Orchid flowers of Vlieland island, Europe’s earliest


Lesser Twayblade orchid, Neottia cordata

This is a photo of a Lesser wayblade orchid, Neottia cordata, from the Isle of Man.

Translated from the Dutch botanists of Werkgroep Europese Orchideeën:

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Last weekend, two members of the Working Group on European Orchids (WEO) found on Vlieland the first flowering specimens of the Neottia cordata orchid. After a literature review it turned out that nowhere in Europe the species blooms as early as on the Dutch Wadden Sea islands Vlieland and Terschelling.

Red fox eats hazelnuts, video


This is a video about a red fox feeding on hazelnuts in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Walter Debloudts made the video.

Red fox on Vlieland island: here.

Rare lichen discovery on Vlieland island


This video says about itself:

Lichen are one of the most undervalued organisms on the face of the planet. Watch this video to find out why.

Warden Anke Bruin from Vlieland island in the Netherlands reports about the discovery of a rare lichen on two sand dune spots in July this year.

It is Cladonia verticillata. This species had never been seen before on the Dutch Wadden Sea islands.

Rare dusky warbler on Vlieland island


This video, recorded in China, is called Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus).

Today, a dusky warbler was caught, ringed and released at the bird ringing station on Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

Dusky warblers are rare in the Netherlands. They usually nest in east Asia and winter in southeast Asia.

Birds counted on Vlieland island


This video says about itself:

15 October 2012

The first Caspian Stonechat for the Netherlands was discovered one week ago on Vlieland. It is a subspecies of the Siberian Stonechat, but is a candidate for reaching full species status. Whatever the status, it is a distinct and beautiful bird. The bird was in no rush to leave. We decided to give it a try and booked a ferry trip to Vlieland before continuing our birding weekend on Texel. Despite rainy conditions, we had perfect views of this nice bird. Especially the display of the raised and fully spread tail was a great sight.

Warden Carl Zuhorn on Vlieland island in the Netherlands reports on counting birds on 13 September 2014.

There were then almost 280,000 birds on Vlieland.

Including 98,000 dunlin, 76,000 bar-tailed godwit, and 24,000 red knot.

Other observations:

Two red-footed falcons, two ospreys, one red-necked phalarope, two little egrets and all over the island hundreds of northern wheatears.

Vlieland island and its wildlife, video


This video is about Vlieland island in the Netherlands and its wildlife; like shorebirds at the mudflats, and edible frogs.

New bee species discovered on Vlieland island


This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

27 August 2013

Follow University of Wisconsin-Madison Entomologist Claudio Gratton as he studies native bees and their habitats in search of new options for pollinating plants.

Learn more in our related QUEST article.

Warden Arden Bruin reports about discoveries by entomologist Arie Koster about bees on Vlieland island.

After 1980, over forty wild bee species have been seen on Vlieland. Probably there are more, as there has not been that much research.

This year, two species, new for the island, were seen in 2014: European wool carder bee and Hylaeus hyalinatus.

Unfortunately, the moss carder bee was not seen this year, though it had been seen in earlier years.