This is a May 2014 greenfinch video from Sweden.
A bit further, yellowhammer sound.
Bats flying in the garden during the evening.
The next day, 6 May, we arrived at Winterswijk railway station. Swifts flying and calling, recently returned from Africa.
This is a swift video.
Again, like on the day we had arrived, we boarded the train called after painter Piet Mondriaan.
The last bird we saw in Winterswijk was a northern lapwing.
This video from Latvia is about a golden oriole nest. It shows the young birds, fed by their father.
On the day after 3 May 2017 in Winterswijk, 4 May, we went north from Winterswijk. Near a lake we heard a male golden oriole sing. Probably, he had just returned from Africa, and had survived illegal hunters in Malta and elsewhere on his spring migration.
We arrived at Zwillbrocker Venn nature reserve, on the Dutch-German border.
A curlew calls.
How a flamingo balances on one leg: here.
Tufted ducks swimming.
Then, we arrived at a hide. A better view of the black-headed gulls and flamingos.
A male shoveler duck swimming past.
Also, many gadwall ducks.
Near a second hide was a great cormorant nesting colony.
Chilean flamingos in Roegwold nature reserve, Groningen: here.
This blog has mentioned already the fish pass at the old Berenschot water mill near Winterswijk. From 3 May 2017, the day after 2 May in Winterswijk, is this photo of another fish pass in the Slinge river, a bit further downstream.
Before this fish ladder was made, there was a 80 centimeter high rapid here. Impossible to pass for fish, except maybe salmon. The new fish ladder consists of eight 10 centimeter high steps; with space in between them for fish to rest to ‘climb’ the next step. This helps at least five fish species which are quite rare in the Netherlands: chub; brook lamprey; burbot; dace; and ide.
A nuthatch calls.
White nettle flowers.
Cow parsley flowering along a cycling track near the Slinge.
A blue tit.
A male and a female buzzard in mating flight.
A northern lapwing.
An orange tip butterfly male
A peacock butterfly.
A bit later, a bit more to the south, a partly woodland, partly farmland area.
Including a small stream.
A song thrush sings.
So does a yellowhammer.
Four roe deer in a meadow.
A wren sings on a tree stump.
Many dandelion flowers in a meadow.
This photo from the small lakes north of the Wooldse veen nature reserve shows moss plants. Some people would call this ‘flowering’ moss. However, mosses are ‘primitive’ plants, which have no seeds or flowers, but spores.
The photo is from 2 May 2017; two days after 30 April 2017 in Winterswijk.
Near the farm, the tulips still flowering.
A buzzard flies.
Great spotted woodpecker and green woodpecker sounds.
A whitethroat sings near the Oude Borkense baan bridge.
In the afternoon, we went to the Wooldse veen.
Willow warbler, chiffchaff, cuckoo sounds.
On the boardwalk, a big spider: a raft spider.
A tree pipit flying and singing.
A male stonechat on a shrub.
Two goldfinches in a tree.
As we go back, we arrive at the two small lakes.
In the northern lake, a female tufted duck.
At the southern lake: a grey heron. Barn swallows flying.
The two Egyptian geese come back; still much in love with each other.
Two starlings bathing.
FC Trias got its name because it is a fusion of three earlier clubs.
However, the club grounds are also not far from the Winterswijk quarry. Where muschelkalk stone from the Triassic, over 200 million years ago, is mined. The Triassic got its name from its three distinct rock layers. The Dutch word for Triassic is Trias. In the Winterswijk quarry, recently, a Triassic beetle was discovered; and,earlier, Triassic marine reptiles.
A female redstart was present as well.
Earlier, a rook had tried to drive away a flying buzzard; while a barn swallow flew past the two bigger birds.
A brimstone butterfly.
A blackbird sings.
A blue tit.
Green woodpecker sound.
A singing whitethroat.
A cuckoo calls.
A blackbird sings.
A moth lands on cottongrass.
We arrive at the German border.
A German signs warns this is hazardous moorland; only accessible outside the birds’ breeding season.
There is a lookout tower, with a bilingual Dutch and German sign.
We continued on the boardwalk.
And saw more cottongrass.
And more young willow and birch trees.
After leaving the Wooldse veen, we go north.
East of the Harkel Wassinkweg road are two small lakes.
On a bank, an Egyptian geese couple, very much in love.
Also, two northern lapwings. Mallards.
On another bank, a little ringed plover.
A little grebe swims.
A brimstone butterfly flies.
In the garden, a great tit.
Along the Slingeweg road, lilac flowers.
A dunnock along the road.
Near the Borkense baan bridge, this time no grey wagtails; but the blackcap of the photo at the top of this blog post was present.
This 2007 video is about amateur geologists collecting rocks in the quarry of Winterswijk, the Netherlands.
What is now Winterswijk was then a coastal area.
In 1932, a local businessman started the quarry. Regularly, there were excursions by geologists and paleontologists, to find ancient rocks and ancient fossils.
Now, Belgian multinational corporation Sibelco owns the quarry. The local geological society is no longer admitted for excursions.
After 26 April 2017 in Winterswijk, we went to the quarry on 27 April 2017.
Before we arrived, an orange tip butterfly.
There is a short footpath to a part of the quarry where there is no commercial quarrying; and where an eagle owl couple, rare birds in the Netherlands, nests.
This video says about itself:
Eagle owl Winterswijk 01/06/2016
9 September 2016
These young, almost fully grown eagle owls showed well at the old quarry in Winterswijk, The Netherlands. They were quite active in broad daylight. At the end of the movie one of the chicks takes on a beautiful “defending my territory” pose to scare off a common buzzard.
A bit further: a chiffchaff singing. A buzzard flies.