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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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Movement over Ogden. pm

                                                    Whimbrel >NW over the water






               27 LBB gulls all >NW some staying briefly on water




Ogden, 1600 hrs Strong to near gale WNW>6 cold but bright.

With the drop in temperature and the strong WNW wind I thought I may have a good chance of Tern at Ogden and at least it kept the crowds away. A full anti clockwise walk around the perimeter found it quiet passerine wise with birds probable dropping deeper into the wood to avoid the wind.
By the time Id got to the west bank I,d collected 6 Canadas, 1 drake Tufted and the usual Mallards plus a few Gt Tits and that was it.
                                                      Suddenly gulls started coming over from the direction of Mixenden reservoir all heading >NW into the wind. These were mainly Lesser Black Backed, at least 3 of these being very dark mantled of the continental race  Intermedius . Some came down on the water briefly before moving off again with a total of 27 passing through in around 15 minutes. Four Herring gulls were amongst them and a single Black Headed which, for a heart stopping second, I thought was a Tern.
Whilst this wave of excitement was going on I picked up a wader very distant down the valley  heading towards me which at first I put down as a Redshank with fast  erratic wing beats but as it got closer I said Curlew until it let out 3 piercing whistles and by this time I could pick out the short bill and crown head pattern, Whimbrel. It never got as far as the 7 whistle call but I had enough on it now as it skimmed over the plantation in the same direction as the gulls.
                                                                         After that , all was quiet again with not another gull in sight but that 15 minutes certainly livened Ogden up.
BS

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