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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 13, 2016

Today's trip to Strathspey took place in clear, sunny conditions. Highlights of the train journey were Pink-footed Geese in Strath Earn, a Jay neat Killiecrankie and a Red Grouse at Drumochter.  Birds around Aviemore included singing Greenfinch and Collared Doves. The skiers' car park on Cairngorm failed to produce any Snow Buntings. Heading home, a Cormorant was at Loch Insh and around 30 Golden Plover were with Greylag Geese at Aultlarie. 

The total bird list for the day was:

Whooper Swan, Greylag Goose, Red Grouse, Cormorant, Buzzard, Golden Plover, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch (24  species).

Impressions of Strathspey in February include: 


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