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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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Completed my modest WeBS count at Murdieston today. The site is so small that it can be covered in my lunch break. Highlights today were four Goldeneye, a single Goosander and an exceptional three Cormorants. Signs of the coming breeding season included pair formation (Mallards, Canada Geese and Mute Swans), putative display (Goldeneye and Tufted Duck) and territorial behaviour (Coot). The tiny Rook colony has suffered a setback however. The bits of nests which were being fussed over during a spring-like spell a few weeks ago have completely disappeared.


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