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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.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ogden/ Old Guy Road.

A glorious mid afternoon at Ogden with blue skies, sunshine and dead calm conditions though very little bird life.
15 Fieldfare were on the wires at the top of Ned Hill with a Kestrel hovering nearby and around 100 small gulls in the fields.
The water at Ogden was disappointing with just the usual small gulls and Mallards whilst a walk around the perimeter just found the one Goldcrest along with Robins, Dunnocks and Wrens.
The sun was on passerine alley but strangely all the activity was on the cold dark west bank with a flock of 18 Goldfinch and 3 Bullfinch up in the Alders but no Siskin mixed in. The Chaffinch flock along with Brambling have left the area not being seen since late autumn.
                                                        Early morning over Queensbury found a steady flow of Herring gulls >S and >SW along with 7 Mistle Thrush high and >E.

Raggalds Flood has plenty water but only 2 Common gulls whilst the Pit Lane Lapwing flock have not been present there for a few days now.
Old Guy Rd cricket pitch held 2 Pied Wagtails and 3 Meadow Pipits whilst 4 Mistle Thrush were on the wires.
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