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A wandering we go!

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During my wandering over the last few days, with my four legged companion Poppy, we have ventured off the pathways and roads to cross various fields and woodland, close to the Linwood moss road.

All the fields close to the Moss road and the George town road have for many years been used for cultivating rhubarb and had been owned by the Pinkerton family. I have been in Scotland for thirty years plus, and it is only in the last ten or so that some of the fields have been turned to growing garden turf. Some of the fields are very boggy and cannot be used for cultivation. Numerous mole hills can bee seen in these discarded fields. A great area for the raptors to hunt for voles and mice.

The area is quite diverse, with the cultivation of Rhubarb still going on but on a smaller scale.Towards the South end of the Moss road there is a land fill site, with deep lagoons, this does not have or appear to have an adverse effect on the wildlife of the area.

During our walks this week we have seen Roe Deer, Buzzards, Kestrel, Skylarks,Treecreeper, flocks of Greylag geese, Fieldfair, and Bewick swans, and also heard the drumming of woodpeckers but did not spot them.

It is wonderful that so close to Glasgow airport and the conurbation of Linwood that such a vast amount of wildlife can be found without really looking.

See some i phone photographs of the area

So lets batten the hatches down for Storm Doris due tonight, with threatened snow for the low lying areas of Scotland. The highest wind recorded last night was 28 mph at the weather station in the garden, lets see if that will be beaten tomorrow.

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All the bird feeders stocked up and ready to be attacked by the local wildlife.

Linwood community woodland

Attended a focus group meeting on the woodland on Monday at Tweedie hall.

This was hosted by the open spaces project from Edinburgh university.

It was very interesting and was reasonably attended. The thrust of the questions related if the woodland offered any benefits to the community. It was interesting to note that Glasgow airport have helped fund some of the improvements along with the Forestry commission, the upkeep of the woodland now has been transferred to  Renfrewshire council.

http://www.openspace.eca.ed.ac.uk

It will be interesting to see if the recent cutting back of the pathways and the upkeep is kept up.

This area is greatly under used and in my opinion should be promoted locally.

See a couple of photo’s.

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A couple of I phone shots of the Spring starting to show, Wild Cherry blossom and Alder catkins.

Wild and windy over the past few days, strong winds from the East at the beginning of the week, now changed back to the West, making it a little warmer.

A few shots from one of the trail cams at the tree stump feeders, good shots of the Squirrels

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A Glimmer of spring

A brief view of the garden and surrounding areas.

During a walk down the Linwood moss road and through the community woods over the last couple of days. See Link below

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/?woodId=22261&woodName=linwood-community-woodland

The woodpecker was drumming on a distant tree, a good sighting of three Roe deer, two females and a Buck with his antlers starting to grow ready for the rut in late summer. The wild cherry blossom is just starting to bud, and the pussy willow is breaking out with their furry white tips on the branches, preceding the leaves later on in Spring.

There are signs in the garden as well, Blue tits are visiting the birdhouses, the magpies are back and rebuilding their nest high in a beech tree behind the garden.

The frogs are back in the pond no sign of spawn yet,  bit early to start seeing the newt’s though.

A few visitors to the feeders.

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Goldcrest on the fat balls

 

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Goldcrest and Goldfinch

The Goldcrest is europe’s smallest bird, we have two that visit on a regular basis.

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The wonderful colours and pattern of the Starlings feather’s
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Chaffinch in the forefront and the Brambling  in the rear.

 

These two colourful birds often flock together, this was taken by the trail camera as, I had strategically placed it under the fat balls and seed feeders  by the potting shed.

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Two short walks

Walking this morning, weather was around 2 centigrade. Three Roe deer crossed in front of us about 100 yards away. They just stood and looked at the dog and me for a few seconds and then leaped across the bracken into the woods. Later on a fox crossed our path. Image-1.jpg

Walking during the heavy rain and sleet yesterday, great views across the the valley down Castle Semple loch to the Barrloch.IMG_0869.PNG

A short walk just after sunrise

A walk towards the cycle track, heading down Crosslee road, very icy this morning . The temperature about zero centigrade. Along the cycle track towards Brookfield, the chatter of the sparrows in the hedgerows. Off the cycle track onto Sandholes road  towards home. A good view point towards Glasgow and Paisley towards the East, sun just starting to break through the clouds.

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Crossed lines looking towards Glasgow and Paisley

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The birds busy on the feeders this afternoon, braving the increasing South East wind, a good shot of a male Siskin.

Garden predation

Was it a Cat or was it the Sparrowhawk? I think a Cat! There was no evidence of damage to the Siskin, just lying on the floor by the feeders. Typical of a Cat predation, just caught for the sport, unlike the Sparrowhawk that would kill for food and leave only the bare bones and feathers. See link below, apparently no scientific evidence to prove cats are causing decline in Garden birds.

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/community-and-advice/garden-advice/unwantedvisitors/cats/birddeclines.aspx

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Ginger feline