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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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Queensbury still snowed under.

       
 Once again a very short lived sunrise
                   

                            Shortly followed by this

More overnight snow and a day of heavy snow showers with once again bad road conditions and temperatures never rising above 3 deg.
A late start off to town shopping due to more snow shoveling and dog duties but amazed to find no sign of snow in Halifax, and Queensbury with a good 8". A check of the Rowans in Sainsburys car park failed to turn up any Waxwings, just a few Blackbirds and a Mistle Thrush.
Not home until 1515 hrs when the light was rapidly fading and conditions bad ,still with heavy snow showers so had to give the usual late afternoon birding trip a miss.
                                                           A text at 1545 hrs from my watchman Peter Turner at Horton Bank Top reported 4 Whooper Swans heading towards Queensbury but despite dashing out in the garden, camera in hand, they avoided me possible veering more west with a chance of coming down on one of the local reservoirs which will be checked out in the morning.
                                               Thanks for the text Peter.
BS
                                                 

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