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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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ogden, p.m.

                                                                     Jay

                                         3 LBB gulls present
 This female Mallard with 2 chicks seemed very
distressed being harassed by several drakes.

                        Willow Warblers were in good  voice



           Drakes lncluding the Tufted around the female
   3 LBBs with an eye on the ducklings

 The resident Tufted has gone for the easy life
           taking bread.
                       
                      Male Bullfinch after the new buds.


1500 hrs at Ogden in a W>4 and a noticeable rise in temperature , sunshine and showers.
                                                                                    Several Willow Warblers up in full song but no sign of any other migrants as yet. Most of the female Mallard are now absent with just the drakes left and harassing the 2 or 3 remaining females, 2 of which have ducklings. Most of the first batch of duckling are missing but not surprisingly with Lesser Black Backed gulls, Heron and Carrion Crows on the prowl.
A single male Bullfinch was present with possibly the female at nest.
                                                                    2 herring gull headed over >W along with 3 Curlew, otherwise just the usual sp. with no sign of the previous Common Sandpiper.
1 pair of Wheatear and a Kestrel were near the Ned Hill track.
BS

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