Young cuckoo in reed warbler nest, video


This 9 June 2017 video shows a reed warbler nest in the Netherlands where a young cuckoo hatched recently. The nest is on webcam.

In this article, Anne Kwak tells how he in 2016 ringed a young cuckoo in another reed warbler nest, along the Slinge river near Winterswijk in the Netherlands.

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Yellowhammer, bats and swifts


This is a May 2014 greenfinch video from Sweden.

After 5 May 2017 came 6 May: our last full day in Winterswijk. Then, we heard greenfinch sound.

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.

Golden oriole, flamingos in Winterswijk and Germany


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.

Zwillbrocker Venn, 4 May 2017

A curlew calls.

We arrived at the lookout tower near the lake. Thousands of black-headed gulls. A few Mediterranean gulls nest here too, but we could not find them.

Scores of flamingos. Many Chilean flamingos; also greater flamingos and Caribbean flamingos. Mainly offspring of feral birds, they nest here, and winter mainly in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

How a flamingo balances on one leg: here.

Tufted ducks swimming.

On the other side of the tower, a brimstone butterfly, and a singing tree pipit.

Flamingos and black-headed gulls, 4 May 2017

Then, we arrived at a hide. A better view of the black-headed gulls and flamingos.

Flamingos and black-headed gulls, on 4 May 2017

A male shoveler duck swimming past.

Also, many gadwall ducks.

Flamingos, black-headed gulls, gadwall and shoveler ducks, 4 May 2017

Near a second hide was a great cormorant nesting colony.

Birds, fish, flowers in Winterswijk


Fish ladder, 3 May 2017

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.

Not far from the Berenschot water-mill is an important spawning ground for these species, which they can reach now. Besides fish, also, eg, water beetles and snails use the pass.

A nuthatch calls.

Ground-ivy flowers.

White nettle flowers.

Cow parsley, 3 May 2017

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.

Woodland, 3 May 2017

A bit later, a bit more to the south, a partly woodland, partly farmland area.

Stream, 3 May 2017

Including a small stream.

Trees, 3 May 2017

A song thrush sings.

Farm, 3 May 2015

So does a yellowhammer.

Four roe deer in a meadow.

A wren sings on a tree stump.

Dandelions, 3 May 2017

Many dandelion flowers in a meadow.

Moss ‘flowers’ and Egyptian geese in love


Moss, 2 May 2017

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.

Earlier that day, we had heard a chiffchaff, a blackbird, a song thrush and a pheasant.

Near the farm, the tulips still flowering.

A buzzard flies.

In the Buskersbos, ragged-robin flowers.

A large earth bumblebee on a white nettle flower.

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.

Moss, on 2 May 2017

In the northern lake, a female tufted duck.

At the southern lake: a grey heron. Barn swallows flying.

Egyptian geese, 2 May 2017

The two Egyptian geese come back; still much in love with each other.

Two starlings bathing.

‘Paleontological’ football club in Winterswijk


This 18 August 2015 video is about a match in the Dutch football cup competition between two clubs from Winterswijk: FC Winterswijk and FC Trias.

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.

Garden birds in Winterswijk


Redstart male, 30 April 2017

This photo shows a redstart male, on the day after 29 April, so on 30 April 2017, in the garden in Winterswijk.

Redstart female, 30 April 2017

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.

Starling, 30 April 2017

A starling.

A brimstone butterfly.

Long-tailed tit, 30 April 2017

A long-tailed tit.

A blackbird sings.

Blue tit, 30 April 2017

A blue tit.