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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, September 28, 2016

LBB gull moult

                           Oxenhope white patched LBB gull



A couple of months back I found this odd looking LBB gull at Oxenhope which stood out with the bright white upper wing patches, something I had,nt come across before.
Today I saw a similar bird at Ogden but with less white markings.
I asked if anyone else had come across this with no response so its obviously not a common sighting.
MC replied to say he thought it would be due to moulting.
Reading up tonight, ( Helm gulls ) it is caused by when the birds moult is at its peak and the primary moult reaches the mid primaries ,then the white patches are the white bases of the secondries showing through when the greater coverts are shed.
So if you see a white patched LBB from now you,ll know what its all about.
BS

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