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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.
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 15, 2017

Ogden/ Mixenden etc.

            Mixenden Goldeneye, 1m  3f.
  Very flighty keeping at distance
 Too dark and wet for big lens, all taken at 300mm.

A very dark, windy and wet morning on arrival at Ogden 0815 hrs with treacherous walking where the rain had washed the snow off leaving shot ice.
A check of the water for Goldeneye found just the usual small gulls and Mallards and being so dull it was pointless looking for passerines so off to Mixenden.
                                                                               Mixenden was slightly lighter but grey with heavy rain throughout on a stiff WNW>5 though some shelter could be found on the west shoreline.
1 male and 3 female Goldeneye were present on the water along with 9 Mallard but the Gt Crested Grebe had moved on since yesterday.   The Goldeneye were very flighty always keeping to the opposite side of the water even when I was stood in the trees on the west shore.
A small flock of 5 Goldcrest were in trees on the waters edge along with 2 Wrens and a Robin.
                                                                               Around 20 Common and 30 Black Headed gulls were on the water whilst 1 LBB dropped in briefly and 5 Herring gulls headed >SW overhead.
                                                                                 Raggalds Flood was still frozen over whilst around 40 Lapwings were on the hillside field above the Raggalds and 18 Common gulls were on the cricket pitch down Old Guy Road.  No sign of the Moorclose Waxwings as I drove through on the way home. Getting some strange looks from residents now with so many drive throughs, they think Im a kerb crawler.
BS
                                                                       

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice to get a drake Goldeneye there Bri.