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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, September 04, 2006

A busy day for natural connections. Stopped off at Kelburn park after work to watch some terns feeding there. Counted around 5 "commics" and 5 Sandwich Terns. Adults of both species busily catching fish and feeding them to noisy juveniles perched on top of some sea defence poles. The young ones took a turn fishing as well and one Sandwich Tern caught an enormous Sand Eel which nearly wriggled out of its grasp as it flew over my head.
Also there were hundreds of Redshanks (many of them had white wing feathers which I took to be the remnants of juvenile plumage) and about 5 Common Gulls, each attended by a begging young one.
Managed 2 cycle rides along the river this evening. Best sightings were 30 Black headed Gulls (with many juveniles) on Rosshall playing fields and an adult Red Fox running across Rosshall Park (with a mouthfull of something it had stolen from one of the Moulin Crescent bins) and being joined by a young one hidden in riverside bushes.

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