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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.
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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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Soil Hill p.m.

       Number 1 Reed Bunting, hiding in vegetation
   Number 2 out in the open .

                    Male Stonechat still present.

As I arrived at Soil Hill Daniel B was just leaving with a despondent look on his face after a 20 minute full dip so things were,nt looking too good for me.
Luckily I had a decent hour and a half which just shows how quickly things can change on the birding scene.
First off was a male Reed Bunting snooking around in the long grass after moving away from one of my Nyjer seed patches and as I was watching that a second male appeared about 30 yds away on a small sapling before disappearing down into the reeds.
The male Stonechat showed briefly from the mounds over to the west summit but re appeared by the track as I was leaving. It was last seen on the stone circle.
Otherwise it was 4 Meadow Pipit, 7 Fieldfare at the top of the north slope  and 3 Herring gulls heading for the Oxenhope roost.
As I was leaving JL was arriving so the hill got a good coat of looking at today.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Good work by the 3 Wise Men !!!

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

I was up there from 10 till 11 and absolutely nothing apart from gulls, so well done on spotting anything, I seen more from my back yard 30+ gulls, 20+jackdaws, 20+ Redwing and Fieldfare