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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, July 15, 2015

A day in the Pitlochry area began with an Osprey circling over the A9 just before the turn-off. In Pitlochry itself, Swifts, House Martins and a few Swallows were feeding over the main street and an Oystercatcher was calling from a shop roof. House Sparrows, including an adult feeding a juvenile, seemed to be very common around the town. Birds around the dam included a pair of Grey Wagtails with at least three young, a pair of Swallows visiting a probable nest site on the dam itself, a few Black-headed and Common Gulls (including a fledged juvenile of the latter) and 14 Tufted Ducks. The little lochan known locally as the Cuilc proved to be a hidden gem with Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Moorhen and Little Grebe all with dependent young, while four Oystercatchers circled overhead.

Killicrankie was quiet with most birds keeping out of sight at this time of year. However Spotted Flycatchers were rasping to eachother in the treetops and a pair of Grey Wagtails fed under the suspension bridge.

A little later, Dunkeld held a female Goosander with two young, feeding House Martins and Sand Martins over the bridge and a mixed group of Oystercatchers and Black-headed Gulls (including juveniles) loafing on a shingle bar (their breeding season over for another year).

The last bird of the day was a Peregrine powering over the M74 near the the Dalmarnock turn-off.


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