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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

Queensbury Vis Mig at its best and a poor Ogden

  Vis miggers dream sky early morn.
   A window in the weather funneling birds through.
              Clouds breaking up, vis mig slows down,

Excellent conditions this morning with a light SSW>3 and grey dry skies giving the birds a clear run through.
Meadow Pipits piled through firstly from the north then coming down the Aire Valley hitting Queensbury from the NE all heading direct >S for the first time this season.
Meadow Pipits early on in the season head >W then as the season goes on they veer to >SW before finally heading direct >S as we get to mid season.
A report from DJS at Ogden was getting very little as the flocks were passing through well to the east of his position whereas HC/DCB at Oxenhope were getting the numbers but only by scoping out at a distance.
My largest flock through was 39 and the move petered out by 0915 hrs.
                                                   A mid afternoon at Ogden found it amazingly quiet when after 2 circuits of the water I failed to find the tit flock or Goldfinches  which were again probably seeking shelter in the wood from the now increased SSW>5. My whole passerine count amounted to 2 Great and 1 Blue tit which has got to be some sort of record.
The water held 5 Cormorant and a good count of 35 Canadas plus the usual gulls and Mallards with yesterdays Tufteds moved on.

Still no Pink Footed geese as yet although SJ at Manchester had a skein and DCB has had a small skein over Wilsden so who,s going to come up with the first lot, eyes to the skies.

Qby Vis Mig before and on the way to work :-

378 Meadow Pipit............................. >S
18 Goldfinch....................................>W
21 Chaffinch....................................>W
5 Swallows......................................>S
Casual obs from work 0800 hrs on found a continuous flow all >S until 0915 hrs. approx another 200.
Update.. 1456 Mipits for Oxenhope, HC DCB, well done lads, not easy scoping them.
BS

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