Special beetle discovered on Texel island


This 2009 video from Slovakia is called Buprestis (Ancylocheira) novemmaculata novemmaculata, Linnaeus, 1767.

Warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands reports today:

At the work shed of Staatsbosbeheer on Texel the jewel beetle Buprestis novemmaculata was found. Until now, this beetle was only known in the Netherlands from the Bergen and Schoorl dune forest, the first sighting there was in 1997. …

Presumably the closest natural population can be found in Alsace

in France.

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Beewolf colony on Texel island


Beewolf digging hole in Slufter nature reserve on Texel, photo by warden Huib Koel

Warden Charlotte Biskop on Texel island in the Netherlands reported on 1 August 2018 that her colleagues had found a colony of at least 30 European beewolf wasp nests in the local Slufter nature reserve.

Grey seals freed after reconvalescence


This 30 May 2018 video from Texel island in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Five seals from our [Ecomare museum] shelter were able to return to the sea today! Among them were the two seals that had ended up in the shelter because they had become entangled in pieces of fishing nets. Co and Lenja, and the other three gray seals Monster, Brechje and Funny are now strong and healthy enough to be able to continue independently. The seals almost went into the water at the same time … a new future. Read more about it here.

King eider visits Texel island


This picture shows a king eider duck at Texel island in the Netherlands. It is the sixth time ever that this mostly Arctic species visits Texel.

See also here.

Texel wildlife in spring 2018: here.

First spoonbill returns to Texel island nesting colony


This April 2013 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Eurasian Spoonbills brooding on their nests on the island Texel. Some of the birds are sitting on their nests, some of them are standing on them.

The video shows the spoonbill colony at the Schorren, one of several colonies on Texel.

Warden Charlotte Biskop of Texel reports today that the first spoonbill has returned this week to its nesting colony from spring migration.

The beginning of the 2018 Texel spoonbill nesting season!

See also here.

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.

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.