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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, April 11, 2010

Today was a red-letter day for summer migrants with my first Willow Warbler, first Blackcap and first Common Sandpiper (100th species in 2010) all logged by 10am. There was a frosty start to the morning with ice on the car windscreen at 7am. However the sun was soon up and the rest of the day was warm and still. This morning's walk took in the north bank of the Black Cart between Inchinnan Bridge and Barnsford Bridge. Highlights (apart from the migrants above) included 6 Snipe, 6 White Wagtails, a pair of Linnets, singing Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings and Skylarks, nest-building Starlings and a skein of Greylags low overhead. Best record at home was the sound of two Blackcaps and two Chiffchaffs, all audible from the back garden. Finally the first tadpoles have emerged in the back door pond. Below are two views of the Black Cart just north of Glasgow Airport.
Beow are two views of

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