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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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Sparrowhawk in Rosshall Park and a Buzzard over towards Crookston Castle were the highlights of today's walk.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plenty of snow on the high ground in Central Scotland during a trip to Edinburgh today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A lunchtime walk around Paisley town centre produced 20 Redwings feeding under trees on Saucel Hill.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Pied  Wagtail was in the car park of Tesco, Port Glasgow first thing.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A dreich lunchtime walk around Cardwell Bay found all the really interesting birds at the low tide mark and beyond binocular range.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Today's walk from home to Kelvinside produced a Little Grebe and Moorhen on the Cart, singing Chaffinches and Greenfinches in South Cardonald, a Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow in Bellahouson Park, a pair of Woodpigeons on the Clyde and a female Goosander on the Kelvin. As well as Chaffinches and Greenfinches at several sites, other singing birds included Dunnock, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, Woodpigeon, Starling, Robin, Mistle Thrush plus (only) a few Wrens.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Highlights of today's Strathspey trip were as follows:
A Hooded Crow near Drumochter
40 Greylag Geese southwest of Newtonmore station
200 Woodpigeons in a field northeast of Newtonmore Golf Course
Rooks visiting their colonies in Kingussie and Aviemore
18 Whooper Swans scattered around the Insh Marshes
Singing Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Collared Doves in Aviemore
Four Snow Buntings around the Skiers' Car Park below Coire Cas
Eight Bullfinches and a Chaffinch feeding on Birch buds in Rothiemurchus
Two Crested Tits southwest of Lochan Mor with three Goldeneye, eight Mallards, a Grey Heron and a Little Grebe on the lochan itself
232 Greylag Geese, eleven Jackdaws, six Pheasants, six Fieldfares, two Carrion Crows, a Blackbird and a Lapwing on fields next to The Doune
50 Jackdaws in a pre-roost gathering behind Tesco's, Aviemore
Single Goldeneye on the Spey south of Aviemore and on a small lochan southwest of Kingussie

Friday, February 17, 2017

Four Magpies were among the birds raiding the feeders in the back garden. Earlier this week, 80 were in trees next to the estate prior to going to roost.