This video shows a great crested grebe in winter plumage, bathing in an ice hole in the Netherlands.
See also here.
DIGGING OUT AFTER THE STORM The East Coast began the dig out process Sunday after massive blizzard Jonas paralyzed the region with several feet of snow over the weekend. At least 29 people died in the severe weather, and over 12,000 flights were canceled since Friday. And here’s what “Snowzilla” looked like from space. [Reuters]
A strong winter storm system (named “Winter Storm Jonas”) moved through the eastern United States over the weekend, burying major cities and towns from the Carolinas to New York under record-setting amounts of snow. So far, 27 people have been confirmed dead from car crashes, hypothermia and other tragedies that would have been prevented had there been fully funded safety response programs and a safe transportation infrastructure: here.
The death toll from last weekend’s blizzard in the eastern United States climbed to 49 on Wednesday, according to the latest press reports, as the region struggles to bring its decaying infrastructure, devastated by repeated budget cuts, to something like working order: here.
We went there again on 16 January 2016. The video shows Duivenvoorde in summer. However, we went there on a wintry and windy day. Often sun, sometimes a hailstorm.
Near the entrance, coots swimming.
A buzzard calls.
Blackbirds and a redwing on a meadow.
A robin on a bush.
Under a big tree, dozens of earthstars.
Near the entrance of De Horsten, coral spot fungi on a fallen tree.
And a group of siskins in woodland.
This 2014 video is called 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:
The 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count is February 12–15. GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds online and to display results in near real-time. Since it started 18 years ago, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the 4-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the winter distribution and abundance of birds.
In 2015, GBBC participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds on more than 147,000 checklists! See the full 2015 summary.