Good northern wheatear nesting news

This is a 2015 northern wheatear video.

This week, Dutch site reports that the 2019 nesting season was good for wheatears in the Netherlands.

After many years of decline, the number of northern wheatear nesting couples rose from 28 in 2018 to 42 in this year in the Aekingerzand nature reserve in Drenthe province.

In the coastal sand dunes near Den Helder, the number went from 25 to 42.

In the dunes in the northern part of Texel island, from 29 to 37.

Also the numbers of eggs per nest increased. So did the numbers of second broods. There was few predation. About two hundred young northern wheatears fledged in 2019, double the usual number.

Probable causes of these good result are conservation measures. And drought killing much grass, as wheatears don’t like dense grass.


New spoonbill nesting colony on Texel island

This is a Eurasian spoonbill video.

Wildlife warden Anna Sprenkeling on Texel island in the Netherlands reports today that this spring, there is a new Eurasian spoonbill nesting colony in the Slufter nature reserve.

There were already three Texel spoonbill colonies: the Muy, the Schorren and the Geul.

In the 1980s there were just about 100 spoonbill couples in all of the Netherlands. That has now increased to about 2500.

So far, 16 nests have been counted in the Slufter; 27 in the Muy; and 378 in the Geul. Very probably, more birds will still start nesting.

Eight new bug species discovered on Texel

This November 2018 video says about itself:

This video is exploring the general characteristics of the insect order Hemiptera.

The blog of wildlife warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands reports today (translated):

Bug researchers Dik Hermes and Berend Aukema have found eight bug species new for Texel in 2018, four of which are also new for the Wadden Sea area. Meanwhile, 342 of the 641 bug species known from the Netherlands are also known from Texel.

Oil slick victim guillemots cleansed

This 18 December 2018 video is from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands. Then, over twenty guillemots had been brought to the museum. The birds had become victims of an oil slick.

The video shows washing the guillemots; to clean their feathers and make it possible to free the birds again.