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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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ogden p.m.

                                                 A grim Ogden
                                BHGs didnt seem to mind it.

                         Dipper way down in the sluice gate area.

         Iffy distant shots in heavy drizzle. Canon bridge 60x


A foggy start to the morning then by mid morning the fog cleared and it brightened into what looked like the making of a good day. That was until I,d nearly finished work at midday then down came the rain, heavy at first then a strong WNW >5 with horizontal drizzle throughout.
                                                                  1445-1530 hrs at Ogden was horrendous with heavy drizzle blasting across the water but the reservoir,s always worth checking in these conditions for anything dropping in.
A high number of small gulls were on the water with around 150, 75 % being Black Headed and 25 % being Commons whilst a trickle of Lesser Black Backs went >N overhead. Otherwise it was down to Mallards in the feeding area.
A ray of sunshine on a rainy day when I checked the sluice gate area and found the Dipper after a long absence . It seems to spend most of its time downstream now so it was a bonus to have it back.
                                                                          With a vet appointment looming I,d no time to wait to see if the Bramblings came in to roost but with the conditions as they were I dont think they would have hung around in the tree tops very long.
BS

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