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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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Back on Ogden skywatch

With conditions the same as yesterday, strong SW>5-6 and 9 deg temperatures after a morning of rain it was back to Ogden early evening to check for a continuation of yesterdays gull movement and still with Tern being the target bird even though it is a week or so early.
                                                     This evening was a different story altogether with absolutely nothing in the sky in the way of gulls or waders although passerines were livelier with 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaff , 1m Bullfinch and around 9 Chaffinch other than the usual Tits etc but all very mobile in the strong wind.
With just Mallards and Canadas on the water it will have to go down as a pleasant dog walk and wait for the megas another day.
                                       Raggalds flood on the return journey held the usual 2 Redshank.
With my first local Swallows in previous years being :-
              2012............4/4
              2013.............9/4
              2014.............10/4
              2015.............8/4
              2016.............10/4
             2017............. Yet to be recorded !
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