Sand martins nesting on Texel island

This video says about itself:

10 December 2015

Weekend, Dutch island Texel with stormy weather, Herring Gull, Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, Turnstone, Pheasant, Brent Goose and Buzzard.

Today, warden Erik van der Spek reports there is a sand martin colony of fifteen nests in the Slufter nature reserve on Texel island .

That is more nests than last year in the Slufter.

Rare ant, first time on Texel island

Temnothorax albipennis, photo © 2017 California Academy of Sciences

This photo, by the California Academy of Sciences, shows a Temnothorax albipennis ant.

This species is rare in the Netherlands. It lives only in the west coast sand dunes, from Voorne to the Zwanenwater nature reserve.

Warden Erik van der Spek reports today that he found a Temnothorax albipennis ant in the Westerduinen sand dunes of Texel last summer. This is a first for the island, and also a first for anywhere north of Zwanenwater. It was a winged female.

New bee species discovered on Texel island

This is a Barbut’s cuckoo-bee video.

Warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands writes today that three bee species, new for the island, have been found this year.

Also, one species, the brown-banded carder bee, which had disappeared from Texel since the 1930s, returned in 2016.

This means that out of 357 bee species living in the Netherlands, 141 live on Texel. Six species have disappeared as far as Texel’s history is known, four of which have disappeared from the Netherlands as a whole.

The three new species of 2016 are: Andrena synadelpha; Andrena bimaculata, and the Barbut’s cuckoo-bee.

Baby oystercatcher video

This video is about baby oystercatchers and their parent.

A. G. Hols made this video in June 2016 on Texel island in the Netherlands.

Kentish plovers back on Texel island

This video is called Kentish Plover “Plumage Cleaning” (Charadrius alexandrinus).

On 1 August 2016, BirdLife in the Netherlands wrote that for the first time since 2009, Kentish plovers have nested on Texel island.

They were two couples: one on the Hors in the south, among little tern nests. And one in the north, on the beach near De Cocksdorp, close to ringed plovers.

Maybe they were originally from Vlieland, where this rare species still nests on the Vliehors sandy plain.

Oldest oystercatcher ever in the Netherlands

This video shows an oystercatcher in Norway.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

On the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam a birder this week has spotted an oystercatcher that is at least 46 years old. Never before has such an old oystercatcher been seen in the Netherlands, reports Sovon bird research in the Netherlands.

The animal was ringed on Texel on March 3, 1972 when it was at least two years old. The previous record was 43 years. Oystercatchers rarely get older than 20 years.

Incidentally, things are not well with this bird species in the Netherlands. Since 1990, the number of oystercatchers has decreased by 65 percent. …

This year, according to Sovon, there are 40,000 to 70,000 breeding pairs.

Mammoth bone found on Texel island beach

The mammoth bone and its discoverers, with a woolly rhino model in the background, photo Ecomare museum

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Family finds mammoth bone during holiday on Texel

Today, 12:42

A family from Gouda found a mammoth bone tens of thousands of years old during a walk on the beach of Texel. Arieke Visscher and her daughters Francine and Ruth made the discovery at beach post 28, the regional broadcasting organisation NH writes.

Mother Arieke thought almost immediately that it was a mammoth bone. Her grandfather was a fisherman and fished these bones from the sea.


A curator of Ecomare museum established that it was indeed a mammoth bone. Presumably it is a piece of a fibula. The bone is from the last ice age, about 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.

The bones of mammoths are still found at the bottom of the sea. The bones end up on the beach and North Sea sand is used for widening the beach. The discovery on the island, according to Ecomare therefore is “not very special, but still very nice.”