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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.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Spent a very nice morning at Baron's Haugh. On arrival, a Buzzard was calling agitatedly overhead, and it kept up its whingeing all the time I was there. Other interesting land birds included small groups of Swallows passing through, a cloud of Sand Martins feeding overhead and a Chiffchaff breaking into brief song.
Birds on the haugh included two of my favourites; Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. The Greenshanks (two of them) were feeding with a Redshank on mud next to the Causeway Hide. They have a very delicate feeding action for such big birds. I also like their powerful flight and the white wedge avove the tail which shows very well, even at distance. Green Sandpipers are nervous litle birds. Even their flight is agitated and erratic. Today, the contrasting dark-and-white plumage in flight was very evident. They also have an interesting flight call.
Other birds on the haugh included a Shelduck and some Gadwall (the latter coming into breeding plumage), but no sign of Ruff, Dunlin or Little Stint.


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