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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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Not so Good Friday, Leeshaw.

    Around 100 Golden Plover still at Upper Marsh
           Excuse photos peering through fog and rain.
                           2 Dippers down by the overflow

     A mixture of Herring and LBB moving through.
 
 This solitary BHG in the mist had me thinking Tern briefly.

0700 hrs Leeshaw Reservoir in heavy rain then drizzle with low scud clouds eventually dropping down as fog aborting the watch at 0930 hrs.

Around 100 out of the 300+ Goldies were still in the Upper Marsh field, possibly more further back in the mist. Another week or so and they,ll be back on the moor.
The water was quiet with the usual Greylag, Canada and Mallard along with a pair of Teal whilst wader wise there were Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Snipe and Curlew present.
                                                                  The resident Little Owl was on the sheltered side of the wall with 2 Dippers which flew from the overflow down stream.
A mixture of LBB and Herring passed through briefly dropping onto the water whilst for one heart stopping minute a suspected Tern  ended up as a single Black Headed gull.
                                                                  Typical Bank Holiday weather giving me and the dogs a good soaking but good weather for water birds passing through. 0930 hrs and fogged off.

c100 Golden Plover
3 Oystercatcher
4 Redshank
Little Owl
2 Dipper
1pr Teal
1 Heron
7 Herring gull
16 LBB gull
1 BHG gull
2 Snipe
+ usual Curlew, Lapwing, etc

Strangely not a Hirundine in sight . Received a text from PT who had his first Swallow of the year by Coley church on Wednesday.
BS

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