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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, February 13, 2010

Started a very clement day at Scone in Perthshire, looking for Hawfinches. Almost as soon as we arrived we found a single bird in the treetops, giving the characteristic "Tic" call. Also around were a second Hawfinch, a Great spotted Woodpecker (also heard drumming) and a noisy pair of Mistle Thrushes. Later, a 90 minute walk along the edge of Turret Reservoir produced wonderful views but no birds apart from 18 Mallards. Other birds of the day included Collared Doves in many of the south Perthshire villages, a Cormorant labouring above the traffic in the centre of Perth and a Kestrel at Glen Turret waterworks. Driving home, Ben Lomond (and the other peaks viewable north from the A811) had just enough snow covering to recall a popular confectionery.


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