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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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pit Lane/Soil Hill 1445-1600 hrs.

         Pit Lane, a mass of Starlings.







              The Stoodley Pike horizon used as a flight path
for Pink Footed Geese >NW and Herring gulls >SSW
                                   From Soil Hill.

1445 hrs and a biting ENE>5 with dark clouds and light snow showers.
First stop Pit Lane to check the football pitches which were buzzing with bird life.
Around 300 Starlings were feeding along with 182 Lapwing , 5 BH gulls and 15 Commons but no Goldies in with them.
                                  On then to Soil Hill where we seem to be down to 6 Skylark unless the others were keeping their heads down in the wind, whilst the female Stonechat showed briefly around the stone circle.  3 Meadow Pipit were on the west summit and a Common Snipe flushed and disappeared over the north slope.
2 Grey Partridge were at the top of the tree line with around 8 Fieldfare near the bottom of the Alders.
The Heron had gone back to the NK pond now that the top scrapes are frozen.
                                     Herring gulls were again on the move following the same flight path as Sunday along the Stoodley Pike landscape with around 30 >SSW.
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