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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, November 05, 2006

A good days birdwatching yesterday. Early afternoon at Finlaystone Point found lots of birds on the mudflats including good numbers of Oystercatchers and Redshanks, plenty of Curlew flying downriver, a scattering of Lapwings, plenty of Mallard and Wigeon feeding in the shallows plus 2 Red breasted Mergansers, 10 Shelduck, 3 Goldeneye and 4 Great crested Grebes further out. Later, at Rouken Glen Pond, 60 Jackdaws and 150 Black headed Gulls were good counts. On the pond, around 50 Mallard were joined by 8-10 Tufted Ducks and a handful each of Coot and Moorhen.
Today, recent high winds have left some trees (such as Poplar) completely bare, but others (such as Birch) more or less unchanged.


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