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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, September 19, 2018

Gale-force winds meant few birds were on the wing during today's walk in Greenock. in fact, only four species were recorded: Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Starling and House Sparrow.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A wet and windy day in Paisley, but remarkably mild. A walk along the (swollen) river produced very little in the way of birdlife. The falls at The Hammils look like a great spot for watching migrating fish, but it has been a few years since I have seen any there.

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Swallow was over the regular site at the corner of Baker Street in Greenock first thing. Later in the day, a sad find was a Hedgehog dead on Houston Street in the west end of the town.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Robin is the bird of the week here in south Cardonald with a significant increase in song (it is the dominant bird noise right now, apart from Jackdaw and other corvid calls) and at least one bird back in the garden.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Nuthatch was calling noisily down by the river while I was working in the garden in south Cardonald.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Around 50 noisy Jackdaws accompanied this evening's gardening. Meanwhile a single Chiffchaff continues to "Hooweet" from the bushes over the garden fence.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Several wasps were prospecting the garden shed during its annual clear out.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Only common birds were along the river this afternoon, although a Bullfinch was hanging around the garden.

Monday, September 10, 2018

News from the web is of immature Gannets starting to appear in increasing numbers at seawatching sites as they fledge from their colonies. At home, a substantial tit flock (perhps 25 or more birds) passed through the garden, and Siskins appear to have returned to the area.