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.

Atracting blue tits, great tits to your garden


This 18 February 2015 from BirdLife in the Netherlands is about attracting birds like great tits and blue tits to one’s garden.

Seed dropped by the tits may attract birds like greenfinchers, chaffinches and house sparrows.

See also here.

Fieldfare catches fish from frozen pond, video


This video shows a fieldfare, catching a fish (I think a stickleback) on a frozen pond in the Netherlands.

Fieldfares are best known for feeding on berries; however, they are omnivorous.

Rien Kors, the maker of this video, had never seen a fieldfare catch a fish.

Sticklebacks have spines, so they are not really easy to eat.

Little grebe and harbour porpoise in the rain


This is a ruddy turnstone video from the jetty of IJmuiden, the Netherlands. The video is from 2011, when it apparently was good weather. Unfortunately, we would find out such is not always the case …

On the morning of 21 February 2015, to the jetty of IJmuiden.

Before the arrival at the railway station, dunnock and song thrush singing.

Near the station, a ring-necked parakeet flying, calling.

In the harbour of IJmuiden, a little grebe, diving repeatedly.

Rain. Very much rain.

On a quay, turnstones and herring gulls of various ages.

In spite of the rain, we continued to the jetty. Great cormorants. A flock of brent geese flying.

There, another little grebe swam, which eventually managed to catch a small fish.

Near a great crested grebe, people saw a harbour porpoise surfacing a few times.

We continued. Oystercatchers. Mallards near the land wash.

A rock pipit flying nervously from jetty rock to jetty rock.

Then, the rain became too much. Glasses wet, binoculars wet, everything wet.

Still, we did not regret going there.

Hawfinch and siskins feeding, video


This is a video about a male hawfinch, and siskins (and, briefly, a male chaffinch) feeding.

mdevriesmj in the Netherlands made the video.