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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.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ogden lives on

                       F Shoveler in hazy conditions out in
                            the middle of the water.

    Spent most of its time resting

                                Drake Gadwall
                                        1 of 4 Teal
                A mish mash of waterfowl
                                   12 months since the last one at Mixenden

                                                           Sun down.

A call from NK just before lunch today reporting Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall at Ogden got the adrenalin going so after Sainsburys duty it was head for Ogden at 1445 hrs.
A good scan produced nothing and it looked like the birds had gone but a closer inspection found a tight group of waterfowl in the centre of the water but barely visible in the haze and reflection of sun on the water.
A dash round the west side to get the sun behind me improved things slightly but still very hard to id the birds and near impossible for photos.
After a lot of eye straining I found 4 Teal, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 f Shoveler and 4 Little Grebe .
The group were in the centre whilst 2 Grebe were in the NW corner and 2 in the SW corner.
3 Cormorant and the usual gulls were also present.
Around 120 photos later I rescued about 6 as record shots but great birds for Ogden and a good find and I.D. from Nigel.
The last Shovelers there were 5 on 26/ 07/ 2012, also found by NK.
BS

1 comment:

AndyC said...

Nice find ,well done to NK ,,,,