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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, April 22, 2013

A scarce visitor to the garden this morning was a male Blackcap which scuttled about under the feeders. A few minutes later he was singing loudly from over the fence. Similarly scarce were the two Siskins which appeared in the late afternoon. Their plaintive calls have been very noticeable recently, seemingly across west central Scotland.

Also notable was a Long-tailed Tit in my neighbour's garden (by no means regular hereabouts).
A very brief walk along the river produced three Swallows moving west, a pair of Grey Wagtails looking like they might settle, Feral Pigeons with young in the nest, calling Siskin, singing Willow Warbler and flowering Butterbur.

This evening, a walk up to Crookston Castle produced a pair of Goosander (like the Siskins, I wonder if they will stay to breed) and singing Goldcrest, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff (2).


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