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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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Soil Hill


            Mallards on Soil Hill

         Plenty Frogspawn out now but still chance of freezing.

A hazy Soil Hill late p.m. with visibility down to 2 miles and low cloud overhead with very little breeze. Another dark, non photographic day so nothing to test the Nikon on other than a pair of Mallards on the top pool which you could have taken with a Brownie 127, for those of you old enough to remember them.
The ponds are now filling up with frog spawn at the risk of still a good chance of freezing plus the local Heron hanging around.
With Snow Bunting now on the very unlikely list it was a change of tactics checking the north slope and Ring Ouzel clough for early returning Wheatear and Ring Ouzel  although it is usually into April when both these species turn up.
Otherwise it was down to the usual Skylarks, Meadow Pipits etc with 3 Herring gull overhead heading for Oxenhope where the gull roost will soon be breaking up now unless it has already done so.
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