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No wildlife sightings including Roe Deer, Fox, Hare or Badger will be mentioned on this blog throughout the year due to the rising influx of poaching, long dogging and lamping by sick individuals.
BS

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With birds already starting nesting early this year any birds of a sensitive nature will be omitted from this blog if I suspect their being mentioned could effect their well being by disturbance in any way during the nesting season. Passage birds will be reported as normal.
BS

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cold Edge Dams.

            Barnacle, not easy to find at first.

             No sign of the yellow ringed Barnacle as yet.
                                4f Tufted, Leadbeater Dam
                                             1m Tufted.
             2 Greylag in with 45 Canadas and the Barnacle.

Early morning and I could see the bank of fog over Fly Flatts as I drove up there but all around was clear so I took a chance that it would lift. Wrong,! After 30 minutes checking the seed and as much of the water as I could see the fog was getting thicker coming across the moor on a moderate SSW>5.
                                                With Fly Flatts abandoned I dropped down to Cold Edge which was just below the cloud base though dark and drizzly but birdable.
                                                A scan of the goose field soon produced the Barnacle, which was almost hidden behind a mound of soil , along with 45 Canadas and 2 Greylag but strangely no Curlew or Oystercatcher which are usually back in this field by now.
A walk up the track to the boathouse failed to produce DJSs Stonechats whilst back at Leadbeater Dam 4 female and 1 male Tufted were present as well as a few small gulls and Mallards with plenty small gulls in the fields.
Around 10 Fieldfare were in the trees by the Delvers on my way home.
BS