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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, September 10, 2016

Oldhall still held one Swallow and a couple of House Martins this morning, the latter attending a nest on No. 50, Dunchurch Avenue. Also in the area were good numbers of House Sparrows.
In the park and along the river were up to five Kingfishers, a Grey Heron and four Moorhens (including two on the stretch behind the house). A Raven was patrolling low overhead, cronking repeatedly and somersaulting once. Eventually it settled on the telecommunications mast between Dundee Drive and the railway and proceeded to call loudly, off and on, for at least ten minutes. 
The Kingfishers were particularly noisy and may have bee dispersing young birds or perhaps family parties not yet split up. Certainly they were unmissable, a fact entirely in keeping with the Birdtrack reporting rate peak which happens at this time of year.

An afternoon walk in Barshaw Park produced a feeding Blackbird. They have been virtually invisible recently (as confirmed by the Birdtrack graph of reporting rate) - presumably due to the annual moult.


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