Stork, herons quarrel in hot summer

This 26 July 2018 video from the Leenderbos nature reserve in the Netherlands shows consequences of the 2018 hot dry summer. Lakes have shrunk to small pools full of amphibians and fish. That attracted this quarreling white stork and these grey herons.

Johan Lazaroms made this video.

June in England, poem

This video says about itself:

Birdsong at dusk in England, nightingales, Hammerwood June 2013

At 30:00 we hear clearly the nightingale‘s classic call fading out eventually to just the owls. What other birds can you hear?

By Jeff Skinner in Britain:

Friday 30th June 2017


Let this poem be a Sunday
morning – quiet light floods

the room; birds tuning up
in the trees run through

a scribbled libretto
of courtship and gossip.

Bring your coffee back to bed.
Today anything’s possible, nothing

irredeemable. Sun warms
the bones of the earth,

in mosques and parks
people gather;

no fire claims a life,
no terrorist owns a bridge.

Jeff Skinner’s poems have appeared in Stare’s Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry, The Open Mouse, Poetry News, and on a Guernsey bus. He was long listed in the Bridport competition in 2012 and shortlisted in the 2015 Wells Poetry Competition. He reads occasionally with Exeter Poets Uncut.

Blue tits and blackbirds on the balcony

This video is about a singing blue tit.

This morning, 19 July 2015, two great tits at the feeder at the balcony.

Blue tits came as well.

And a male blackbird. And a magpie. And three wood pigeons.

Scores of jackdaws flying past, calling.

Cuckoo balances on barbed wire, video

After the video of the badger balancing on a branch, now a video of a cuckoo balancing on a barbed wire fence.

The bird uses its tail for balancing.

Wiebeadema in the Netherlands made this video in the summer of 2014.

Spoonbills and shelduck ducklings

This video is about nature reserve Polders Poelgeest in the Netherlands.

Today, once again to the nature reserve which I discovered when Baillon’s crakes nested there.

Swifts flying over the southern lake.

Gray lag geese with goslings. One adult goose with a green band with a number.

A reed bunting sings. A grey heron on the opposite bank of the lake.

A marsh warbler sings in the reedbed in the northern part of the southern lake.

Barn swallows flying.

In the northern lake, a shelduck swims with ten ducklings. The youngsters are already over half adult shelduck size. So, they are less in danger of predation by now.

On the island, many black-headed gulls. Two spoonbills, cleaning their feathers. Egyptian geese. Scores of Canada geese swimming. A lesser black-backed gull.

Black-tailed godwits wading in shallow water. One of them near an avocet.

A great cormorant flies.

A meadow brown butterfly.

Edible frog sound.

A female tufted duck with three ducklings, which drive frequently.

Not far away, a coot with a small chick.

At the eastern side of the northern lake, one of two redshanks takes off, calling.

An oystercatcher on an islet.

Two great crested grebes swimming.

Young birds at the feeders


Yesterday, and today, birds at the feeders on both sides of the house.

Great tits. Blue tits. Adults. But also many juveniles, whose bellies are still a pale kind of yellow. Probably just fledged.

In the gutter just outside the window, a young blackbird washing itself. Then, it dries its wings among the lichen near the gutter. Probably a fledgling as well.

Now, also house sparrows at a feeder on the back side of the house. I had seen this species here a few times, but always at the other, front, side. A sign that this species is recovering from decline?

Coot nest, second brood chicks hatch

This is a video about two recently hatched coot babies, in Goirle in the Netherlands. The video is by Martijn de Boer.

This morning, the only surviving young coot of the first brood of this year was swimming with its non-nesting parent, near the river-canal crossing. It is not much smaller than adult size by now, but it still has a juvenile white throat.

About forty meter away, the other parent sat on the nest. Next to it, a very small coot chick. Probably, more chicks under the parent’s wings. So, the youngsters of the second brood have hatched. Probably, they will not have to deal with the cold spring weather from when the first brood hatched.

Coot nest, five new eggs

This video is called Eurasian Black Coot with Baby Chicks (Fulica atra).

Today, the young coot, probably the only one left of originally at least four chicks, sitting on the nest.

It is by now almost as big as its parents.

Next to the youngster, five eggs of the second brood of this year.

The parents swam close to the nest. One of them brought a water plant to make the nest stronger. Probably no need to sit on the eggs today, as it is a hot day.