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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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

An evening spent in south Ayrshire produced some interesting birds as follows:
Maidens: Gannet, Shelduck, Sandwich Tern, Rock Pipit (including a male singing from the mast of a moored yacht), Collared Dove, Sand Martin (4), Swallow (1) and Linnet (11).
Girvan:  Black-throated Diver, Eider, Sandwich Tern (4), Rock Pipit (3), Pied Wagtail (6), Collared Dove, House Sparrow (nest building) and Linnet (2).
Crossraguel Abbey: Kestrel (1).
Flowering plants included: Common Scurvey Grass, Red Campion and Bluebell at Maidens and Cowslip on the embankment beside the A77 through Kilmarnock.


Most of the bank holiday was actually spent marking at the dining room table. Having the video stream from Loch Garten at least allowed some natural connections with the following bird species heard:


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