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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, December 11, 2006

Darkness continues to cover the earth here in West Central Scotland - at least during all the hours that I am not working. Only the irregular hours that I work on Mondays make any natural connections possibly. Today, the mid-morning drive to work was enlivened by a single flash of lightening, a sudden fall of hail, then clear blue skies over the clyde. The raptor count on the drive to Ayr (mostly in darkness) was one Kestrel (although there was the usual Buzzard at Bishopton earlier in the day). Garden visitors have consisted of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Magpie and Feral Pigeon. Oh, and the Toad is still in the pond.

News from the web is that the storms of last weekend (which brought an influx of Leach's Petrels to the west coast) deposited a number of good birds in Scotland including an Ivory Gull at Greenan Shore, a Black necked Grebe on Strathclyde Loch and a Black throated Diver on one of the Neilston Reservoirs.


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