Archive for May, 2011

I well remember the library opening in Eaglesham in the 60's, our house didn't have¬† any readable children's books. The library's written words in accessible books made me a reader, a learner, an open door to understanding. Audio books? books on Kindle? who cares just absorb¬† more words. Words waiting Hidden on closed pages Latent power, latent influence Just words; waiting Waiting to be read Waiting to be understood Poetic words; patiently proscribed Novel words; creative Factual words; educative But just print on a page In your language Waiting to be read Waiting to be understood…
With trepidation after the gale force winds of Sunday and Monday, I was fully aware that the eyrie might not be there in it's entirety. It was, and at 5.30am my erratic blood pressure was calmed by the sight of her on the eyrie and him perched nearby. What was more the tree sparrows, both of them, were moving in and out of the eyrie, so I presume now feeding chicks. Two nests in one! Can't report anything much happening in the next hour. However on the Sunday I went out twice and in very windy conditions,…

May 22nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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What windy and showery weather, not the best for an Osprey to be born into, but I seriously consider my pair now have chick/chicks. The female is shuffling around and sitting high in the cup, she is also putting her head way down between her legs. Today, Sunday 22nd she had an off the nest surveillance of what was below her whilst having a wing flap, exercise? shedding water? There is no doubt her behaviour has changed. The male also, when a crow landed near the nest site, it was quickly dispatched with some brilliant aeronautics emphasised by the windy…
http://www.tie.ltd.uk/tie_key.html click on the above to see the key personnel, well minus Mr Jeffrey, who bailed out today. The city of Edinburgh council have gagged the successful contractor Bilfinger Berger, so we will all receive a one sided account, and furthermore TIE have spent 80% of the budgeted sum and are now considering whether to continue with the project or not. WHAT A BLOOMING SCANDAL The Burghers of Edinburgh should be more reactionary and bringing those councillors who voted for this obviously ill thought out scheme to account. At the very least all those who voted for approval of this…

May 11th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://climatecodered.blogspot.com/2010/01/pine-island-glacier-loss-must-force.html use link, and yes there are probably too many climate warnings and failed global meetings for this or any other disaster climate warnings to be heeded. But surely there is now ( apart from G W Bush and followers) a realisation, in the West,¬† that the planets climate is changing, it is more unpredictable and the cause is rising CO2 levels. From the failed global meetings, emergent nations are not going to voluntary reduce their economic advancement in line with the the emerged nations wishes who have obtained economic strength by the present levels of CO2. They are on…
Whitethroat back in usual place, thought I heard the green woodpecker again but was not "fully listening" as I was watching an Osprey on the nest and large storm clouds approaching. On a fence post was the other Osprey with a trout, so assuming the fence post one was a male I awaited it's delivery to the nest as the trout was really half a trout, and I wanted to see a crossover, male to female.¬† The Osprey did take off and with pursuing crows swooped towards the nest but landed below the eyrie and out of sight. However after…
740 miles from home to Kidderminster and back, to pick up the FWD from Dynatest¬† where it's poor near broken back had to be welded. Unlike my friend Len, who would snort with derision that a round trip of such length is to be approached with plentiful good sleep and a crate of red bull on the passenger seat, I set off with a crate of red bull in the passenger seat. So with a bit of pre-planning I had both the very expensive apple earphones and the said ipod too, this in anticipation of turning off the Freelanders radio…
Observations over two days ending Sunday 1/5/11 Pinkfoot geese still around, counted 100 odd flighting to the water, there is a good east wind blowing, you would have thought they would be off. No Green woodpecker this weekend but as ever heard the GS variety, not drumming, just "cheeping". Sedge warblers now joining chiffchaffs and willows, think I heard a blackcap but not familiar enough with their song, no sign yet of the usual resident whitethroat.¬† On the Osprey front the male has no leg rings so is a new partner to (the same female?) who knows? Thought he looked…
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