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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, January 14, 2017

An odd sort of day.

My plans for my late afternoon session today were Mixenden for the 3 Goldeneye then call at Soil Hill to get some seed down now that a thaw and rain are expected.
That was until DJS text me saying the Goldeneye had just left Mixenden and heading towards Ogden.
I suspected that if they were staying local they would go on to Oxenhope rather than Ogden but, despite the thoughts of it being busy, I,d give it a try.
                                                                    As I got to the bottom of Ned Hill the road was packed with cars meaning that Ogden was overloaded and peering through the bins traffic was grid locked at Ogden Lane. A quick 3 point turn and back to Soil Hill with 2 good bags of Nyjer which will hopefully bring things back with a thaw and rain due at some point tomorrow. My 5 feeding areas now well topped up it was back to the car  without seeing 1 species, as expected, even the sky was empty, then off to Moorclose road to try to catch up to yesterdays Waxwings.
                                                                  A text from a blog watcher ,Danny, this morning that lives in the area reported saying that he had 6 Waxwings in his garden at Stonehouse Drive which is just behind yesterdays sighting spot but despite a search by NK and DW nothing was found.
As I drove on Moorclose Road at 1530 hrs the Waxwings were present right on the junction with Stonehouse Drive along with around 30 Starling but were dropping down into back gardens and out of sight. No berry trees are showing so they must be feeding off garden Cotoneasters which can make them difficult to spot.
Looking like a morning of higher temperatures and showers tomorrow but at least it will shift the snow.
BS

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