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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.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day two of our Strathspey trip began with a scout of the forest lochs in the Abernethy area. Water birds included Wigeon, Teal, Goldeneye, a single male Red breasted Merganser, Little Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Greylag Goose and Sand Martin. Forest birds were Osprey, Great spotted Woodpecker, lots more Siskins, Coal, Great, Blue and Long tailed Tits, three (mostly hidden) Crested Tits and a single Crossbill (a big, red male, "choop"-ing from a treetop). A short stop at the grebe car park outside Boat of Garten produced Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Goldeneye and Black headed Gull (plus a Red Squirrel at the feeders). Part of the day was spent around the Rothiemurchus "Triangle" (first photo below) as there was more than birdwatching on the trip agenda (see third photo for some interesting tree life). The only birds there were Buzzard, Meadow Pipit (plus Chaffs and Sisks). Loch Insh provided the only Mute Swan of the trip, and a final stop at Insh Marshes yielded a nice hybrid Hoodie x Carrion Crow (plus Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon and Roe Deer). No doubt we missed more than we saw, but a glorious time was had by all.


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