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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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A far too windy Soil Hill

1500 hrs and what seemed to be a pleasant afternoon soon altered when I reached the summit of Soil Hill. It was just as sunny with blue skies but a strong SW>5-6 gusting across the tops.
                                                              Visibility was poor up to yesterday with around 30 miles to the NE, Ingleborough just visible through the haze to the N and Saddleworth Moor to the S. Looking west is restricted to Stoodley Pike beyond which the land drops off .
                                                        Several Greylag geese were moving >N way out across the Aire Valley with 32 counted in threes and fours whilst LBB gulls again headed >SW. A single Cormorant headed >N high above the wind turbines whilst 2 Hirundines followed on the same track a few minutes later but too distant and fast to split  House or Sand Martin.
                                                         The hill just held the usual Skylarks and Meadow Pipits with an addition to the NK pond of at least 7 Mallard ducklings. Luckily for them the local Heron has moved on now that its finished off all the frog spawn.
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