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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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

One of those special days.

A morning of perfect moving conditions with a light SW>3 and skies of blue and milky white clouds with the wind increasing slightly later bringing some showers.
Meadow Pipits were on the move from first thing on a broad front with good numbers from Oxenhope, Northowram and Queensbury although counting was hard with the bright background making the Mipits hard to pick out.
The birds continued to pile over until 0930 hrs ,where at one point AC was counting 15 per minute throughout an hour, but after that they petered out with small numbers of stragglers over although this went on all day with Mipits still moving over Ogden at 1630 hrs.
                                                               Ogden was on form late afternoon with passerines all around the perimeter with firstly the Chaffinch flock just inside the first gate on the west bank with around 40 up and down from the trees to the shoreline.  A little further on the flock of Goldfinch were in the tops of Alders numbering around 80 along with at least 2 Redpolls and 5 Siskin mixed in.
                                     As I was watching these a lady came up to me and said she had just seen a Kingfisher fly along the waters edge but a dash further along failed to re locate it , however good news that its back.
Passerine alley was also buzzing with at least 6 Siskin, 2 Chiffchaffs and a very late Willow Warbler together with around 5 Goldcrest and a female Blackcap.
The water was poor with just the usual species.
On the way back around 100 Mipits were moving around the fields on Syke Lane and Ned Hill, no doubt waiting to move in the morning.

UPDATE... HC/DCB had 3776 Mipits over this a.m.

Vis Mig  Qby  a.m.
418 Mipits.............................>S  + a steady uncounted flow all day.
31 Goldfinch..........................>S
23 Chaffinch........................>S
6 Coal Tits .........................>S
2 Snipe...............................>W
3 Mistle Thrush..................>W
1 Song Thrush....................>W
4 Blackbirds.......................>W
16 Lapwing........................>E
7 Alba Wagtails.................>SW
c 100 Mipits........................blogging, pm, Ogden.
BS

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Good do Bri. - some good birds there.

Ogden was as quiet as the grave went I went around earlier this aft.

What a difference an hour or so can make to birding.

Enjoy the week-end.

John