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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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ogden late p.m.

    A short lived sunrise " back ot mill"

       Unusual to get 4 Jays together here


                                            Soggy conditions


   Water cascading into the reservoir
                                       A bit brighter sky
               A good area for Wigeon or geese
                                   Mallard numbers mounting

                                                   Kingfisher patiently waiting


Ogden  1430-1530 hrs
A much better afternoon session than yesterdays failure with conditions poor but workable in a NW> 5 with heavy rain showers easing part way through the visit. The area had already been checked by DJS and later JL , both sending  messages of doom and gloom, so it was a low expectancy visit which turned out quite pleasant mainly due to the lack of public.
                                                                              A full circuit round carefully checking all the Mallards around the edges for strangers gave me a count of 124 with the Pintail pair definitely moved on. The Little Grebe was present along with 1 of DJSs female Teal out in the centre of the water but having left big bertha at home due to the conditions it was out of range for the small camera.
The Chaffinch flock of around 40 were working the NW shoreline but no Brambling amongst then.
                                                            A grey Wagtail was by the water below the prom whilst the Kingfisher and Dipper were in their usual place down by the sluice gate ponds. 4 Jays were working their way along the east side.
The usual small gulls were present along with 4 LBB gulls and what looked pale enough for a first year Herring gull but no chance of a definite i.d. at the distance and in the conditions.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice pic of the Kingfisher Bri.
Glad my doom and gloom message didn't deter you,and that you had a better session than I did.
I missed the Little Grebe again!
(even though I checked the Mallard and the SW corner carefully - my bogey bird).
John

Brian Sumner . said...

Think I got it a bit drier than you John.
Good to see the Teals are back on the flood.

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Nice one with the Kingfisher again Brian.