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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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spent a bit of time in Govan this morning and managed to find two active House Martin nests on buildings in Napier Drive. Two Sand Martins and two Swallows were feeding nearby, but I was unable to locate their nests. A Whitethroat was singing at Govan Graving Docks.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A walk along the Union Canal from Wester Hailes to Fountainbridge produced some interesting records including three singing Chiffchaffs (but no Willow Warblers), several Mallards with young (some possible second broods), a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, a Bee-mimicking Hoverfly sp. on a canal-side umbellifer and a Swift visiting a hole in a tenement in Polwarth.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Two House Martins over central paisley, two swallows over the eastern edge of Barshaw Park and a House Martin over Oldhall were the highlights of a busy day.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Two or three House Martins were again visiting houses in Cardonald Gardens.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks were out on the rooftops in Port Glasgow first thing.
This evening, at least two Oystercatchers were alarm calling near Tesco store in Silverburn Shopping Centre, suggesting that they may have had young somewhere. A Pied wagtail was giving its soft roosting call nearby.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seven Swifts were high over south Cardonald at 21:30 today, screeching and feeding in the simmer dim.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The heady scent of Privet flowers in the sun in Cardonald today took me back to my childhood in West Pilton when summers were long and every garden had a privet hedge.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A two-hour walk through the west end of Glasgow again failed to locate any Swifts, although Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Stock Dove were all present along the Kelvin (as were several singing Chiffchaffs but no Willow Warblers).