Parrot crossbill invasion in the Netherlands


This video from Britain is called Male Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) by Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Essex, 13th October 2013.

There is a parrot crossbill invasion in the Netherlands, eg, on Texel island.

These north European and Siberian birds are rare in the Netherlands. They are bigger and have heavier bills than red crossbills. These heavier bills are useful for eating Scots pine seeds. While red crossbills eat Norway spruce seeds from less tough cones than Scots pine ones.

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Seals freed after reconvalescence


This 7 August 2017 video from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands is about two common seals, Paula and René, being freed after reconvalescence.

Rare buff-breasted sandpiper, brown booby in the Netherlands


This 20 October 2014 video is about a buff-breasted sandpiper, attracting bird photographers, on the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Today, 20 August 2017, a buff-breasted sandpiper is present in nature reserve De Zandkes on Texel island in the Netherlands. This North American species is rare in the Netherlands.

This video is called Unbelievably Tame Brown Booby Bird On Christmas Island [near Australia].

On 20 August 2017, a brown booby, a species which one would expect near Australia or in the Caribbean, was seen near Lopik in the Netherlands, and later in Germany. The first brown booby ever for both countries.

Lake flamingo pink because of drought


Pink Wagejot, photo by Flying Focus Aerial Photography

This photo by Flying Focus Aerial Photography shows Wagejot nature reserve on Texel island in the Netherlands this week.

Usually, the water of this shallow lake near the Wadden sea is greyish-greenish. Now, it is flamingo pink.

Probably, algae cause this. Because of drought, which increases salinity.

I have good memories of Wagejot. Both in a cold winter, with only a lonely redshank on the ice; and at warmer times with many birds.

Puffin rehabilitation videos


This 17 July 2017 Dutch video is about the puffin which arrived recently in the bird hospital of Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands.

The bird is still underweight. When it will be well again, it will be freed.

In the video, Mick tells about feeding the puffin. See also here.

This 17 July 2017 Dutch video is about the recovery of the puffin. Since it came to Ecomare, its weight has increased from too low 225 gram to 348 gram.