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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, August 11, 2011

Managed to squeeze in a quick walk around the Murdieston Dams between the showers. The Tufted Duck brood is still intact and apparently managing to evade the attentions of the big gulls. The two Mute Swan families are also doing well, although it is interesting to note that the Town Dam birds spend a lot of time loafing on the island whereas the Cowdenknowes birds are invariably patrolling the open water. Two rather sodden Swallows were on the wing.
Back home, a Swift was an unexpected find as it flew low over the Cardonald Place rail bridge.
This evening, a walk down to the Cart revealed the water level just at the point of spilling over (but significantly lower than I have seen during previous floods). Two House Martins completed a trio of summer midge-catchers.

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