Dutch medieval counts ate swans and godwits

This video shows black-tailed godwits and marsh sandpipers.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heron bones, skeletons and child soldier‘s button lay bare Counts’ Courtyard

Today, 16:29

When the counts and countesses [of the medieval county Holland] of the house ‘Die Haghe’ – the current Binnenhof – ate, swans, herons and black-tailed godwits were on the menu. Already in the 12th century there was skating on the Hofvijver. And right next to the existing tram line #1 Stadtholder Prince Maurice in 1620 had a pleasure garden built to find relaxation behind a brick wall with his mistresses.

These are just some suggestive facts from the book Het grafelijke en stadhouderlijke hof Den Haag [The counts’ and stadtholders‘ court in The Hague], which was presented today. The archeology department in The Hague has summarized 300 years of archaeological excavations and that gives a very detailed picture of life around the historic Courtyard, where Count Floris IV about 1230 founded the court Die Haghe. …

One of the most beautiful discoveries according to [archaeologist] Van Veen is a cuff button of a child soldier from the time of [King of Holland, 1806-1810] Louis Bonaparte. Around 1806 boys of about nine years were taken from the orphanages to fight. On the Malieveld field they were taught to handle weapons.

Racist football hooligans in Dutch The Hague

Riechedly Bazoer

This photo shows Dutch Ajax football club player Riechedly Bazoer. Riechedly Bazoer was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands. His parents came from Curaçao island in the Caribbean.

On 17 January 2016 in The Hague, Ajax played against ADO The Hague.

A minority of ADO The Hague fans are extreme right hooligans. They refer to themselves as ‘north side [bleachers] nazis’. They are anti-Semitic.

Whenever Riechedly Bazoer played the ball during the match, the self-styled nazis made ‘monkey-like’ noises, sang about bananas, and shouted that Mr Bazoer’s mother was supposedly a whore.

The Dutch public prosecution service will investigate whether any of the racists will be prosecuted.

Loon catches crayfish in The Hague, video

This 12 January video shows the common loon in The Hague, the Netherlands, which has caught an, originally North American, crayfish.

The bird is still present today.

Loon in The Hague city, video

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

10 January 2016

Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer) in the urban waters of Binckhorst (Den Haag, Netherlands). The bird showed beautifully from close by, up to 2 meters, and was foraging on exotic [originally, North American] crayfish (as seen in this movie). The bird sometimes stayed under water for up to a minute.

Photos of this The Hague loon are here.

Common loon in Dutch The Hague city center

This is a common loon video from Lake Ontario in Canada.

Today, a common loon swims in a canal in the Laakkwartier neighbourhood in The Hague city in The Netherlands.

This species is rare in the Netherlands. It is a young bird, in its first winter.

Robin sings in Dutch The Hague

This video shows a robin, singing in Ockenburgh woodland in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Erik Neuteboom made this video.

Rare mushroom discovery in The Hague city park

Haasiella venustissima, photo by Ivan Lietavec

Translated from the Dutch Mycological Society:

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

As was not known until now, in the beginning of this year the extremely rare Haasiella venustissima fungus was discovered in a messy sand dune valley in the Westduinpark in The Hague. After initially they had disappeared in situ, they came back in early October in the same place and are still there. In the Netherlands Haasiella venustissima is known from only four locations.