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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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Things are really moving now ! Oxenhope Reservoir, members only.

                                     Spooked gulls

                  Female Wigeon in amongst the gulls
                                                       Wigeon on the right


                                    Full zoom but out of range
 2 Whimbrel, way out of camera range , scoping job.
  Both birds showed a well striped crown.

Apologies for text stating male Wigeon which should have said female, heat of the moment excitement!

Oxenhope Reservoir  1445- 1600 hrs  Calm, slight SE> 2, dull and damp.

A great hours birding ,even though the shoreline is limited now there was enough to hold over 700 gulls and 80 + Lapwings.
The surprise of the day was a female Wigeon on the shore with the gulls and briefly in the water. This is a very early returning bird, my first is usually recorded at the end of September.
A Dunlin and 3 Snipe were in the back ponds with 2 Yellow Legged Herring gulls standing out from the crowd.
               A final scope along the shoreline before I left found 2 Whimbrel way over in the furthest point of the SW corner but showing well in the scope.

c 500 LBB gulls
c 200 BH  gulls
31 Herring gull
2 Yellow Legged Herring gulls  1 ad  1 3rd summer
3 Snipe
1 Dunlin
2 Whimbrel
3 Pied Wagtails
Tons of Swallows
+ usual sp.
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