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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, December 17, 2008

Increasingly short daylength and a day-long, murky gloom meant no natural connections for me today. Instead, thoughts turned to some target species for 2009:
Bean Goose around Slammanan
White fronted Goose at Gartocharn
Brent Goose at Loch Ryan (or possibly Maidens, or even Barassie)
Green Woodpecker in the Overtoun Braes
Hawfinch at Scone
Bearded Tit in the Tay reedbeds
Corn Bunting in East Fife
Mandarin on Loch Eck
There are still some notable gaps on the local patch list (Mute Swan (!), Sand Martin, Kestrel, Bullfinch, Woodcock and Garden Warbler) and some species I haven't seen on the patch for a few years (Tawny Owl, Dipper, Siskin) which would be nice to connect with. I'm also going to try and find out where the Swifts that scream over Crookston in late Summer go to nest.
So here's to 2009 (and lengthening days).

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