, re-colonized, or increased in abundance following the eradication of invasive rats.

Kestrel catches mouse, video


This video is about a female kestrel, hovering hoping to catch a mouse near Heumen village not far from Nijmegen city in the Netherlands.

She manages to catch a mouse, and eats it.

Gerrie van der Meulen made the video.

Mouse at bird feeder, video


This video is about a mouse at a bird feeder.

The video is by jansentrip from the Netherlands.

British veterinarians help vole to eat again


This video says about itself:

9 August 2011

The baby field vole named “Woody” that was rescued and brought back to health.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

RSPCA defends itself after fixing tiny rodent’s tooth

Vets built an anaesthetic chamber in a cotton bud box and used small dental instruments to allow the vole to chew food again

Samuel Osborne

The RSPCA has defended itself after being criticised for fixing the broken teeth of a tiny vole.

The field vole, which weighed around an ounce, was admitted to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre with broken incisor teeth.

Vets built an anaesthetic chamber in a cotton bud box, using small dental instruments to even out the teeth to allow the vole to chew food again.

However, the charity faced criticism after it shared pictures of the operation on Facebook, but most congratulated the charity for helping the vole. …

Doctor Bev Panto, the centre’s veterinary officer, said: “The procedure cost nothing. We do not discriminate between different species and care for all animals.

“We believe every animal has the right to an existence and if an animal has a reasonable chance of rehabilitation into the wild then we will give it that chance, regardless of species.”