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Twitching

Posted Thursday 1st June 2017 at 20:15 by Green Sandpiper
I'm not a twitcher, I may have mentioned this occasionally, and I'd rather immerse myself in bird- life than spend my scarce free time travelling miles to tick off a bird. Plus, I'm crap at it and have a very low success rat.

So, I'm not a twitcher of birds. But is it possible to be a twitcher of birdwatching sites or places? I don't mean having a dream list of places to go and dealing with the crushing realisation, say, that with three kids I ain't ever going to the skyforests...
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2000 Birders on a Boat

Posted Sunday 7th May 2017 at 19:00 by xmesox
I was recently part of the Flock at Sea 2017 birding cruise, organized by Bird Life South Africa. The cruise saw nearly 2000 birders on board the MSC Sinfonia, as we departed from Cape Town harbour and made our way south into the open oceans. On board was sea birding expert Peter Harrison, acting as a guide along with several of our local experts.

After boarding fairly late in the afternoon of the Monday (24 April), we awoke the next morning where a large number of birders found themselves...
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Old Haunts- Sticking to What You know (pt 2)

Posted Saturday 6th May 2017 at 15:56 by Green Sandpiper
Reasonably flushed with success after my clifftop adventure, I decided to head to Balgavies Loch SWT reserve for Osprey and whatever else I could possibly find. I've been lucky with Osprey, really, since I have only once visited a recognised 'mega- site (och of the Lowes, Loch Garten, etc) and tend to see them in lesser- known places. Balgavies Loch is one such place, with me having visited once before. Unfortunately, actually finding the place remained an issue. I accidentally found Montrose...
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Sticking to what you know

Posted Thursday 27th April 2017 at 18:27 by Green Sandpiper
Not much birding last weekend due to Scout Leader duties, but there was enough in the garden and round about to keep the dark clouds away. Previously, though, did get the chance of a day away in the exotic North- east of Scotland.

Now, I'm not much of a sea watcher, and fields/ moors/ forests are very much my comfort zone- my 'happy place' I go to when the dark clouds gather, but a seabird city visit is a must, I feel, for any birder at least once a year. My first experience of...
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No Place Like Home

Posted Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 17:35 by Green Sandpiper
I've often made a big deal about how Baron's Haugh RSPB is my local patch, and involves a 20 minute drive to get there. I've always felt it was worth it, to immerse myself in what was my first reserve visited, where the wonders of this unassuming place in industrial Motherwell were first laid open to me. I think of ten of the halcyon days of summers past, 6am visits on summer mornings to visit 'warbler corner' and later in the summer for ruff, blackwit, and on more than one occasion, Little Stint....
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