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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, June 27, 2015

Marked today's wedding anniversary with a day in (mostly) sunny North Ayrshire. First stop was Ardrossan Harbour where interesting records included four Eider ducklings being accompanied by five females, three Rock Pipits including a fledged juvenile, two Black Guillemots showing well and a single House Martin buzzing around the flats at the entrance to the harbour (but no sign of any nests on the buildings concerned).
At "The Waterside", a Swallow was brooding either eggs or young in a nest under the covered walkway.
In Largs, four or five House Martins were feeding over the Gogo Water but a prolonged watch failed to confirm where they might be nesting.
At the end of the day, a single Gannet was feeding in the bay opposite "The Pencil".
Not many natural connections, but a day free of rain was a bonus in itself.

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