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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, December 11, 2016

Ogden early a.m.


                               Ogden first light
                 Sun trying to get out but failed


 This took some finding, Kingfisher hiding from the camera
                  1 drake  Wigeon out in the middle






0800 hrs and still near dark as I arrived at Ogden in a strong W>5 with sun trying to rise but failing miserably leaving me with another of those dark silhouette type mornings.
First scan looked all quiet on the water with a few small gulls and all the Mallards in the bread lobbing corner.
As I got on to the passerine alley watch point a small group of break away Mallards were sticking out in the centre looking like passing through birds rather than locals . A steady scan through in still poor light found one slightly smaller than the rest ringing alarm bells and as a bit more light appeared it showed as a drake Wigeon.
After a walk around the water to give the light chance to brighten I went back to the watch point for the above record shots.
Passerines were quiet in the dismal light with a couple of Goldcrest and the usual tits, Robins, Wrens and Dunnocks whilst a blue image found the Kingfisher in the back of an overhanging tree near the inlet at Dipper Dyke.
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