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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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Return to Ogden

                                    1 of 3 female Goosander on the water





Another poor vis mig morning with just around 50 Fieldfare over >S and 15 Redwing >E after the rain had cleared.
By late afternoon a visit to Soil Hill had to be aborted due to thick fog so down to Ogden which was just below the cloud base but dark, grey and drizzly. Even with those conditions it was a problem parking and the disturbance was horrific, thank goodness its back to school next week, though having said that much of the disturbance was from adults. One instance was I,d just found the Chaffinch/ Brambling flock after a lot of searching when along came a group of 12 adults and even though they could see I was watching something they decided to stop by me to take snaps of each other with plenty noise so away went the flock. I think Ogden should be made permit holders only, who me, selfish!!.
                                                                  Anyway, with that behind me it was a bonus to see 3 female Goosander drop down out of the low cloud and stay on the water throughout along with the Little Grebe.
No sign of Kingfisher or Dipper by the sluice gates but disturbance from YW in the area so on to the west bank Alders where all the action was and less nuggets about.
The whole of the area was heaving with birds but very difficult to spot silhouetted against the dark sky looking like a mass of black dots flitting about.
I checked around 15 Goldcrests but its looking as if we,ve missed out on any Yellow Browed this year so we,ll have to watch for Firecrest now instead.
Passerines in the Alders were :-
c15 Goldcrest
8 Long Tailed Tits
c20 Chaffinch
2 Brambling
c30 Goldfinch
4 Siskin
1  Redpoll
Sev Gt, Blue and Coal Tits.
BS

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