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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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A Tale of 2 RSPB Weekends

Posted Tuesday 15th March 2016 at 17:15 by Green Sandpiper
I'm an RSPB member, I support them, and admire (almost all) of the work they do. This is an almost abstract concept, as much of the time that my birding actively involves the RSPB, I find myself angry, frustrated, and more than a little dispirited.

The past 2 weekends are a case in point. Last week as a family the Green Sands headed to Lochwinnoch reserve- a not insubstantial journey of an hour or so from our home nest. It was Mother's Day, and the wife lies the place, meaning...
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Perceptions: 2 days birding

Posted Sunday 7th February 2016 at 18:02 by Green Sandpiper
During Janunary, as I've noted, birding days were few and far between (and I write this having been housebound by parenting duties all day!) and every tick was hard- earned.

Eventually, late in the month, I had the chance of getting out to one of my less-well used sites, to get fresh air and mud on my boots. This site, at the Clyde estuary, is renowned for waders, seaducks and divers, and is a place I sadly often overlook in favour of similar (but more exotic) sites in the East....
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Birding year so far...February 2016

Posted Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 18:05 by Green Sandpiper
Its commonly accepted that I moan a lot. I'm a tad grumpy, and suffer chronically from short-person syndrome. This isn't usually a problem, as I generally like myself. January this year brought out the worst grumpiness in me for many a year.

The start of the month was without not only any big days out, it was, to my mind, without any decent birding at all. PArtly family commitments, partly sleeping in on a Sunday- my birding day- it wasn't a great start. Any tick I got I had...
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Prodigal Birding- Baron's Haugh 17th January 2016

Posted Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 19:17 by Green Sandpiper
You may have noticed over time that I have strange views on birding- I referred to birding 'purity' recently in attaching restrictions to what I could tick and couldn't tick at Hogganfield Loch, fr example.

Anyway, my Big Days Out over the past year or so have, sadly, come at the expense of birding in my local patch. By local patch, I mean either CAthkin Marsh SWT or RSPB Baron's Haugh. Both, incidentally, are a 20 minute drive from my house, and I therefore have local patches which...
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New Year Resolution

Posted Sunday 17th January 2016 at 01:26 by Green Sandpiper
I'm a terrible blogger.....

There, I said it. I'm lackadaisical, forgetful, and even when I DO remember, I don't always make much sense.

2016, though, is going to be different.

Its certainly started off different. While the past few years have started with a bang, with trips on New years day and throughout the start of the month, this January has been very, very quiet. No big days out on Ne'er Day, and so far, only a couple of medium days out- at best....
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