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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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Oxenhope Reservoir, evening visit, Members only.

 juv Gt Crested Grebe way out on the water
      2 Herrings on the spit between the ponds and reservoir
              Distant out of range shot
  This Herring taken at an amazing 260 x
                   Lapwings lined up by the ponds

An evening visit in poor birding conditions with wall to wall blue sky and sunshine, just what we don,t want.  Scanning was hard with the sun in the lens and bright reflection from the water but I think I covered most of it although it was impossible to split Med , Yellow Legged and Caspian if any were present.
No sign of the Wigeon which was still present this morning, ( CK ), but it could quite possibly have been hidden with the sea of in excess of 1000 gulls.
The juv Gt Crested Grebe and 3 Teal were still present from this morning ( CK ), but no waders other than Lapwing.
2 late Sand Martins >SW were a bonus.

c 700 LBB gull
c 300 BH gull
19 Herring gull
c 100 Lapwing
3 Teal
1 juv Gt Crested Grebe
2 Sand Martin........................>SW
sev Swallows blogging
+ usual sp.
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