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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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ogden reservoir

                         Practice shot, distant f Chaffinch.
  Mega Goosanders 3m 5f. Record shots full length
                         of reservoir




                                               27 Canadas
                            Blue water. All pics Nikon P900

0715 hrs and thick fog so a trip to Fly Flatts was aborted and replaced with Ogden which was misty and wet but cleared by 1830 hrs.
The water was quiet and the track around the edge was thick of bog so , not wanting to bath Ollie later, I walked up the Withins track where I rarely get any birds, this morning being no exception.
Plenty Chaffinch and Robins all in song with Blackbirds gathering nest material.
Near the top of the plantation an active little group of 8 Siskin flew out of the Alders, did a circuit and back in again not to be re located.
                                                           Nothing sky wise over the golf course so headed back to the prom where I started to pick out Goosanders at the very north end of the water, these being fresh in from earlier along with 27 Canadas which were probably the Mixenden birds.
The Goosanders were sticking up at the north end and no time to walk round now so a few record shots with a count of 3 male and 5 female, a good sighting for Ogden.
BS

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