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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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Another day off, so another early start. Decided to do some atlassing in SW Glasgow and was at Snuffmill Bridge by 8am. The river there was quiet, but both Dipper and Kingfisher were present further west. Mallards were at several sites and one female had a single duckling. Warblers were not particularly evident, with no Willow Warblers or Chiffchaffs heard. However four Blackcaps were in song including two behind Cathcart Station. Also notable were four Swallows looking like they might be nesting in the "Electricity Board" complex.
Over at King's Park, at least two Stock Doves were in song, together with both Song and Mistle Thrush. Starlings were feeding young and both Long-tailed Tit and Siskin were acting as if they had nests to protect. 
Back in Cathcart, two singing Collared Doves were a satisfying conclusion to an intensive search for the species.
 
Spring colour at King's Park



The birdlist for the morning was as follows: Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Wren, Starling, Dipper, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch (31 species).

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