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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, January 1, 2017

2017, poor start, good recovery.

                  Brambling, couresy Park Lane
               Jay, another Park Lane sp.


                                                      Soil Hill Reed Bunting

                                       Soil Hill Fieldfares
                        Mixed Starling/ Fieldfare flock

After a poor start with an Ogden abandonment, late afternoon had to be used wisely to recover the lack of species for the the first of Jan.
The first obvious move was to head for Park Lane to bag the Bramblings in case they decided to move on over the next few days. This visit provided 8 Brambling plus Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch along with Jay and all the usual garden sp.

Up then to Soil Hill hoping to repeat Jan 1st 2015 with a Snow Bunt at Fly Flatts but not to be today
so had to settle for 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel which skimmed over the heads of me and the Reed Bunting making us both jump, plus a mixed flock of around 20 Fieldfare and c50 Starling whilst LBB gulls were overhead.
So after around two and a half hours birding my local area provided me with 28 species as well as around 10 Waxwings near the Pellon Lane/ Queens Rd traffic lights.
Sainsburys car park is all quiet now with the berries almost gone.
Good to bump into Dave B on the hill who looked as cold as I felt.
                                             A day off tomorrow so hopefully the northerlies will blow something down our way.
BS


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