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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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ogden / Fly Flatts.

                              Another Mallard brood for Ogden
                     They,re going to need a lot of luck.
  Scumbags destroy another victims car near the
                    Nolstar field
                                     Plenty Swallows around

 This little Lapwing chick ran across the track at Fly Flatts
then crouched down thinking I could,nt see it.


               SE shoreline on its way.
                         1 of 5 Redshank

       Curlews gone quiet now as they nest on the moor
                                    Peaceful waters.
            A different scene to last night, calm water.

An hour to kill after dinner and the dogs to walk so off for a once around Ogden which was extremely quiet even with the wind dropped and temperature up.
                                                                                Another brood of 8 Mallard ducklings looking very vulnerable with Crows, LBB gulls and Herons in the area, lets hope they,re lucky.
Otherwise it was down to the usual with plenty Willow Warblers, Robins and Wrens but no Blackcap or Garden Warbler.
Several Swallows were feeding over the water whilst Swifts moved >NE high up in the blue sky.

1530 hrs and back to Fly Flatts on a beautiful evening with wall to wall sunshine and a light NE>3.
                                                                    Swifts were piling through >NE along with Swallows and a few House Martins but still no Sand Martin. Lapwings were active , annoyed at my presence , with 1 very young chick dashing across the track in front of me then crouching down thinking it was invisible.
A walk the length of the west bank found several waders acting like new in birds , very fidgety and not letting you get within 50 yards of them, with 14 Common Sandpiper and 5 Redshank. Several scoped on the east bank could have been some of the same birds, but no Dunlin tonight. Two fly over Snipe and 3 Oystercatcher brought the wader total to 6 species if you include Curlew and Lapwing.
                                                                Golden Plover were calling from the moor but the Nolstar field was again deserted.
Several LBB gulls patrolling the moor and 2 sub adult Herring gulls >NE but not a Tern in sight.
                                It must be my Tern soon.
Thanks to DJS for helping with the Nyjer seed on an earlier visit today, see his report on Calderbirds.

Thanks also to Gordon at Skipton for informing me of the Stone Curlew at Blackstone Edge today, did anyone get up there for it ?
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice one with the Lapwing chick.