Kingfisher and fungi

Black bulgar fungus

22 November 2015 was a rather cold day, with every now and then rain or hail. We went to the Duivenvoorde and Horsten estates. On a pile of logs on Duivenvoorde, there was this Black bulgar fungus.

Black bulgar fungus on log

A robin sat on the logs as well.

A hare ran away. A wigeon flock flying overhead.

Two great egrets flying over a meadow.

Hawthorn berries

Hawthorn berries on a tree.

A bit further, fieldfares and redwings in treetops. And a big starling flock.

In the Horsten, coal fungus growing on an old tree stump.

On a meadow, many gray lag geese and great white-fronted geese.

Trees in De Horsten

And trees in the woodland …

Horsten trees


… with many raindrops on their branches because of today’s weather.

Jelly fungus

Jelly fungus on a tree branch; a species better at surviving winter than most other fungi.

As we go back to Duivenvoorde, a kingfisher sits on a big tree stump along a canal.

Some fly agaric fungi; rare in this region.

Fungi of Dutch dikes: here.

First winter snow at International Wolf Center

This video from Minnesota in the USA says about itself:

International Wolf Center – First Snow of Winter – 20 November 2015

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

Smooth snake starts hibernation, video

In autumn, smooth snakes in the Netherlands start their hibernation. Like this individual, near Ede in Gelderland province, crawling into a hole in the ground.

Michael de Vries made this video.

Hedgehogs prepare for winter, video

This Dutch video is about hedgehogs preparing for winter. They feed on worms, centipedes, insects, etc. among the fallen autumn leaves, in order to be well fed enough for hibernation.

Fieldfare feeds on apple in the snow, video

This video is about a fieldfare feeding on an apple in the snow in the Netherlands.

Michael de Vries made the video.

North American animals in winter

This video from the USA says about itself:

Black-Capped Chickadee Calls and Sounds – Fee Bee Call, Chicka Dee Dee Dee Call and a couple of others

An amiable sight to behold at winter backyard feeders, chickadees are a delight to watch as they fly with their happy, bouncy flight back and forth to feeders collecting seeds to eat elsewhere or to hoard away for later feeding. But most delightful of all is hearing their “chicka dee dee dee” call, in the quiet and desolate feeling dead of winter their call stands out and begs to be heard, like a song of promise for bright sunny days to come.

The black-capped chickadee may be the most incredible of all winter survivors. These little birds have evolved an unusual means of saving energy and coping with cold weather—they actually lower their body temperature! Click here to get the story of how a tiny bird is able to keep the elements at bay.

It’s been a cold winter across the US and many of us are struggling to stay warm. Animals have special adaptations to survive the cold. There’s a lot we can learn from Arctic Foxes, Ptarmigans and even Polar Bears. Read on to find out how YOU can stay warm too.

When winter arrives in the Arctic, the Wood Frog responds accordingly. That is, it freezes and becomes, basically, a frog-shaped Popsicle. But when spring arrives, an interesting thing happens: the frog thaws and is soon hopping, croaking, mating—enjoying all the amphibian pleasures life has to offer. How is this possible? Read on to learn more about this deep frozen frog.

Bears have an interesting problem as they hibernate through the winter. Where and when to go to the bathroom? As with many such quandaries, nature has evolved a clever solution to a potentially messy problem. Read onto get the scoop.

Do you know how animals cope with winter’s severe conditions? Test your winter wildlife knowledge by taking the quiz.