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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 24, 2017

Ogden p.m.

 Jay,unusually half out in the open

               Around 8 Willow Warblers ..









             A few Mallards ducklings around
                                               Tufted now a long stayer
                       Who mentioned ducklings ? Heron

1600 hrs and a walk around the water at a very blustery Ogden with a NW>5 but bright and clear.
                                                        Willow Warblers were active with 8 seperate birds , some singing and displaying whilst 2 Treecreepers which, as usual ,avoided the camera, were in the edge of the wood. A single Jay was noisy and a Heron patrolled the waters edge dangerously close to a small party of Mallard ducklings. The Common Sandpiper was still present which flushed from the NE corner flying over to the west bank and 2 Raven cronked overhead whilst unfortunately I was under a canopy of trees at the time.
                                           A single Grey Wagtail was down in the sluice gate where the Kingfisher has,nt been seen for some time now and has obviously moved off to a breeding site. 1 Cormorant on the depth gauge float and the resident drake Tufted completed the show.
                                                             Whilst typing this an usual sight of 2 grit wagons going passed spreading salt on the road which means its probably going to be a decent day tomorrow. We only get gritters out up here in the gods during good weather or when we are approaching an election.
BS

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