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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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fly Flatts, Cold Edge Dams

Instead of heading >NW towards Oxenhope late afternoon I decided to head >SW to Cold Edge Dams and Fly Flatts, bad decision. Fly Flatts was birdless other than a few LBB gulls whilst 1 hour spent searching Cold Edge did me no favours at all.
                                                  Haigh Coat dam held nothing, even though there were no boaters present, whilst Leadbeater Dam provided 1m Tufted, 4 Mallard and 3 BH gulls.
Nothing on Spring Dam but the 2 resident Little Grebe were diving away on Spring Mill Dam.
                                                            Quiet skies above other than a few Meadow Pipits heading >W and the highlight of the trip being a flock of around 50 mixed Goldfinch and Linnets.  Looks like I,ll be heading back NW in the morning.
                                                                  The best part of todays birding was this morning whilst I was at work. My phone was red hot with calls and texts of birds on the move whilst the bit of sky watching I managed provided a group of 5 Jays >W and a steady flow of Meadow Pipits in migration mode also >W

Vis Mig
First decent move of Meadow Pipits in groups of 4 to 8.....................>W
5 Jays..................>W
Steady flow of Swallows..............>SW
1 Buzzard .......................>SE from Oxenhope towards Queensbury  HC.
This bird was probably sighted over Northowram by AC but waiting for photo confirmation from HC as Andys bird had a Primary or Secondary missing on its right wing.
Several Wheatears  and Meadow Pipits blogging, Raggalds and Old Guy Rd,  DS, NK, DW.
BS