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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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Volunteer For Almost Nothing.....Clyde Atlas NS66F

Posted Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 16:33 by Green Sandpiper
I used to stick to the 'volunteer for nothing' adage, but appear to have abandoned it if birding is involved. You may remember last year I was sweet- talked by Jimmy Maxwell into doing a tetrad for the ongoing Clyde Atlas? I cheekily combined it with my squares for the Winter Thrush survey (see, already two things I volunteered for). Anyway, Jimmy recently contacted me and pointed out that Uddingston, my local patch, was pretty well covered, but that there were some squares utterly devoid of...
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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together....

Posted Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 19:46 by Green Sandpiper
mostly because it happens so rarely.

As you've probably learned by now, I'm a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to birding. I'm not a twitcher, but...I sometimes twitch, for example. Also, I've managed to exceed last year's tick total, gaining a handful of lifers whilst dipping on some fairly easy birds i had expected to get (cuckoo, spot fly, and kingfisher)

Anyway, as I'm always on the lookout for lifer ticks, and as there are so many 'common' birds I have yet to...
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Dumfries and Galloway Big Day Out (2)

Posted Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 10:22 by Green Sandpiper
So, we've been to Ken- Dee, we're still bewildered at having travelled down at silly o' clock, and still on a high after getting great views of the Kite. Sat Nav duly programmed for Caerlaverock, and the twitch is on. (It wsan't really a twitch for the GW teal, since I was going there anyway......)

Straight out from the reserve we get another kit, sitting in a tree, cue much pointing out of car windows, screechign to a halt in the middle of the road, and many, many furious galloway...
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Dumfries and Galloway Big Day Out (1)

Posted Tuesday 19th November 2013 at 17:12 by Green Sandpiper
I’m not one for travelling far and wide, but as part of my 40th birthday celebrations, Boss chick agreed to me going off to D&G for a ‘big day.’ Originally, the plan was for a ‘Big 2 Days’ involving sleeping in the car, flasks of soup, etc, but Boss chick killed that idea off pretty quickly.

Anyway, the scene was set for my ‘Big Day’ and with typical GreenSand precision I researched the best places to go to maximise the birding opportunities. Alas, with typical Green Sand...
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Men plan.....

Posted Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 18:16 by Green Sandpiper
I like planning things, I like having ambitious plans, and for them to come to fruition. I've mentioned before, though, that on occasion I've not been very good at this whole planning thing- forgetting to check tide times on coastal trips, for example.

I don't like birding on the hoof, I like my weekends to go birding, it gives me something to look forward to during the drudgery of the working week. Cue discomfort then, when the weekend comes and my long- dreamt of full day birding...
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