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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 20, 2016

Ogden/ Mixenden/ Raggalds Flood. early a.m.

                    A wintery scene at Ogden .
                             Kingfisher braving the cold water.

                                 Raggalds Flood frozen over
                                     

A foggy start in Queensbury at first light with more overnight snow but slightly milder with some drizzle.
Ogden was below the cloud base but a mixture of rain and drizzle on a light NNE >4 with dark skies.
No sign of PTs Whoopers which I thought may have come down overnight but 1 f Teal, 1 f Goldeneye and the Little Grebe was a bonus along with the Kingfisher in its usual spot down in the sluice gates and catching well.
                                              On then to Mixenden with 1f Goosander, 1pr Goldeneye and a few small gulls whilst 4 Herring gulls went overhead >SW.
Raggalds Flood was frozen over solid with about 50 Lapwings in the field and a couple on the shoreline.
An interesting report from Gordon, BOG, at Skipton whos getting Tree Sparrows on his feeders over there for the first time ever.  Better keep an eye out on those Lee Mount feeders Dave.
BS

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