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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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Magic of Ogden.

                  Alive with Goldcrests

                                       Everyone thoroughly checked


                                            Redpolls starting to show

            Numerous Blackbirds, possible continentals.
                      A good count of Brambling

                                Brambling in the back ground

                      Nearly 2 hours standing to get these pics.



 Believe it or not, my first Treecreeper since 2014.

With a free afternoon from 1300 - 1500 hrs it was off to Ogden to check out the situation.
As per norm, a bright morning at work then black clouds and light rain showers from lunch time but drier than my previous visits and sheltered from the W>4.
I decided on walking the perimeter of the water clockwise as it was a bit early for birds to collect in passerine alley so after a Kingfisher check in the sluice and a scan of the water, both producing nothing , I headed for the west bank Alders.
                                                                      Plenty Goldcrests along Firecrest alley but a meticulous check of each failed to show me an eye stripe so on to the Dipper Dyke which surprisingly produced me my first Dipper there for quite a while as it flew from the shale, under the bridge and across the water to the east side,
Further round at Parakeet pond several Chaffinch were in the foliage and dropping onto the banking in an unviewable area although I did pick out 1 Brambling. After watching them a while they started to fly across to the east bank just as I had suspected they would. Passerine Alley, here I come.
                                                     Walking on the track from the NE corner towards passerine alley birds were moving through the trees ahead of me and I could tell this was going to be the big one.
On entering passerine alley all hell let loose with birds in every tree at both sides of the track. A quick scan through as many as I could found, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll, Blackbirds
plus GT, Blue and Long Tailed Tits. Even my first Treecreeper since 2014, an absolute breath taking experience.
After finding the best vantage point for photos, although it was dark skies and drizzle, it was sit and get what shots I could with was difficult with the birds in mobile mode.
                                                        Other than getting rarities at Ogden, today has to go down as one of my best ever experiences there even though there was no Yellow Browed to be found but theres still time yet.

20+ Goldcrest
17 Brambling
3 Siskin
4 Redpoll
c 100 Chaffinch
c 40 Goldfinch
1 Treecreeper
19 Blackbirds
1 Dipper
+ usual sp.

A quiet mornings vis mig with very little moving. Several reports of Pink Footed Geese unfortunately by passed our area.

42 Woodpigeon....................>S
3 Meadow Pipits..................>S
19 Redwing........................>SE
BS

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Smart Treecreeper photo Bri.
Treecreeper will be like buses now, non for ages, then one afer another.
Still not nailed the Brambling!
John