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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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cold Edge Dams and of course Fly Flatts.

     blackout, dark clouds over Fly Flatts.

1530 hrs at Cold Edge Dams in a brisk S>4 and specks of rain as dark clouds rolled over.
                                                             Only a slight area of shoreline in the SE corner of Leadbeater Dam and the beach at the boat launching area of Haigh Cote dam. Nothing but Mallards on the top dam whilst Leadbeater Dam held 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and 2 Oystercatchers with a pair of Tufted duck on the water. Swifts were everywhere along with Swallows, probably helped along with the south wind but nothing else exciting coming through.
                                                             I was going to miss Fly Flatts today but being close and cloudy skies the magnetic pull got me so off I went. As always at Fly I had a pleasant hours walk about although the birds were the same as yesterdays visit apart from 3 Dunlin which flew fast and low across the water from the west banking to the east.
                                                               No chance of photos today with the sky as black as night as large dark clouds rolled over the moor bringing light rain showers for a time . Snipe were noisy this evening with at least 4 chipping from the reed beds on the moor whilst Lapwings were up busily warning off everything that moved.
A pair of Wheatear that stayed behind when others had left had me thinking they were going to breed in the area even selecting a small burrow but after watching them for about 2 weeks they have finally given up the idea and moved on , not being seen for 3 days now.
                                                            On a sad note, the early morning and evening visits I have been making lately have failed to produce a single Short Eared Owl whereas 2 years ago we had 5 breeding pairs in the area . Now all the adult birds and young have disappeared under suspicious circumstances, its hard to believe that they would all have moved on out of the area.
                                                           As I was leaving a Cuckoo was calling from what sounded like the Castle Carr area but sound travels up there so it could even have been in the Luddenden valley.
The Nolstar field just held 2 Curlew and a Pied Wagtail.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Great report as usual Br. Kestrels in short supply as well as 'shorties' !

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave, they,re usually all along the top road. Maybe its a Mouse/ Shrew shortage.