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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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Leeshaw reservoir and Fly Flatts.

With an afternoon free it was off to Leeshaw to see if things were any better over the hill which they were,nt.
Around 100 small gulls were on the water along with 2 Cormorants and a few Mallard whilst 21 Canadas were in a nearby field. Usually at this time of year the area is alive with geese having had in the past Pink Footed and Barnacles in amongst the large flocks of Canadas and Greylags but in the last couple of years Leeshaw has gone downhill . Hopefully it will bounce back in the not too distant future.
                                                                   Flyflatts held 6 Teal across near the far shore along with 8 Mallard and 9 Canadas with a distant, in the sun, fly over of 3 Pink Footed geese >W. Another good day for moving Pinkies with typically small break away skeins now as they make their way to the west coast ready to head >N and home , soon they will be gone.
Otherwise it was just down to a couple of Red Grouse which seem a bit sparse on the moor just now after the shooting season.
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