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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 13, 2017

Pit Lane/ Soil Hill, p.m.



             Lapwings, Starlings and gulls on the football pitches

             Soil Hill Skylarks up singing






  Soil Hill Heron checking out the ponds

1430 hrs and a trip up Soil Hill with bright sunshine and blue sky above but very misty beyond around 2 mile visibility. A cool E>5 was blowing but most of the snow had thawed.
                                                     Not good enough conditions for sky watching apart from straight above so a scout around the summits was the next move. The Heron was still hanging around the top ponds on frog spawn watch whilst 7 Skylarks were on the Nyjer , two of which went up singing.
The pair of Stonechats were briefly by the stone circle as well as the male Reed Bunting and 5 Meadow Pipits were mobile around the west summit.
                                                             Down on the NK pond field there were around 100 Lapwing with at least 4 Golden Plover in with them as well as about 50 Starling.
                                                                A stop off at Pit Lane on the way home found 147 Lapwing with around 50 Starling and a few small gulls but no Goldies at this site.

Just got report of c20 Brambling in trees by the car park at Ogden 1615 hrs today. Thanks to Larry Darigan.
BS


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