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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, October 9, 2016

Early Morning Ogden

What looked like a good morning weather wise turned out to be a bit of a damp squib with very little in the way of movement over Queensbury and Ogden. After a bit of Queensbury sky watching with just a scattering of Mipits and 15 Redwing it was off to Ogden arriving at 0700 hrs before the crowds moved in.
Two circuits of the water plus a lot of standing and waiting produced low numbers of birds with no established flocks around.
Chaffinch was the dominant bird with only about 20 counted but 3 Brambling flying from trees near the info centre was nice but not to be re located.
Just the 1 Goldcrest , the rest being Dunnocks, Robins and Wrens whilst 8 Corvids mobbed a Sparrowhawk over the plantation.
A final sky watch on the prom,whilst talking to DP , just produced 7 Greylag in to land on the water which is unusual for Ogden whilst 2 male Wigeon flew high and >NE over the plantation.
As I got back to the car park at 0930 hrs it was beginning to look like Wakes weekend at Blackpool with cars swarming in so I made a hasty retreat making a note of not to return here until the peace and quiet of Monday.

1 Goldcrest
c 20 Chaffinch
3 Brambling
1 Sparrowhawk
2m Wigeon ... fly overs
7 Greylag
35 Redwing
BS

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