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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 22, 2016

Sentry Hill Watch. p.m. visit.

                                        Drax in the hazy distance
     Looking across to the reservoir hide.
                                       Gulls piling in throughout

             Sacrifice stones on the Nab
                                   1st wind turbine ready for the blades
             Looking across to Leeshaw reservoir
                          Raven (lower) being mobbed by Crows.
             Hundreds of gulls ready to come across to the water.
                                           Soil Hill tree line.

A late afternoon visit to Sentry Hill watch point with hopes of some early Pink Footed geese or even an Osprey, neither of which materialized , found a few decent birds and some breath taking views of the distant landscape.
Gulls were piling into the reservoir with hundreds in a field below waiting to come in to preen on the water before moving off >E towards the Eccup roost.
Several Mipits were blogging in fields and on the moor whilst a few were still moving heading >W over the Nab area along with a good number of Swallows >S.
                                                     A single noisy Raven was heading >N to the east of me getting mobbed along the way by 2 Carrion Crows and a flock of 18 Lapwing flew low over Paul Clough towards Fly Flatts.
3 Wheatears were on local walls whilst a flock of Goldfinch fed on thistle tops.

Vis Mig,
No watch early morning with rain and mist not clearing until 0800 hrs,

Few Meadow Pipits .................>W
Steady flow of Swallows.........>S
18 Lapwing .............................>S  could be locals
1 Raven ..................................>N  could be local bird
Several mipits.........................blogging
3 Wheatear..............................blogging
1 Skylark.................................>W
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