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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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ogden disaster.

         
After a cracking afternoon with sunshine and wall to wall blue skies I planned an hour at Ogden late afternoon to see if the wind had blown anything in and see if the Pintail pair were still present.
                                                         At 1445 hrs when the running about was done I arrived at Ogden just in time to see dark black clouds over the wind turbines heading my way.
It was amazing to watch the weather change so quickly as the wind increased to near gale NW>6 gusting 7 bringing the rain which within a few minutes was lashing down torrentially making it so that you could not see across the car park. After sitting it out in the car ten minutes the rain eased slightly so I set off walking to the reservoir but a second wave came over even worse than the first.
                                                             I stood behind the info centre watching the hail, sleet and snow blowing horizontally across the water which was barely visible through what now looked like hurricane conditions. Another 15 minutes wasted and daylight going the rain eased slightly just enough to scan the duck feeding area which was absent of bird life and who could blame them.
As the next wave of the storm came over ,and although I class myself as a hardy birder , enough was enough and time to get out of there.
On the way back, as usual, it was brightening up but the light was well on its way by now so a check on Raggalds Flood to find the Teal moved on and scanning the Pit Lane football pitch, 127 Lapwing, around 50 small gulls and around 100 Starling were present but no Goldies as yet.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

You did well to count the Lapwing etc. on the football field Bri.
I stood on the banking opposite the Raggalds Pub and wobbled about in the gale!!
Great to get some decent water in the flood though.


John

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down John ha ha, you both did well braving the bad weather, I got drenched at work so I know the feeling, anyway Snow Bunting will be at Soil Hill tomorrow for you two hardy souls, keep up the good work.

Brian Sumner . said...

Hope you,re right Dave.

I sheltered behind the changing rooms John.