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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.
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 25, 2017

The night shift. Soil Hill.


                                                  Soil Hill watch point

                                           Big Bertha on standby.
                           NK pond, 3 Mallard, 1pr Teal, 1 Moorhen.
                 Kestrel enjoying the thermals


   Herring gulls piling through the col

Snagged up until 1700 hrs tonight but ideal moving skies with a light breeze E>3 so back to the Soil Hill watch point until 1800 hrs and sun down.
Birds present were 37 Lapwing, 4 Curlew and 11 Stock doves in the NK pond field whilst the pond held 3 drake Mallards, 1pr Teal and a single Moorhen. The summit had the usual Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
                         Visibility was better than yesterdays watch with the Yorkshire dales just visible through a low lying haze cloud to the north although viewing was hard to the west due to the low sun.
Three Kestrels were up over the ridge whilst the Fly Flatts Golden Plover flock of around 100+ kept showing from time to time around the wind farm.
                         The highlight of the hour was Herring gulls piling through the Causeway Foot col from the south heading over Oxenhope reservoir , then, as if they suddenly realized the gull roost had broken up, they turned and headed >E probably to Eccup reservoir. A count of 109 went through in the hour and as far as I could make out they were all Herrings. Still no Osprey but theres time yet.
                                                                             Dont forget to put your clocks on tonight which gives you 1 hour less in bed but 1 hour less to wait to the morning birding session.
I hope all you Mothers out there have a good and restful day tomorrow.
BS


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