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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, October 29, 2014

The first sighting today was of a Fieldfare (my first of the winter) chacking from a tree beside the house. Next were a dozen Whooper Swans (again, my first of the winter) at Blackstone Mains. A lunchtime walk around the Murdieston Dams produced the first Goosander since the spring plus increased numbers of Black-headed Gulls and Tufted Ducks, single Little Grebes on both dams (I usually see them on the main one only) and the two families of Mute Swans now relocated to the extreme east end of the site. Most intriguing however was a brief glimpse of a rodent scampering across the path and down a bolt hole. It was brown in colour and intermediate in size between a Brown Rat and a Field Vole. Surely Water Voles wouldn't occupy such an urban site.
Heading back to work via Greenock Cemetery, abundant fungi were near the north gate and a flock of Redwings "see-eep"ed over the houses on South Street.

Stop Press!  Two Waxwings reported at Caerlaverock.


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