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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, July 31, 2013
A reasonable day with good grey skies and light showers but deteriorated by late afternoon with heavy rain and thick fog up here in the gods.
Dog walking in Foxhill park at lunchtime was interesting with active skies giving it a taste of August.
Wagtails were on the move with 4 separate Pied closely followed by a Grey whilst 6 Linnet headed >S along with a few Goldfinch.
Black Headed gulls headed >E and >SE but no big gulls noted today.
Good to hear of more Yellow Legged Herring gulls and Med gulls in the area and a great record of Marsh Harrier at Leeshaw reservoir, KM, B.O.G.
Posted by Brian Sumner . at 7:43 PM
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The above photos were taken yesterday tea time when the storm was moving in. The last pic was 2100hrs with gulls moving towards their roost.
Gulls dominated the skies throughout today with still small numbers of Herring gulls >W whilst Commons, LBBs and BHGs moved over mainly >NW.
The first gulls were on Foxhill park today but so far only 5 Black Headed and no Commons.
A new bird on the feeders today with a Greenfinch present, a rare bird for here.
The local Sparrowhawk whipped through the garden this morning snatching a House Sparrow from the top of the Hawthorn bush whilst 2 Kestrels headed >N very high.
Raggalds flood this evening held 2ad +1 juv Pied Wagtail, 2 Black Headed gulls, 3 Lapwing and several Swallows, whilst the Shay field below Soil Hill held about 100 Black Headeds but no rareties amongst them.
Posted by Brian Sumner . at 8:06 PM
Monday, July 29, 2013
Waited after tea for the thunderstorm to pass over then harnessed up the dogs and off to Ogden at 1900hrs in the hope that something would have been dunked onto the water out of the stormy skies.
Dry and bright on arrival which lasted about 10 minutes then back to heavy rain and rumbling skies but ideal conditions for new arrivals.
About 40 BHGs were around the water along with the usual Canadas and Mallards, one of the Black Headeds having a red ring on its right leg but that was all I could make out in the conditions.
The long staying Common Sandpiper made a noisy appearance flying from west to east banking whilst 4 Herring gulls flew over >W.
No sign of ACs Gt Crested Grebe.
With 2 local reports of Yellow Legged Herring gull, ( BS, Hx birders,) several local sightings of Med gull, (BOG) , 2 Whimbrel,( BS) , and Common Scoter,( Hx birders) it shows this weather is getting things movings so the reservoirs need a good coat of looking at from now.
Driving home from Ogden was interesting with the rain that heavy I had to nearly stop to see where I was going and driving up Ned Hill was like shooting the rapids with a wall of water torrenting down.
Whilst Im typing this another 6 Herring gulls have gone over the house >W.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
An early evening visit to TMR whilst Im on a run and conditions are good although after a torrential downpour there this evening the skies cleared to blue which is not what I wanted.
It was a different story to yesterday with gulls well down in numbers as well as Lapwing although I was 2 hour later than yesterday and several will have left.
No sign of yesterdays YLH gull, possibly the same bird seen at Ringstone today, and a scope through the BHGs failed to find a Med gull.
A shame that this place is now so under watched given the birds its produced over the years. A few years back there was always 3 or 4 birders in the hide or you would bump into some one along the banking and now its always deserted.
c 150 Black Headed gull
c 100 Lesser Black Backed gull
11 Common gull
1 Herring gull
Ideal conditions this morning at Leeshaw reservoir with a W>4-5 , light drizzle and heavy showers throughout, good Tern, Wader movement stuff.
Despite that things were much quieter than last weekend with very little on the shoreline .
A nice surprise during one of the heavy showers when 2 Whimbrel lifted up from the northern hidden part of the reservoir and flew low over the moor before lifting up calling and heading >NW towards Lancashire. This sighting is just 1 month earlier than last years at Ringby.
Two Curlew were on the far shoreline, one being a very short billed juv.
Nice on the way back to see Raggalds Flood back to life after just 1 night of rain.
2 Little Ringed Plovers
1ad 1 juv Curlew
3 Common Sandpiper
2 juv Pheasants
+ usual Mipits, Goldfinch gulls and corvids etc.
Posted by Brian Sumner . at 10:27 AM
Saturday, July 27, 2013
A late afternoon visit to the Oxenhope watchpoint, TMR, permit holders only, proved awesome with the sight and sound of so many gulls and Lapwings present.
YW are keeping the reservoir full so there is very little shoreline but gulls littered the cobbled bankings like snow.
There were several small aircraft about from the Oxenhope air strip which flushed the gulls every 15 minutes or so making counting and checking impossible.
An obvious Yellow Legged Herring gull was on the wall briefly before being flushed and was later re located on the water.
Didnt have time, or patience to scope all the gulls carefully for Med gull , will have to leave that for another trip.
Several of the pink legged sp. of LBB were present whilst a flock of around 200 Lapwings were very flighty along with a single Curlew.
LBB gull...............c 200
BH gull................c 500
Yellow Legged Herring gull...1
f Mallard...............1 + 6 young
Posted by Brian Sumner . at 8:22 PM
Friday, July 26, 2013
Another depressingly hot day even though the breeze was from the north this evening at Ogden.
Conditions are perfect just now with the water well down and shoreline right around the reservoir which has already invited several gulls down with around 50 Black Headed and 3 Commons with several Lesser Black Backed overhead.
Mallard numbers are increasing with still some very young bumblies, whilst passerines were none existent other than 1 Robin and 2 Goldcrests.
The resident Grey Wagtail was well under the overflow tunnel in the water but no sign of Dipper or Kingfisher for some time now.
A report today from a reliable source of a Whinchat on Broom down the Queensbury old station part way along the Thornton line, may try get down there time permitting this weekend as its a species thats avoided me so far this year.
Posted by Brian Sumner . at 8:14 PM