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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FOG,! FOG, ! and more FOG. !

        As good as it got, Foxhill midday
                                 Spot the Common gulls

The fog rolled in yesterday evening and remained thick throughout the night ,continuing all day today without any sign of clearing. The fog is still as thick as ever now.
HC had to abandon his watchpoint at Oxenhope from the word go this morning and needless to say, nothing was seen at my end other than the resident Common gulls in Foxhill at lunch time.
Interesting to talk to a customer at work today who is unfortunately a Grouse shoot organiser and he says, though the end of the Grouse season is officially into December most shoots have now ended due to a very poor year for Grouse. They are only allowed to shoot a small percentage of the number of birds and this year the shoots have had to be aborted early with some gun clubs never even starting.
He says this was due to a shortage of insects which the chicks need to survive before they can eat the seeds of the heather so many chicks died.
Also a great number of Grouse and Partridge were killed in the severe hail storm earlier this year.
At least its good news for the remaining Grouse .

An ideal day for checking the reservoirs for grounded Whoopers today.
BS

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