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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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

In search of the Snow Bunts, Soil Hill

    Ideal vis mig sunrise on the way to work this a.m.

                       Large sun dog to the east 1730 hrs.

A strange day starting with a brilliant sunrise and winter thrushes piling over >S and >SE but just as I was thinking this is the day, the clouds rolled in and all signs of movement had stopped by 0900 hrs.
The first real signs of Woodpigeon movement was also apparent this morning but as with the thrushes, this was short lived.
The rest of the day until mid afternoon was a mix of sunshine and showers, the heaviest of showers being lunch time as I was up in Foxhill park with the dogs, nowt fresh there.
                                                  1530 hrs and off like a man on a mission to Soil Hill to do a thorough search of the summits with Snow Bunting in mind, especially after the report from Calderbirds of a single on the deck near Fly Flatts.
Walking up the track the Jack Snipe flushed about a yard in front of me giving me a cracking view of its brightly coloured patterned back but it was away so fast and low I did,nt even get time to lift the camera up. The bird dropped down at the northern end of the east summit.
A full zig zag search of both summits twice over just provided around 30 Meadow Pipits and strangely no wintering Skylarks as yet.
Once again I came across the Jack Snipe at the top of the east summit which rapidly disappeared over to the west summit not to be see again.
Nothing in the skies other than a few gulls and 2 small flocks of  bounce back Redwings > west and still no geese.
Around 150 Lapwing were down on the Shay along with c 50 Starling and 23 Mallard.

Queensbury vis mig a.m.

c 200 Redwing.........................>S  and >SE
c 40 Fieldfare...........................>S
38 Woodpigs...........................>S
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