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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, March 01, 2009

Managed two walks today (in spite of the showers), along the Levern, then along the Cart as far as Hawkhead. Not much to report (still no Kingfishers), but a male and female Mallard on Rosshall Park pond were unusual. Lots of birds were along the stretch between Leverndale and Hawkhead, including good-sized flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares. The local Wrens seem to have started singing now (joining last week's Chaffinches), and a Great spotted Woodpecker drumming in Bull Wood was my first of the year. Finally, there was one Lesser Celendine flower out in the hospital grounds.
Not a bad weekend for bird sightings overall, with 39 species seen without really trying. The full list is as follows: Mute Swan (2 out of 18 lists), Mallard (13), Mallard (domestic) (2), Goldeneye, Goosander (3), Little Grebe (2), Grey Heron, Buzzard, Moorhen (3), Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull (2), Common Gull (2), Lesser black backed Gull, Woodpigeon (8), Feral Pigeon (6), Pied/White Wagtail (2), Great spotted Woodpecker, Dipper (2), Wren (3), Dunnock (2), Robin (10), Blackbird (5), Fieldfare, Song Thrush (2), Redwing, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit (5), Blue Tit (7), Coal Tit, Great Tit (3), Jackdaw (8), Magpie (5), Rook (4), Carrion Crow (7), Starling (3), House Sparrow (7), Chaffinch (6), Goldfinch (2) and Greenfinch (3).

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