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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, November 13, 2016

Another newcomer for Ogden.

                                             female Pintail


                                             Male Pintail



With all the goose and Swan movement around the Aire Valley over the last few days I thought I,d go over and check Lower Laithe and Leeshaw, BAD IDEA !!
Lower Laithe was quiet and as I approached Leeshaw, a text from Chris King of  2 Pintail at Ogden at 0800 hrs.
A quick look on a quiet Leeshaw as I turned around and headed back to Ogden where I should have gone in the first place.
The pair took a bit of finding at first as I scanned the water expecting them to be way out in the middle but luckily they were on the edge of the shore in amongst the Mallards.
The drake spent most of its time sleeping, refusing to lift its head for the camera, whilst the female was busy feeding further along in the waters edge.
Yet another amazing waterfowl species for Ogden, whatever next.
Many thanks to Chris King for the text and nice to meet them there along with DB.
BS

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