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BREEDING SEASON EXCLUSIONS.

As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Back on Wader Watch, Fly Flatts

               More Common Sandpiper pics Im afraid


 Odd combination. Common Sand and Reed Bunting
                                Herring gulls












 The main purpose of the visit. To get some Nyjer seed down.

                              The Twite feeding station area

1630 hrs and back to Fly Flatts to get 2 bags of Nyjer seed down ready for me to check on in the morning. The wind was increasing to S>5 with strong winds forecast for tomorrow coming from the east which may blow us some goodies in.
                                                                 This evenings birds were much the same as yesterday with a count of 8 Common Sandpiper, 6 Wheatear and a single male Reed Bunting + the usual species but the bird of the night was 9 Herring gulls ranging from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year with no adults. The gulls kept flying around and landing on the water at the northern end before eventually heading off >W.
                                                                 Plenty Swallows moving >N but no Swift as yet although they are starting to show around the Barden area now.
BS

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fly Flatts Reservoir. pm visit

                 1 of 9 Common Sandpipers




                         female Pied Wagtail
               Common Sandpiper posing
  Stoodley Pike with a hang glider attack in the mist
                      Stonking male Wheatear




                                       more Common Sands




Fly Flatts  1630-1730 hrs. Good visibility, grey cloud cover W>4.
 With Whimbrel movement beginning its spring peak and a single bird recorded by AC this morning I thought if any were down Fly Flatts would be a good bet . Although there were several Curlews on the east banking a good check with the scope failed to provide any Whimbrel.
                                                   Walking from the south shore along the west bank as far as the feeding station brought a count of 9 Common Sandpiper, 3 distant Redshank ,towards the north end ,and 2 Oystercatchers. The embankment held 7 Wheatear whilst on the water were 4 LBB gulls and 1 ad Herring ,again at the north end.
                                                      The beach near the club house is at present the favourite area for the Common Sand with a shortage of shore line although the water level has dropped recently. A pair of Reed Buntings were in the previous Gropper area.
I have now resumed putting Nyger seed at the round tower feeding station in a hope to attract post breeding or juv Twite back to the area over the summer.

1f Pied Wagtail
1 ad Herring gull
4 Lesser Black Backed gull
1pr Reed Bunting
9 Common Sandpiper
3 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
7 Wheatear
5 Curlew
+ usual sp.
BS


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ogden, p.m.

                                                                     Jay

                                         3 LBB gulls present
 This female Mallard with 2 chicks seemed very
distressed being harassed by several drakes.

                        Willow Warblers were in good  voice



           Drakes lncluding the Tufted around the female
   3 LBBs with an eye on the ducklings

 The resident Tufted has gone for the easy life
           taking bread.
                       
                      Male Bullfinch after the new buds.


1500 hrs at Ogden in a W>4 and a noticeable rise in temperature , sunshine and showers.
                                                                                    Several Willow Warblers up in full song but no sign of any other migrants as yet. Most of the female Mallard are now absent with just the drakes left and harassing the 2 or 3 remaining females, 2 of which have ducklings. Most of the first batch of duckling are missing but not surprisingly with Lesser Black Backed gulls, Heron and Carrion Crows on the prowl.
A single male Bullfinch was present with possibly the female at nest.
                                                                    2 herring gull headed over >W along with 3 Curlew, otherwise just the usual sp. with no sign of the previous Common Sandpiper.
1 pair of Wheatear and a Kestrel were near the Ned Hill track.
BS