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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.

Monday, August 28, 2006

As the evenings are getting noticeably shorter, there is more urgency to get out while the daylight lasts. Managed quite long bike rides along the river on each of the last 3 evenings. Sightings, more-or-less in order, as follows:
Juvenile Magpie in the garden and juvenile carrion Crow along Dundee drive (5pm). Then 2 Kingfisher sightings at the Leverendale river bend and 20+ House Martins over Rosshall Park (both around 7pm).
A juvenile Black headed gull at Rosshall Academy. Also noticed some wild (or naturalised) Honeysuckle near there, and also some Crocusmia at Leverendale's SW gate and at Hawkhead Park where the Irises have mature seed pods and a Swallow and 2 House Martins twittered over at 8pm. Back along the river, a squawking Grey Heron was the only thing of note, apart from fruiting Brambles and ripe seedheads on the Policeman's Helmets. Back home, and tonight, a Red Fox called from the railway embankment.
All quiet, with a decided chill in the air.


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