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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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Arrived at Ardmore Point at first light and enjoyed a couple of hours doing the usual anti-clockwise circuit. Bird highlights included a flock of 21 Canada Geese which arrived in North Bay from over the sea, a flock of  nine Greylag Geese over south, two Great-crested Grebes head-shaking out on the sea, Robin and Wren singing in the sunshine, Shelducks bickering on the flats, two Ravens calling over the middle wood and Rock and Meadow Pipits scrapping on the beach. Non-bird highlights included a bright orange fungus on Gorse stems, a nice patch of Polypody, Honeysuckle still flowering and Ivy flowers being exploited by swarms of wasps (photos below).
Back home, a patch of what I think is Shaggy Ink Cap has appeared on the back lawn.






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