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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 24, 2011

Today's lunchtime walk through Greenock Cemetery and round the Murdieston Park reservoirs was done in unexpected sunshine (although rapidly rising atmospheric pressure meant the hill up to the golf course was a bit of a slog).
Bird highlights during the first part of the walk included a Great spotted Woodpecker at the north gate of the cemetery and a singing Dipper, again, at the artificial pool next to Inverkip Road. Notable records from the reservoirs included a Coot sitting on a half-finished nest, the Mute Swan pair rearranging theirs, plenty of Lesser black backed Gulls (the first decent count of the spring) and a high count of two Cormorants. Last week's Goosanders plus the usual Pochard and most of the Goldeneye have now moved on (the two female Goldeneye being the only winter wildfowl left).
Driving home this evening, a dozen Wigeon were plowtering along the edge of the Clyde.

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