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Knowledge and Expectation

Posted Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 18:41 by Green Sandpiper
We all make a big deal about our knowledge, or gen. Whether its about a particular species, or a particular area, 'gen' is one of our most valued commodities. But what happens when this knowledge turns the hope of a good day out into the expectation of a good day out? Is a little bit of knowledge a dangerous thing?

Take last weekend. Boss- chick had allowed me free rein on the saturday to have a full day out. I set my sights on Musselburgh and my first trip to SCotland's east...
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Waxwing Encounter

Posted Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 21:53 by Jonathan Mitchell
It took 4 years, 22 days, 2 hours, and 20 minutes, but I have done it at last. At 16:10 today, I had my second ever encounter with a Waxwing.

In 2012, when I was relatively new to birdwatching, I came across their page in my book, and from that moment on I wanted to see one. When I saw in the papers in November that it was an invasion year, I became obsessed with them. I lived and breathed Waxwings, and could think of nothing else for weeks on end. I had only ever seen them in books,...
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Staying Local

Posted Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 19:12 by Green Sandpiper
after the Big Day Out at the start of the month, I've had a couple of quiet weekends. A flying visit to Baron's Haugh was mildly dissatisfying as it was relatively quiet. I tend to have an idealised view of the Haugh as a birding haven, which more often than not isn't borne out by experience. Still, did manage to add long- tailed tit and siskin to my year list.

A later visit to CAthkin Marsh SWT reserve got me kestrel for the list, nothing else, but some unwanted attention from...
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Cold outside, so let them come to me.

Posted Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 18:19 by Kildale
It is cold, but I enjoy feeding the birds from inside the house.
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Big Day Out in Dumfries and Galloway

Posted Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 17:43 by Green Sandpiper
Three wise Men Reach Dumfries and Galloway.

New Year, new list, new hopes, and determination to make this a good birding year. After the relative disappointment of 2016’s year total (for the first time I failed to beat the previous year, and worse still, much of the birding I had done had been scrappy and unfulfilling) I was determined that 2017 would see me get back on track.

11 year ticks on New Year’s Day- traditionally a non- birding day for me- was enhanced by...
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