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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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Remembering the summer

                                    Plenty Willow Warblers about




                                  Stonechats bred well

                                        Whitethroat
                                       Juv Wheatear
                                   Juv Common Sandpiper
                                Breeding success for Whitethroat
             Unusually a Willow Warbler was at Fly Flatts
                                     Linnet on the Hill
                    Passing Soil Hill waders   Dunlin
                                         Ringed Plover
                                       An elusive Whinchat
                                      A good year for Stonechat.

Just summat to look at on a cold wet and windy Halloween.

Only thing of interest today was a report from a local customer saying one of the Tawny Owls from the summer has returned to his garden. Will try for a pic or two at the weekend.
BS

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Some to remember

                                  A cracking sunrise but short lived.

A bright red sunrise this morning but rapidly deteriorating leaving a day of rain and drizzle.
Nothing reportable but good news from Soil Hill where the weekends Twite sightings of 3 birds has now increased to 10. KM. ( BOG.)

Pics below taken by me are just a few of the better birds seen locally over the last 10 months.

                          JAN  Snow Bunting, Soil Hill
                      FEB       Goldeneye   Ogden
              MARCH     Crossbill  Back Lane, Ogden
                    APRIL    Twite, Fly Flatts
                     MAY  Wheatear, Tracys Field     TC
                                 JUNE  Golden Plover,  Fly Flatts
                JULY Shoveler,  Ogden  NK
                  AUG   Common Tern,  Ogden
         SEPT   Yellow Browed Warbler Ogden  DS
                    OCT   Twite  Soil Hill

Theres been plenty more but these are just a few of the monthly highlights.
BS











Monday, October 29, 2012

Queensbury Today

                                   Sun rising above the garage

                                            Early light, Victoria Hall
                                              Starlings on the move
Photos from work Saturday morning.

A foggy start today but soon clearing leaving good cloudy skies but outbreaks of drizzle and rain.
On the way to work this morning Redwings were coming over low in the fog but these were not new arrivals but post roosting birds.
Foxhill midday was void of small gulls but a steady flow of LBBs was taking place overhead >W whilst 2 Fieldfare came from the trees and headed off >NW.
Nothing else of interest  but there is an increased number of feeding Starlings around the village.
BS

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fly Flatts washout

                                      Winter Thrushes >NW

                                         Mainly Fieldfare
                                   Fog over the Nab
                                   Fog creeping over the moor

The extra hour of daylight was wasted this morning with dense fog and heavy rain to start with followed by heavy horizontal drizzle blown across the moor with a WNW>6. The fog kept lifting slightly only to be followed by another bank and by 0900hrs it was back to heavy rain and thick fog so time to abandon.
The morning would have been lively with several flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing over >NW along with squadrons of moving Starlings also >NW , some keeping low under the cloud base.
The water was empty apart from 1 Canada goose and again no Twite were present.
The Chaffinch flock by the Delvers is increasing so hopefully Bramblings will appear if we can get them out of Denises garden.
Busy day so the light may be fading before I get chance for a teatime session.
BS

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Altwite on the night. Qby, north and south.


                 Twite, a welcome visitor to Soil Hill


                                         
              Theres always a blade of grass or a twig.

                              Small number of Goldfinch there.

                                   100+ Lapwing flock, Brighouse Rd

                                   Lappies and Starlings
                                    Green Lane Jackdaw
                              Little Owl hiding on the deck.

1530 hours and down to Tracys Wheatear field where there was 100+ Lapwings and c200 Starling but no Goldies or Fieldfare in any of the fields. Took plenty snaps then headed on to Corporal Hill where I discovered Id knocked the camera setting so back to the Lapwings to take them all again, what a dipstick.
Green Lane was quiet apart from 1 Little Owl which I nearly overlooked as it was near the ground, otherwise a few small gulls and the usual corvids.
On to Soil Hill where the skies were quiet apart from passing small gulls  and a zig zag trek along the north slope for Jack Snipe proved fruitless although I did flush a cock Pheasant which flew from nearly under my boot scaring the life out of me.
After snapping Goldfinches on the seed tops I saw 4 LBJs which quickly disappeared into the vegetation but spooked me as they acted strange, if they had been Linnets or Mipits they would have flown off.
My first thought was Snow Buntings but after 30 mins search I re located them and found 1 to be a juv Goldfinch and the other 3 Twite which is a good bird for the hill but Id rather have had Snow Bunts.
Clocks back tonight which means an extra hour in bed for normal folk but an extra hour daylight in the morning for early birders.
BS