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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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wigeon day, Leeshaw

                  Suddenly 8 Wigeon dropped out of the sky.

                 Out of range shots across the water




                                  10 minute break then off >W



A poor start at Leeshaw with banks of thick fog not clearing until 0730 hrs although it was bright and sunny up on the tops.
A steady flow of Mipits and Swallows was the only signs of vis mig whilst a good count of LBBs were around the water.
Whilst watching a distant Whinchat and 3 Wheatears in the distance a splash on the water made me turn round in time to see 8 Wigeon just landing. unfortunately they headed for the far shore out of camera range apart from record shots and after about 10 minutes they lifted off, flew a circuit, and away >W.

Vis Mig
c100 Mipits.................................>W
c50 Swallows.............................>S and >SW
3 Wheatear................................blogging
1 Whinchat................................blogging
8 Wigeon...................................blogging briefly then >W

Other
1 Cormorant
5 Heron
1 Moorhen
22 LBB gulls, 17 being juvs
71 Lapwing on banking
1 Sparrowhawk
15 BH gulls
c30 Goldfinch
c20 Linnet.
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