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Ive lived in Lanarkshire all of my 40 years, and in that time I have seen my local area change beyond all recognition, and definitely not for the better. From the appearance of massive identikit housing estates where rolling fields once rang to the song of yellowhammers, the inexorable process of urbanisation goes on as the local authorities undertake a concerted effort to eradicate every sign of nature- or so it seems. The nature- filled halcyon days of my childhood are a swiftly receding memory, replaced by the creeping horror of what is replacing them. Its important, I think, to highlight what we, as nature lovers in general and bird lovers in particular, still have, for the moment at least.
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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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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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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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