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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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Soil Hill

A bright sunny morning and then, as per norm,  black clouds and an increase in wind by 1500 hrs when I got to Soil Hill. Dark clouds rolled over on a cool SE>5-6 and to make things worse, Dan B had just left the hill and was walking down Taylor Lane with a despondent look on his face which later passed on to me.
                                  Two Skylarks flushed from the second feeding area as I approached to get more Nyjer down whilst a single male Reed Bunting was taking shelter in the mounds. The other pair of Reed Buntings have,nt showed for a while and seemed to have moved on.
The NK pond had a Heron on the banking, another bird which has been absent for a time, whilst a single Teal was on the water skulking under the south shore.
Two Meadow Pipits flushed from the north slope as I checked the area for Woodcock and Snipe and a small flock of 7 Fieldfare headed for Ogden.
                                                                   Looking unlikely now that we,ll have any Snow Buntings this winter but if its any consolation its been the same throughout the country with some of the east coast sights having their worst winter for the species in a long time. By next year ,if the hill is left untouched, I think we,ll be looking for different species up there with another year of growth on the ground and its surprising how many tree saplings are growing.
                                                                    On the way back a check on Raggalds Flood , which has plenty water, just produced 4 Common gulls and 8 Lapwing whilst around 60 Lapwing were on the hillside above the Raggalds but a scan through found no Goldies.
Hope the weekend provides you all with something special.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Well done keeping trying up there guys. Seems like the vegetation is just too long as we did much better when there were plenty bare gravelly areas. ! Some heavy machinery for a day or two might improve things.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats what it needs Dave a slice off the top.