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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, March 21, 2018

At least two Bullfinches continue to gorge themselves on the sunflower hearts in the back garden. Nearby, a single Chaffinch and at least eight Goldfinches were singing. Goldcrests are also singing well. Meanwhile, two Redwings were still in the treetops down by the river.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A walk around Murdieston Dams first thing found the Mute Swan pair nest building in a different spot, last week's two Goldeneye now gone, and a Little Grebe frequenting the same spot as before (possibly establishing a territory). At lunchtime, a walk around Greenock Cemetery produced singing Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Goldcrest, still good numbers of Blackbirds and a Great Spotted Woodpecker quietly inspecting some holes in an old tree.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A return walk to Pollok Roundabout in some welcome sunshine produced quite a good range of riparian species including Cormorant, Goosander, Mallard, Moorhen, Little Grebe and Kingfisher. A Treecreeper was showing well and six Redwings were a nice surprise after having been hard to find recently.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Pied Wagtail was flitting about a chilly Tesco car park in Milngavie this afternoon. As the day progressed, around 200 Pink-footed Geese straggled east along the northern edge of the Campsie Hills. Later, two Oystercatchers were feeding on the lawn of Glengoyne Distillery.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A snowy walk on Arthur Seat produced singing Greenfinch and Linnets plus a soaring Raven. Twenty crows had spotted something in the gorse (possibly a Fox) and were scolding it loudly. A Lesser Black-backed Gull on St Margaret's Loch had three red rings on its left leg.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A day off was unfortunately mostly spent at the marking table with only the gate birds for distraction. Among these were three Dunnock (chasing and wing-flicking), four Bullfinch and a Long-tailed  Tit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A walk around Murdieston Dams at 7am produced two Goldeneye still on Town Dam and a vocal Little Grebe on the main reservoir. A pair of Mute Swans have settled to nest on Town Dam but the main reservoir is only occupied by two juveniles. A Chaffinch was singing in the direction of the cemetery.