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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.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leeshaw reservoir

                                           Several Lapwing chicks
        Hard looking for Terns with Black Headeds about
                                         Herring gulls >W


             Always Cormorant present
   As expected, Swifts piling through

0700 hrs at Leeshaw on a better morning with a light E>4 and cloudy sunshine.
                                                               Plenty to watch throughout though nothing special in the way of Terns or waders.  Unusual to have Black Headed gulls around at this time of year which made Tern watching difficult . A Cuckoo was calling well in the small plantation on the moor whilst Herring gulls headed >W high overhead.
As expected Swallows were everywhere feeding over the water whilst Swifts piled through in waves, some over the water but generally very high.
                                                                       Plenty Lapwing chicks in the fields but strangely no small waders on the ample shoreline.

3 Snipe
3 Redshank
7 Oystercatchers
5 Snipe
c 40 Swifts
6 Herring gulls.............>W
4 Pied Wagtails
7 Black Headed gulls
2 LBB gulls
1 Cormorant
Sev Swallows
8 House Martin
sev Lapwing chicks
+ usual sp.
BS

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