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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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Ogden p.m.

            A picturesque scene at Ogden

                                   Passerine alley snow damage
                           west bank
               Glad I was,nt sat on that bench
                          Picture postcard material.
                                        Kingfisher in the snow


                    Chaffinches wondering where the                
                         weeds have gone

                                         Female Goldeneye
                                    Diving Little Grebe
                                                 Going down
                                             Back up with the prize


Ogden 1430 - 1530 hrs Heavy overnight snow with around 6 " covering.

With Soil Hill covered in deep lying snow stopping any chance of Snow Buntings, it was down to Ogden in what looked like perfect conditions for something tasty on the water.
The walk around the water was treacherous with ankle deep slush and, with a heavy thaw going on ,water and snow was dropping from the trees, several of which had been broken or felled by the weight of the snow partially blocking the track in several places. Passerine alley especially had taken a real battering.
Things looked quiet to begin with but a bit of patience and searching it started to fall into place.
                                                                                    The Kingfisher was again down in the sluice gates and a bit better to photograph with a white snowy background whilst a Sparrowhawk passed overhead. The Chaffinch flock was again about 30 strong with at least 1 Brambling standing out as they flew over the water to the opposite banking but I was unable to re locate it when I caught up to them trying to feed on the snow covered shoreline.
About 11 Goldcrests were present  whilst on the water a female Goldeneye appeared from under the banking and the Little Grebe was busy catching Sticklebacks.  Around 30 small gulls and 4 LBBs completed the compliment.
Walking back across the promenade the Kingfisher was still in the same place whilst what I thought to be a Snipe turned out to be a Woodcock flying fast and high overhead >NW towards the Giants Tooth.
BS

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