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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Finally had to submit to the fog.

After over a week of ducking and diving to dodge around the fog it finally bet me today with a complete blank.
A full day of dense fog up here in the gods with visibility down to a few yards but an after lunch trip to Bradford found it clear lower down so at 1500 hrs I headed down to Mixenden reservoir expecting it to be at least birdable if not clear, wrong. The fog was just as bad over the water as well as heavy rain so that was it, beaten by the weather but at least January is out of the way now so we can look forward to lighter nights and mornings ,if the fog ever goes, and a bonus with the Ogden car park now open until 1700 hrs instead of 1600 hrs.
Is anyone going for Gordon Denisons 100 birds in 100 days ? Local birds that is.

Meanwhile here,s pick of the bunch birds from February over the last 3 years :-

                Nice local find, Barn Owl.
           Pink Footed geese over Fly Flatts from Soil Hill
                                                    Ogden Goldeneye

                                         Ogden Barnacle goose

                    Pinkies over garage at Queensbury
                                          Pinkies over Ogden
        Ogden skies full of  homeward bound Pinkies, click on it
         Good shorelines at Leeshaw
    Tree Sparrows, long hedge, Northowram, finder AC

                  Plenty Bullfinches at Ogden
                                 along with Nuthatches 2015,  poor in 2016
                                    Last light Soil Hill Woodcock

   Black Headed gulls getting summer hoods
                        24 Whoopers on Mixenden

 You can,t keep owt from these two. J and DJS.
BS


2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Great report from nowt to go on Bri. Where did you dig out that last photo from..? And a nice Woodcock shot as well.
No sign of the Barnacle Goose yet this winter.

Brian Sumner . said...

4/2/2014 Mixenden. I got a call from fireman Craig and grapevined it. Nipped out of work , picked Nigel up and met you there. If you remember you laughed at me layed out on the banking taking pics.
Think that was my last Woodcock, Feb 2014 when I was looking for Jack Snipe.
Hopefully Barnie will return.