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I’ve 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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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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Wise Men Head East- A Tale Of 3 Birders.

Posted Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 01:47 by Green Sandpiper
Its been a strange year, ticklist struggling to be called ‘adequate’ too many weekends lost to birding, and even then, terrible luck leaving me counting down the days until going through it all again the next weekend.

It was with a jolt that I realised that the 3 Wise Men of South Lanarshire had only had one big day out together this year- 2 Wise Men With One Wallpapering The Living Room doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Fortunately- or unfortunately- my poor year had...
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Envy.....

Posted Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 18:15 by Green Sandpiper
...is a terrible thing. I've sat many an evening, and worse, many an afternoon, dreaming of being out, of throwing sandwiches into a rucksack, and heading off somewhere, anywhere, to get my birding fix. My birding friends, and social media contacts, keep me up to date with what they get up to, and I try to bird vicariously through them. Worse, everyone bar me seems to have a spouse or partner who is at least sympathetic to the urge, no, the need, to immerse ourselves in all things aviform. I...
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The wonders of making do

Posted Monday 23rd May 2016 at 18:55 by Green Sandpiper
Its possible that I've mentioned occasionally that this has been a frustrating year. Too many demands on limited time, a faltering year list, and general low mood have prevented me not only from getting out, but even impacted on my social media birding.

Giving myself another shake, I vowed to myself that whenever birding opportunities- no matter how awkward or unlikely- cropped up, I needed to seize them.

Thus, last Monday, I found myself in North Glasgow on a brief...
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Last chance to see.....

Posted Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 02:13 by Green Sandpiper
Its been a really bitty year, with birding restricted, and too many Sundays (my normal birding day) have been spent doing things I don't want to.

ANyway, last week found myself slightly demotivated at work and buggered off at 1pm, determined to get some birding in. I wouldn't say that it was pre- planned, but I did have binos in my bag.

Logistics, and a tip off from my birding mate Bluebill, meant I had to stay local. My targets were whitethroat and swift, with both...
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