Bird's Eye View of Bute

Who needs wings

(1) Who needs wings
(1) Who needs wings
(2) Who needs wings
(2) Who needs wings
(3) Who needs wings
(3) Who needs wings
(4) Bottled
(4) Bottled
(5) Bottled 2
(5) Bottled 2
(6) Chaffinch male
(6) Chaffinch male
(7) Chaffinch juvenile
(7) Chaffinch juvenile
(8) Driftwood
(8) Driftwood
(9) and more
(9) and more
(10) Bigger
(10) Bigger
(11) and better
(11) and better
 
 
 
A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF BUTE
 
Who needs wings when one can levitate?
 
Although you see a bird in the air in this article, the story is more about what I get up to, so read on and find out more about this bird.
 
I have walked around all of Bute over the years and find not only birds, insects animals etc., to write about, and I also love beachcombing, but nowadays I have to be very quick as Beachwatch Bute has beating me to it many times, but that is not a complaint, it is just an observation as they do a great job.
If it is a nice day, then a stroll along a shore is most enjoyable, but a good find makes my day.
 
 Take for instance, plastic bottles, (hundreds of them) some empty except for condensation, and others with different levels of the original liquid that they once held before being flung into the sea, or into a river where they will eventually find the sea and end up on some distant shore. Well, some of these bottles contain letters from young persons, and perhaps written by a parent, but not always. This is a great find for me, more so because there is always a phone number included, and details of where and when it was sent on its maiden voyage.
Sometimes they do not travel very far, depending on wind and tides, but I always use their supplied phone number to tell them when and where I found it, and that what I usually do is to put their letter into another bottle, and also one from me, asking the next finder to do the same, and they are delighted that I take time to do this, and one wee boy phoned me to thank me for getting in touch, and that all his schoolmates were fair chuffed for him. This year alone I have found three bottles and one balloon and replied to all, and got thanks in return. All of the bottles that I send on their way go from Glen Callum when the wind is from the North, and hoping that it stays that way for a few days, or hopefully much longer
When I myself was a teenager I found two bottles at Garroch Head at the South end of Bute, and replied to both, one from Ireland (Eire) and one from Northern Ireland, with not one reply, even though I put my name and address on the back, as one of them had been ashore for many years, and they may have moved house.   This I remembered only too well and I will make sure that I do not do the same as them. 
 
That covers that part of what I do as I wander around.
 
Next, is finding driftwood that can be used for placing items on  in shop windows etc., and as there are many beaches that have enormous amounts I have plenty to choose from, and I can take my time as Beachwatch Bute has no need to uplift it, but I have an outlet for it and supply it free of charge.
 
I forgot to say that I found a small plastic trumpet last week amongst the driftwood, and I have just blown into it?
 
That wee bird had no need to open its wings as it was only hopping from one branch to another to feed its family.
 
Norrie Mulholland.
First published in the Buteman 21-09-2012

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