Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Historically part of Lanarkshire, it is now one of the 32 Council Areas of Scotland. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are often referred to as Glaswegians.
Even within the Glasgow City Boundary there are good birding sites including Hogganfield Loch, which is superb for watching wildfowl and gulls as well as holding Jack Snipe in winter. The other parks in Glasgow are good for commoner woodland birds as well as Kingfishers and Dippers on the River Kelvin, which runs through Kelvingrove Park and the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
Hogganfield Park Local Nature Reserve
The park is situated off the A80 Cumbernauld Road (off Junction 12 of the M8) on the north-east side of Glasgow. The loch is superb in winter for wildfowl including Whooper Swan, Goosander, Goldeneye, Pochard, Ruddy Ducks and occasionally Smew (close viewing can be expected from most of the species present); it also has a gull roost, which regularly produces Iceland and Glaucous Gulls. The recently created pool at the east end of the park holds Jack Snipe as well as Common Snipe from late autumn through the winter. In spring both Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe have been recorded as well as the usual breeding Little and Great Crested Grebes, the park also has breeding Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting as well as being a good place to watch feeding Hirundines and Swifts (particularly during bad weather).
Millichen Flood: including East & West Millichen Farms
Millichen Flood is a favourite haunt of mine when looking for gulls in winter. They gather in the floods to bath and drink after feeding on the nearby Summerston Landfill site. Iceland and Glaucous Gull are regularly seen amongst the Herring, Common, Black-headed, Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which occur in varying numbers from day to day. The fields also attract wintering Canada Geese and Greylags with occasional Barnacle, Pink-footed Greenland White-fronted and Bean Geese. The floods are also used in autumn (and in a lesser degree in spring) by migrating waders, which have included Pectoral, Wood, Green & Curlew Sandpipers as well as Knot, Turnstone and Little Stint although Dunlin, Greenshank, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit are the most regular waders seen on passage. Raptors also use the area in autumn/winter including Peregrine, Merlin and occasional Hen Harrier. The area also has breeding Lapwing, Grey Partridge, Yellowhammer and the now very scarce (in the local area at least) Tree Sparrow.
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