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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, March 30, 2009

Main event of today was the first Silverglade Chiffchaff of the Spring - singing in early evening. Meanwhile, SWT must be delighted as both their Ospreys are back safely at Loch of the Lowes and well settled in. Further north, the regular female has returned to Loch Garten, but no news yet of her mate.
The final bird count for another long weekend was 55; details as follows: Mute Swan (noted at 5 out of 25 sites visited), Greylag Goose (domestic) (4), Canada Goose (2), Shelduck (3), Mallard (13), Tufted Duck (3), Goldeneye, Goosander, Eider, Fulmar (2), Grey Heron (3), Coot (2), Moorhen (3), Pheasant (3), Little Grebe, Merlin, Kestrel (2), Buzzard, Oystercatcher (2), Redshank, Curlew, Black-headed Gull (4), Herring Gull (4), Lesser Black-backed Gull (6), Feral Pigeon (3), Stock Dove, Woodpigeon (8), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (2), Kingfisher, Wren (9), Dunnock, Robin (9), Blackbird (9), Song Thrush (2), Mistle Thrush (2), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit (3), Coal Tit, Blue Tit (4), Great Tit (7), Magpie (8), Jackdaw (7), Rook (2), Carrion Crow (10), Carrion / Hooded Crow hybrid, Raven (2), Starling (2), House Sparrow (2), Chaffinch (9), Greenfinch (5) and Goldfinch (4).

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