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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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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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cold Edge Dams

           A new Barnacle goose for the area.

                 Sporting a yellow leg band
                 2 Female Goldeneye on the Leadbeater Dam



                                     Oystercatcher

                       Centre of attraction
                                                                Jewellery


        At distance and in grass as well as amongst
                                  106 Canadas
                2 Cameras and 126 photos to get the digits

1430 hrs and a cold and windy Cold Edge Dam with cloudy skies and a fresh W>6 raising to near gale W>7 up on the banking.
With a report from Calderbirds of 2 Barnacles present at the weekend , one with a leg ring, I thought I,d better check it out and luckily the flock of 106 Canadas were all together by the Spring Mill Dam with just 1 Barnacle present. At such a distance as well as in grass and surrounded by Canadas and Mallards it took a while to even see if it had a ring and then a whole stack of photos to get the digits. I should have had the scope with me but never have when I need it. I,ve sent the details off so should have a record of the bird within a week.
                                                                A single Little Grebe showed itself briefly on the Spring Mill Dam but then disappeared into the reeds not to be seen again.
A check on Leadbeater dam produced 2 female Goldeneye in a gale force wind and water like the North sea whilst an Oystercatcher appeared landing on a rock in the water. Since I got home and checked through the photos it was actually on one of the first photos by Spring Mill Dam which I failed to pick it out concentrating on the Barnacle.
                                                            Nice to talk to a resident of Cold Edge as he passed in his car telling me he had both Barnacles at the weekend but only seen one since.  The other bird is possible our old friend Barnie but we,ve no way of knowing.
BS

3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Another great report Bri. Nice one with the Barnacle Goose info - worth the cost of a decent lens !
It will be interesting, hopefully to find out maybe the birds origin.

David Sutcliffe said...

Spitsbergen, Greenland.... (or a local feral flock!!!) - the former would be amazing..

Brian Sumner . said...

Usually takes about 4 days, will pass it on as soon as I get a reply.
Well done with the nest boxes today.
I should think you,ll get a quick reply from Judy.