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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 25, 2017

A day spent walking around the south side of Glasgow produced a pair of Stock Doves near Bellahouston Park Ski Slope, a pair of Collared Doves on Aros Drive, 68 Carrion Crows on flooded grass next to Mosspark Boulevard (and c80 Jackdaws in trees there), c30 Redwings feeding with 15 Starlings under trees near Mosspark Bowling Club, singing Song Thrushes near the House of the Art Lover and in south Cardonald (2), plus Long-tailed Tits at three sites. On the mammal front, a single Roe Deer was grazing on the grass verge of the M77 in Pollok Park and two were just west of Mosspark Station about 5:30pm. Coltsfoot (my first of the year) was flowering on the footbridge over the M8 north of Pollokshields. A further increase in singing birds featured Woodpigeon, Goldcrest, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch. At the end of the day, 39 Magpies were together in a pre-roost gathering next to the house.

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