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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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Took a short walk along the Cart in Paisley town centre this lunchtime. The river was in spate, so waterbirds were few. However a Swallow, two House Martins and three Sand Martins (first I've seen here) were all feeding between the two road bridges.
Uploaded all the Yorkshire sightings to Birdtrack this evening, giving a grand total of 55 species (Greylag, Goosander, Mallard, Mandarin, Pheasant, Red legged Partridge, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Lesser black backed Gull, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Great spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Dipper, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Wheatear, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch). Not bad, given that a full day's work and a 440 mile round road trip were also sqeezed into the the 34 hours away.

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