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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, December 31, 2016

Park Lane Bramblings and the last Soil Hill visit this year.

  Poor quality pics taken from a tree covered
Park Lane at distance through the tree covered garden.

 At least 6 showing, Denise clocked 9 this morning.






1430 hrs and on the way to Soil Hill I decided to call in at Park Lane to check the Brambling situation where Denise reported 9 present. The garden was alive with feeding birds and I soon started getting Brambling although photos were difficult as Park Lane is very dark under a canopy of mature trees and the birds were very mobile amongst the bushes and shrubs.
Present were at least 6 Brambling, 15 Goldfinch, several Chaffinch, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Dunnocks, Robins, Blackbirds and at least 2 Redpoll.
                                                                By the time I,d finished here I was almost out of time at 1515 hrs so a quick dash to Soil Hill to drop 3 bags of Nyjer down in selected areas with just 1 male Reed Bunting and a few corvids showing and that was it. I,ve decided that Im not going back up Soil Hill again this year!

All in all an excellent year for my area, especially Ogden through the autumn which produced well on wildfowl and passerines making up for a great lack of warblers through the summer.
Highlights of the year are :-
Barn Owl
Long Eared Owl
Short Eared Owl
Osprey
Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Ruff
Turnstone
Whimbrel
Greenshank
Jack Snipe
Med gull
sev Yellow Legged Herring gulls
Shelduck
Wigeon
Teal
Gadwall
Mandarin
Pintail
Common Scoter
Yellow wagtail
Greenland Wheatear
Ring Necked Parakeet
Whinchat
Redstart
Black Redstart
Northern Treecreeper
Common Tern
+ many more species good for this area.

Common birds missed in my area this year :-
Red Kite
Nuthatch
Garden Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Twite
Snow Bunting
Merlin
Hobby
Tree Pipit
Arctic Tern
Green Sandpiper
Little Egret
Pochard
Goshawk
any Harrier

Oh well... look out 2017  here we come again !!

HOPING 2017 BRINGS YOU HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
AS WELL AS GOOD BIRDING.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM
WEST YORKSHIRE BIRDING.
               BRIAN.


4 comments:

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Well done with the Brambling Bri, Ive not seen one all year. Happy New Year

Brian Sumner . said...

Had a good year with them this time Dave, especially at Ogden. Have a good one.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Happy New year Bri.
Great Ogden birds for you this year ... more next year hopefully.
John

Brian Sumner . said...

We can but put the time in and hope John. All the best to Sue and yourself.