4 July 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Turnip Moth / Gewone velduil (Agrotis segetum)
Found this moth in the staircase at night.
Confirmation of the species (Agrotis segetum) is welcome. The alternative could be: Heart and Club / Geoogde worteluil (Agrotis clavis).
9 April 2011, Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, The Netherlands
Eurasian Jackdaw / Kauw (Corvus monedula). Very abundant bird in The Netherlands. Not spotting it should almost be mentioned instead of logging the observation ;-)
This afternoon in the meadows near Leiden in The Netherlands I saw a Eursian Spoonbill. I'm used to seeing birds from the stork and heron families. I've seen Spoonbills in Africa, but this was the first time I saw a Spoonbill in The Netherlands :-)
15 June 2011 - Utrecht, The Netherlands
European mole (Europese mol; Talpa europaea) found dead in a parking lot in the suburbs of Utrecht in The Netherlands. There is shrub and a park in the vicinity.
24 April 2011 - Meadows near Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Black-tailed Godwit / Grutto (Limosa limosa),
subspecies: European Black-tailed Godwit / Grutto ( Limosa limosa limosa.
In spring around 90% of European Black-tailed Godwits in North-western Europa are nesting in The Netherlands. In the 1990's there was a decline of 50% in the Black-tailed Godwit populations. Luckily some meadows are now protected areas in the brooding season. IUCN's Red List for endangered species now lists this species as Near Threatened.
Read the blog about this bird: http://wildlifespotting.blogspot.com/2011/04/black-tailed-godwit-in-netherlands.html
13 May 2011 - Cardinal beetle / Roodkopvuurkever (Pyrochroa serraticornis).
The insect is named Roodkopvuurkever in Dutch. Vuurhaantje is probably an unofficial name used at some places in The Netherlands. It's a Cardinal beetle. Scientific name Pyrochroa serraticornis. In English not to be confused with the other beetle that is named Cardinal beetle. Pyrochroa coccinea has a black head and is a bit more common than the red headed version I observed. There was a whole bunch of these beetles where I was strolling through the countryside near Leiden in The Netherlands. This is the season or month to spot Cardinal beetles!