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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, February 17, 2011

A frosty morning gave way to a day of showers. The usual lunchtime walk around Murdieston Park produced a couple of notable sightings including a pair of Goosanders, new in on the main dam. When I started to take my binoculars out of my carrier bag, the male started steaming towards me (accompanied by most of the gulls in the area). He was obviously hoping I was going to produce some bread. Two Goldeneyes out in the deep water were fairly typical (up to 5 having been present recently) but a Greater black backed Gull was more unusual.
Round the margins, four Blackbirds was a good count, as were 4 Chaffinches (including a singing male). Fifty Starlings were singing from tall trees and a single Coot was making a half-hearted attempt to start a nest. However sighting of the day concerned two Ravens flying over, cronking quietly.
News from the web (Birdguides; BTO) is of the first Wheatear and Swallow (in Cornwall) and a Robin on eggs.

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