First peregrine falcon nest on Vlieland island

This video says about itself:

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) at beach, timid about taking a bath

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) at the beach tentatively approaches the water and comes back out before finally deciding to bathe.

Peter de Boer (of Dutch Sovon bird research) and Dutch Vlieland warden Carl Zuhorn write today of the first time ever, as far as is known, that a peregrine falcon couple has nested on the island. This species is still rather rare in the Netherlands: about 150 couples.

The nest is on the Vliehors sandy plain, in the west of Vlieland.

The couple started breeding about 10 May 2016 on the sandy ground. One young falcon, a female, hatched. Her mother had been ringed: she was born on 21 May 2010 on Trischen island in the German Wadden Sea.

The parents fed their daughter mainly carrier pigeons, starlings and waders. Remarkable that carrier pigeons were the main prey in this area with many waders.

On 1 July 2016, the young peregrine was ringed. She fledged on 18 July.

First great black-backed gull nest on Vlieland island

This June 2015 video is about a great black-backed gull couple nesting for the first time ever for this species on Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

Warden Anke Bruin-Kommerij writes today about this new nesting species for the island.

They nest in Kroon’s polders.

Great black-backed gulls started nesting regularly in the Netherlands in 1993. In 2014 there were some 60 nesting couples. They have nested on Texel, Terschelling, Ameland, Griend, and Rottumeroog islands, Zeeland province, along the IJsselmeer lake and in the Lauwersmeer national park.

Rare fungus discovered on Vlieland island

Microglossum rufescens

Translated from the Dutch Mycological Society:

Jan 13, 2016 – Due to the continuing mild weather until the end of December 2015 people could search for mushrooms. Also on Vlieland where an enthusiastic mushroom loving woman on Boxing Day on the road side along the road near the Kroonspolders found extremely rare earth tongues.


She was there looking for the rare olive earth tongue (Microglossum olivaceum), which had been found there in 2011. The earth tongues she saw now looked a bit like that species but were different. They had to be a different earth tongue species. Further identification by two mycologists found that it was Microglossum rufescens, a species that is extremely rare and does not even have a Dutch name. In November 2014 this species of earth tongue was first found in the Netherlands on an old graveyard in Zutphen. The discovery on Vlieland makes it the second site in the Netherlands.

Siberian peregrine falcon on Vlieland island

This 27 December video is by Carl Zuhorn, made in the Meeuwenduinen sand dune valley on Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

It shows a young individual of the North Asian subspecies of the peregine falcon species: Falco peregrinus calidus.

This subspecies is very rare in western Europe.

Unique fungus discovered on Vlieland island

Ramaria roellinni, photo by Leif Stridvall

Translated from the blog of Ms Anke Bruin, warden on Vlieland island in the Netherlands:

Rare mushroom found on Vlieland

November 26, 2015

Did you know that we have here on Vlieland two volunteers who work together on mushrooms in the sand dunes?

Sjoukje Mulder and Joost van Bommel delve for mushrooms and chart them in the coastal strip (the dunes next to the sea). Recently, on their way back, Sjoukje saw near Pad van 30

a cranberry field

a special mushroom. Initially it was registered on as strict-branch coral fungus. One expert thought he saw something else and after microscopic examination it turned out to be Ramaria roellinni. And that is very special: recently this mushroom was discovered as a new species for the Netherlands; and now also on Vlieland. There is no Dutch name for it yet.

Vlieland island, bye bye!

This video is about ringing a bluethroat and other birds on Vlieland island.

After 1 October came 2 October 2015, the day we left Vlieland.

Jackdaws and house sparrows near the harbour.

Richel sandbank, 2 October 2015

Our ferry to the continent passed the Richel sandbank. Many great cormorants, gulls and other birds resting there.

Richel, 2 October 2015

Behind the Richel, we could see Texel island.

Richel, on 2 October 2015

After the Richel, we passed the desert island Griend.

Harlingen, 2 October 2015

Then, we approached Harlingen harbour.

Harlingen causeway, 2 October 2015

Our ship passed the causeway, where many birds rested.

Harlingen causeway, on 2 October 2015

Harlingen causeway, still on 2 October 2015

Vlieland, bye bye!

Flowers and eider ducks of Vlieland island

Thrift, 1 October 2015

After the North Sea coast of Vlieland on 1 October 2015, we returned to the Wadden Sea coast. Where these flowers grew: thrift. Its name in Dutch is ‘Engels gras’, English grass.

English threepence coin

From 1937 till 1952, this plant was pictured on British threepence coins. Though, unlike in Dutch, in English its name has no connection to England.

Thrift near Wadden Sea, 1 October 2015

This photo shows the meadow with thrift flowers, close to the Wadden Sea.

Wadden Sea, 1 October 2015

And this photo shows the Wadden Sea itself.

Gradually, low tide started. Sand banks became bigger and bigger as the sea water receded. The sand banks attracted dunlin and other birds.

Eider duck males and female, Vlieland, 1 October 2015

Two young male eider ducks swam past. Then, they rested on a sandbank. A female eider came to join them.

Oystercatcher, eider duck males and female, Vlieland, 1 October 2015

An oystercatcher looked for food in the shallow water.

Curlew and redshank, Vlieland, 1 October 2015

So did a redshank and a curlew.

Eider duck male, Vlieland, 1 October 2015

Another young male eider swam past.

Redshank and black-headed gull, 1 October 2015

We had to leave. Around sunset, we went back to the Wadden Sea. Where we saw this redshank and this black-headed gull in winter plumage.