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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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ogden/Ned Hill watch point

                                 Lapwings >NE

                                         Ogden, 1 of 2 Grey Wagtails


A late kick off today not arriving at Ogden until 1530 hrs when darkness was already creeping in.
Scanning from the promenade the Little Grebe was still present as well as 1 female Teal , otherwise all yesterdays waterfowl were gone.
                                                         Newcomers in were a pair of Goldeneye but as with the Teal, all sticking across in the far NW corner. The majority of Mallard had left with just the usual feeders remaining whilst 2 Grey Wagtail were down in the SE corner.
Finding viewing difficult now in the fading light it was up to Ned Hill watch point  for the last 15 minutes sky watching across to the remaining bright sky to the west.
                                                Around 80 Lapwing headed >NE probably heading to a roost whilst several mixed gulls headed towards the Oxenhope roost.
A skein of 38 geese flew >SW beyond the new wind turbines over the Fly Flatts area low down following the valley below Withens Gap. With the size of them I classed them as Pink Footed but a call from Gordon at Barden this evening reporting a move of Brents and White Fronted geese over that area and some coming down on Lower Barden reservoir to be checked out in the morning so worth checking your local reservoir over the weekend.
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