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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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sitting at my desk this morning, my attention was caught by a small bird in the branches outside the window. On checking, it turned out to be a lemony-yellow, autumn Willow Warbler. Within a few seconds, a second had appeared, followed by a Blue Tit, a Great Tit and a nice, tail-pumping Chiffchaff. All were systematically working the brambles and other foliage. A really nice insight into the world of these small birds at this time of year.
This evening, a walk along the Cart as far as Hawkhead Road was notable for two particular records: a Kingfisher speeding under Howford Bridge (they have been virtually non-existent around here this year) and a singing Yellowhammer at Rosshall Farm (only heard with considerable difficulty due to the distance involved - around half a kilometer).

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