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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.
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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 14, 2016

Triple Dip Day.

         As good as it got, Jay

Yet another day of sun and blue skies in the morning whilst I,m working then drizzle and low cloud by lunch time.
With a call from HC early morn reporting the Black Redstart still present at Oxenhope, decent weather a.m. and me with a free afternoon my plan was to go to Oxenhope to get the Black Red and a few photos then on to Fly Flatts and pick up a second Black Red getting me 2 in the day.
                                                         You,d think I,d have learnt not to make birding plans by now as by lunch time the black clouds were moving in and a hint of drizzle was in the air.
I arrived at Sentry Hill at 1315 hrs getting about 30 minutes of dryish weather but no sign of the bird.
After one and a half hour searching and scanning still no sign and by now the wind was blowing, the rain was coming down and the cloud lowering cutting down visibility.
Good to meet 2 B.O.G. members up there searching the area, one being Gordon from Skipton who I used to meet at Barden watch point every Sunday morning some 20 years ago.
                                                         Looking across, Fly Flatts was in the fog so I decided to drop down to Ogden to try save the day but as I neared Ogden the sky brightened and the fog seemed to be lifting off the hills so it was continue on to Fly Flatts. That was until a text from DJS saying
conditions poor and no bird so after a quick phone conversation with him it was a  turn about and back to Ogden.
Amazingly , as I arrived at Ogden so did the rain so it was a quick check of the water and passerine alley them home with a third dip under my belt.
Ironically as I got home a text from DJS saying he had re located the Fly Flatts Black Redstart, oh well, thats birding.
Ogden
3 Jay
13 Chaffinch
18 Goldfinch
+ usual sp.
BS

3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Top marks for giving it a go Bri - weather so unpredictable today and birds hard to find. Hope the weekend improves for you with some rewards. Good to have a chat as well.

David Sutcliffe said...

By the way have you seen Daniel's photo of a juv Woodchat Shrike in the hand at Spurn (on the Spurn website on 11th Oct) envious or not !!!

Brian Sumner . said...

Could do with one over here but I,d have preferred a photo of it on a post,dont like ringing