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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, August 23, 2009

The expected deluge hit west central Scotland overnight and continued on-and-off all day. However by 5pm, it started to look quite promising. Decided to do the Rosshall / Hawkhead / Dykebar / Crookston circuit and managed to stay dry all the way round. Two Grey Herons were along the river, the second a "Frank-ing" immature. The river itself was well swollen after recent rain and the local Mallards were sensibly hauled up on the banks. The Yew trees around Rosshall Park are showing a bumper crop of berries. Further along, 20 House Martins (and a few Swallows) were over fields around Scott's Road Farm and a similar number of Swallows (with a few House Martins) were over the horse and cattle fields at Dykebar. Also there were thirty or more Goldfinches feeding on Thistle heads.
More Swallows were at Hawkhead Woodland, together with a Common Buzzard and a Great spotted Woodpecker. As dusk fell, parties of Jackdaws were on the wing above Crookston Road.

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