Dec 12th by Ian under Bird Watching

I have now stayed around Perth for 34 years, in that time the Magpie population has increased hugely where they were resident, Glasgow, Dundee etc. I used to see an odd magpie flying across the M90 motorway at Kelty 30 years ago, it is the same today. Now here's the point, why are there no magpies in Perth making a success of town living as other populations do? I am sure people may know of an odd pair in the outskirts, but I have never seen a magpie in Perth. As a boy magpies around Eaglesham were rare country birds…
Spent oil Shale is an industrially produced product, unlike blaze, or blase, which is not. Both materials have similarĀ properties as the processes are the same, combustion in shales. It's just that spent oil shale is more reliably burntĀ  being the tip product from retorts that produced oil. Unlike blaze, which is colliery spoil (shale) which has self ignited. So flying out from Edinburgh you have or could have, great views of spent oil shale, literally mountains of it, bings we call it. It is a "specialist" recyclable product to West Lothian. But here is fact lost in time and now…

Dec 1st by Ian under Miscellaneous

My daughter Rachel is a curious mixture of the town and the country, her country side produced a book for my birthday I was unaware off, wildlife detective. This is a book I always thought was the province of an early influence on bringing me back to my core interests in birds, Bob McMillian. Back to the book, brilliant, a door opener into the upholders of our law, as with any crime a reflection on humanity pushing the boundaries to suit themselves. Alan Stewart's book is a fantasitic read for anyone interested in wildlife, particularly if you live in Perth…

Nov 21st by Ian under Miscellaneous

Tags: Nae tags again!

Well I thought this was a different and fairly original gift. Thats right its your very own blog where you can write to your hearts content. It could be 'the' blog for construction and bird watching informationĀ and anything else you care to write about. Blogging is actually quite fun!…
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