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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.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A positive "finch-fest" along the Cart this morning with 5 Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, a Greenfinch and 3 Bullfinches (the latter my first for my home 1km square) all in a single stretch of scrub. On the river, a Cormorant was the first of the winter. Twenty corvids were squawking loudly in a tree next to the Rosshall School bridge, although the reason wasn't apparent.Singers today included Greenfinch, Song Thrush, House Sparrow, Blue and Great Tit, Robin and Blackbird.
Along the M8 to Edinburgh, a Cormorant was flying up the Almond and roadside Buzzards were at the beginning and middle of the bypass. Later, a dusk walk near Arthur's Seat was notable for a glorious orange sunset, around 300 Jackdaws going to roost at Bawsinch and a calling Tawny Owl along Meadowfield Drive.

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