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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.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Today started with a pre-breakfast walk in the Kinrara Estate. Almost the first bird heard (apart from the ubiquitous Willow Warbler and Chaffinch) was a Redstart. Thereafter, this species proved to be very common with several singing birds, particularly in the Birch woodland to the west and south of the estate. Also in this area were Blue tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Tree Pipit, Song Thrush, Robin, Siskin, Jackdaw, Starling, Buzzard and Pheasant. To the south were Whtethroat (the only record of the weekend) and a distant drumming woodpecker which might just have been Green, although was more likely to be Great spotted. The walk uphill to the Duke of Gordon monument added Wren, Dunnock, Blackcap and a distant Cuckoo. Reached the monument in glorious sunshine, with spectacular 360 degree views.
Walked round Loch an Eilein in the afternoon. Lots of people were there, enjoying the sunshine, so bird sightings were few (Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Tree Pipit, Goldcrest, Siskin, the castle Jackdaws, Great Tit, Coal Tit and a probable Crested Tit disappearing into the forest). Only Loch Gamhna showed any promise, with some indistinct waterfowl in the distance. Unfortunately, the time had arrived to head home, so they had to remain unidentified.


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