Ruff: a rare breeder in the Netherlands!

Ruff was formerly a characteristic breeding bird of open, wet and extensively used grasslands. But due to agricultural intensification and drainage the breeding population collapsed in 1970 – 2000. Yearly 15 – 30 breeding pairs in special areas. (Sovon Vogelonderzoek Nederland 2018, Vogelatlas van Nederland.) The posted ruffs are most likely passing birds on their […]

Six tits.

The great tit (in Dutch: koolmees) is the most common tit in the Netherlands. 375 -625.000 breeding pairs; in winter 1-2 million specimen. Second best in amount in the Netherlands is the blue tit (in Dutch: pimpelmees). Breeding pairs 250-400.000; in winter 500.000 – 2 million specimen. Less common in the Netherlands is the longtailed […]

The big disaster of Wagejot.

Wagejot is an important breeding area on the Isle of Texel in the Netherlands. Mid June the national newspapers reported alarming tidings of thousands of sandwich terns dying as consequence of an explosion of bird influenza. All over the Isle you could find dead sandwich terns and different types of seagulls. Watch the dead juvenile […]