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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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back to Reality

With the Mixenden Whoopers and the Ringby Snow Bunting all moved on it was up to Ringby late afternoon in a hope of going out of February in style with something like a Shorelark or even a good fly over, neither of which developed.
                                                        As I arrived up there the low scud clouds swept in bringing rain, sleet and snow which eventually settled down to a light drizzle on a SW>4.
After a sweep of the Snow Bunt field, again confirming the bird had flown, I trekked on in thick mud, like walking in rice pudding, to check the Yellow Wag field for Larks but only came up with Pied Wags and Skylarks.
A pair of Stonechat were very mobile whilst 14 Meadow Pipits were in the quarry. Overhead was the usual Common gulls with a few LBBs and Herrings heading >W whilst a Sparrowhawk soared up in the mist.
So here endeth February and on into March, a real cross over month with winter birds leaving and summer birds trickling in, a month where anything can happen.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Hec - it was cold up on Swales this morning too. Shame the SB seems to have gone but didn't we enjoy it while it was there (probably moved on to Soil Hill !!!
I did the mud-bath walk as well this morning but only got a single mipit in the Y/Wag field. It looks to have potential now the sheep have cropped it close and always worth checking.