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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, April 22, 2011

An early start today - and a walk at Locherwoods before work. Had hoped to hear my first Cuckoo of the year - but had to settle for a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in a damp field corner and a pair of Kestrels sparring with two Ravens. The thick mist made bird finding difficult, but it didn't deter excellent numbers of Chaffinches and Willow Warblers from singing - I counted 17 and 30 respectively in just 20 minutes of walking.
The late afternoon was spent tackling the back and front gardens. Plenty of birds were around including a pair of Blue Tits visiting the nestbox on the back wall, two Blackcaps having a singing duel and a Great spotted Woodpecker "Peep" ing from over the back fence. Highlight however was a Raven (my first for my home square) which powered over, cronking loudly, around 6pm.

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