Rhubarb,more Rhubarb and Grass.

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.

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.

Birds in the garden

A very busy day on the feeders today 30th January, many varieties of birds visiting.

Goldfinch and Siskin on the Niger seed feeder

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Poor photograph of male sparrow hawk, taken quickly through window at an oblique angle, it swooped down but did not get a strike. The throngs of birds scattered and it rested for about 30 seconds or so on top of the Kilmarnock willow at the pond side

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Todays weather, very wet see link to my weather station.

Houston West of Glasgow Scotland Weather | Personal Weather Station: IRENFREW9 by Wunderground.com | Weather Underground

A return to the blog

I have not posted for some time/ years!

I now have time. Retired at Christmas 2016. So the more time to waste.

I hope to post daily starting in February, this will be solely based around our wildlife garden in the west of Scotland. I hope to include daily weather results and a daily record of wildlife seen within the garden. This will include photographs and video.

I will link this site again with Twitter and Face book.