Starling murmuration at sunset

This September 2017 video shows a starling murmuration at sunset above Terschelling island in the Netherlands.

Dennis Rietdijk made this video.


Rare plants back near Terschelling island lake

Bog pimpernel

The forestry department of Terschelling island in the Netherlands reported on 4 July 2017 that rare plants which had been away for decades are now back near Doodemanskisten lake.

They are, eg, pillwort fern and bog pimpernel. These species had disappeared there in the 1950s after the Doodemanskisten environment had deteriorated. A few years ago, conservation measures to improve the situation started.

Sanderlings on Terschelling island

This 29 October 2016 video shows sanderlings on Terschelling island in the Netherlands.

Jos Korenromp made the video.

Beach nesting birds of the Noordvaarder, Terschelling: here.

Small crabs eating king ragworm

This 27 September 2016 video shows young shore crabs attacking, and eating, a king ragworm.

Ciska van Geer made this video during low tide off the Boschplaat on Terschelling island in the Netherlands.

Brittle stars of Terschelling island

This video, recorded on 25 July 2016 on Terschelling island in the Netherlands, shows brittle stars.

Good wheatear news from Terschelling island

This is a 2012 northern wheatear video from Ukraine.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels TV:

Terschelling Wheatear Paradise

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Of all northern wheatears that nest in our country more than a quarter do so on Terschelling. What is the secret of this island?

It’s been bad for years for the wheatears’ breeding in the Netherlands. It is estimated that there are no more than 270 wheatear couples in our dunes and other sandy areas. Terschelling foresters of the Forestry Commission counted during the last breeding season at least seventy couples. “And that’s probably an underestimate,” says ranger Joeri Lamers.

According to Lamers wheatears on Terschelling benefit from the extensive grazing taking place there. “Using, eg, goats and horses we stop overgrowth of the dunes. As a result, there is sufficient young marram grass, which in turn attracts insects, which in turn attract wheatears. We have sufficient open dune places where rabbits dig holes. The wheatears again need old rabbit holes to make their nests”.