Country diary: New discoveries on my childhood patch | Amanda Thomson
Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire: I know this woodland and canal so well. What a thrill to find species have moved in since I moved outI'm visiting my mum and out for a walk along paths I walked when I first started birdwatching in my teens, through the grounds of the Colzium Lennox estate. The day's dreich and a smirr threatens to turn to a downpour. This woodland has always felt pretty, but modest, ordinary, with no particular species of note. It's part of the fabric of my birdwatching life. I know exactly where, decades ago now, I first saw a sparrowhawk darting through the trees, and where, by the canal, I heard a grasshopper warbler for the first time.Now I'm drawn to an unfamiliar call. I scan my binoculars up and down a huge old sycamore until I see a nuthatch scuttling down its trunk. I've never seen one here before. These lovely wee birds were only first recorded in Scotland in 1989, and I wonder, in their slow creep north, when they first arrived in these woods, knowing it would be after I left for university. The sycamore is covered by a pelt of moss. Ferns grow out from its branches, softening its winter silhouette. I can't believe I've never noticed it before. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/08/country-diary-new-discoveries-on-my-childhood-patch
Zdroj: The Guardian
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