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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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Just another sign of the times.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ogden early a.m.

                  Cormorants on the move 3 >NW

   The Saxony SE Germany BH Gull

                                Kingfisher in the sluice gate area

Ogden 0800-1000 hrs.
An icy 0 deg but bright start and lighter a little earlier with sun struggling to break through but the hazy mist soon rolled back in quietening the sky movement which looked as if it was going to be active.  Part of the water was frozen over.
                                                                   First light saw a good move of very high Herring gulls >W and LBB gulls >NW along with 3 Cormorant >NW but this was soon stopped as the cloud thickened.
A bit livelier on passerines around the perimeter of the water but still very dark in the trees so nothing special picked out.
Again disappointing on the water with around 50 small gulls, with one of the Black Headed being a ringed bird from Saxony, SE Germany previously seen at this site  25/11/16,  19/12/16 and 23/12/16 with details being followed up thanks to NK.
Otherwise it was just Mallard on the water with a new pure white duck appeared which can be deceiving when out in the middle.
The Kingfisher was firstly seen below the west bank where it spends most of its time now, which is encouraging , then back down in the sluice gate area.

1 Kingfisher
1 Green Woodpecker
11 Goldfinch
6 Wrens
4 Robins
3 Cormorant...................>NW
9 Herring gull................>W
38 LBB.........................>NW
+ usual sp.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice to have Kingfisher as a regular on 'the patch' Bri. I wonder if it also gets down the ponds by the former trout ponds ata lower Brockholes, though I have never seen it there but viewing is difficult.

Brian Sumner . said...

It often flies off in that direction Dave but lately seems to be spending a lot of time near the NW corner. Just awaiting a second bird now.