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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A milder day today after yesterday's frost

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A lunchtime walk around the centre of Paisley produced some notable sightings including a Grey Heron preening on the chimney of a four-story tenement (stopping only to glare at a Sparrowhawk which soared too close), a single, calling Raven, Grey Wagtails at two points along he river, a sizeable gathering of Black-headed Gulls (after single figures only, recently) and an unidentified wader flushed from the outflow of the Espedair Burn.

Monday, October 24, 2016

An evening walk along the river founds most birds already settled down to roost. However a couple of Redwing "see-eep"ed over.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

No natural connections during a frustrating day of supposedly catching up on paperwork left over from last week. However news from the web is of a few more Waxwings appearing.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

An early morning visit to Garnqueen Loch found the expected two drake Ruddy Ducks (I guess the authorities have stopped culling them now that all the females are gone) and an unexpected four Shoveler. A brief stop at Luckenburn Farm was less successful with no Bean Geese present. Later, a walk from the centre of Falkirk to the Kelpies produced two Grey Wagtails having a battle and a noisy Great Spotted Woodpecker on a telephone pole. Heading home, plenty of winter thrushes (Redwings, Fieldfares, Blackbirds and a Mistle Thrush) were at Palacerigg Country Park (with more over a stand of conifers on Fannyside Muir) while a lone Kestrel (rare these days) was near Slammanan.

Friday, October 21, 2016

An evening watch from Lyle Hill produced five Redwings and an unidentified finch (?Brambling) moving overhead while 16 Long-tailed Tits were in bushes at the beacon.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

News from the web is about small "advance parties" of Waxwings arriving in the northern isles and on the east coast.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A walk in St James' Park this evening produced some lovely birds in the form of captive (but apparently free-flying) White-headed Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck and Egyptian Goose plus (presumed genuine Teal and Shoveler).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Grey Squirrel was running along Borough Road this afternoon. 
This evening, a big moon was hanging over the Thames. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Travelling south by train this afternoon, over 100 geese (presumed pinkfeet) were disturbed from trackside fields at "the meetings".

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Marking all day today, with only the garden Dunnocks for company.