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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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's trip to Strathspey was, unusually, by bus. What was apparent was that wildlife watching is much less productive from the bus than the train. Virtually nothing was seen along the way, whereas the train journey would normally be expected to have produced farmland waders, a good selection of wildfowl, Swifts and House Martins in the town centres plus Rabbit, Brown Hare and Roe Deer.
Arriving in Aviemore, the usual species were going about their business with Collared Dove, Jackdaw, rook, Blackbird and Chaffinch all evident. Wintering Herring Gulls had been replaced by Black-headed Gulls and both Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing from a hotel Garden. A walk round to Cragellachie produced lots of Spotted Flycatchers and singing Willow Warblers and Chaffinches plus a Wood Warbler, two Redstarts and a Cuckoo. No Pied Flycatchers were heard, although two were subsequently reported as having been present the previous day. Also notable were lots of Redpolls buzzing about the treetops, a pair of Long-tailed Tits feeding a row of six fledglings and a Robin accompanied by a newly-fledged juvenile. 

The main walk of the day started at Kincraig and included the "back way" to Loch an Eilein via Insriach and Loch Gamhna before the long walk back to Aviemore (about 12 miles in total).


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