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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 27, 2016

Ogden/ Raggalds Flood/ Corporal Hill etc

  Kingfisher present 0800 - 0930 hrs
              Just a few small gulls on Raggalds Flood

A later start at Ogden waiting for daylight so could,nt get started until 0800 hrs when it was just breaking light. The water was quiet so I broke my tradition of staying where I can see the water and a good expanse of sky by trekking up to the top of the west bank to the Tree Pipit area looking for Crossbills.  The pines up there have a very poor crop of cones this year so it unlikely that Crossbills will show in this area, maybe Back Lane will have a better crop.
                                            Several Goldcrests were up in the woods and a couple of Treecreepers but way too dark for photos.
Back at the water the Mallard count has got up to 143 plus some possibly missed under the edges. 121 was down in the bread lobbing corner until some irresponsible nugget put his dog over the wall by the overflow and whilst he walked across the prom the dog walked in the edge of the water coming out in the duck corner flushing everything. I shouted a bit of abuse at him but he did,nt seem bothered.
                                                      The Kingfisher was present in the usual spot throughout and it was nice to bump into walker, nature lover and photographer Doreen who was pleased when I showed her the Kingfisher and she got some pics. Hope they came out ok Doreen.
                                                           Back at the Raggalds Flood just a few small gulls were present whilst the Lapwing flock had moved away from Pit Lane with football being on.
As a last resort to save the morning I went around Shaw Lane/ Corporal Hill etc looking for NKs Parakeet but no joy. Just a few gulls , Redwings and Lapwings.
Oh well, have to wait for the tea time session now.
BS

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