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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, February 27, 2016

Hogganfield Loch was the place to be this afternoon with the settled weather enticing many species to increase the pace of their breeding activity. Most obvious were the Whooper Swans with much trumpeting and display, even right next to the car park. Drake Goldeneye were displaying to some females and giving the harsh croak that accompanies their foot-splashing and head jerking display. Teal were altogether more demure but small parties were whistling as they flew around and one or two males were calling and displaying. Grey Herons were bickering over their colony on the island and other species showing breeding activity included Moorhen, Coot, Great-crested Grebe and Mute Swan. Pochard and Gadwall, although present, were much less animated.
Arriving home, two Mute Swans flew low over the estate and landed on the river (where I saw them a few weeks ago). I wonder if they will attempt to nest?


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