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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, April 01, 2017

A morning walk along the White Cart through four 1km squares in SW Glasgow produced a good total of 38 species:

Mallard (several birds just standing about in pairs, as they do at this time of year), Buzzard (one being mobbed by Carrion Crows over the Leverndale Hospital field), Moorhen (up to three pairs including one on eggs), Lesser Black-backed Gull (ditto the comment for Mallard), Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon (including courtship and display), Stock Dove (in all four squares, with a pair visiting a probable nest site in one), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher (in three of the four sites and including a pair interacting), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie (including copulation and nest building), Jackdaw (including nest building), Carrion Crow (including nest building), Raven (including one bringing food to another at a previous nest site), Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff (singing birds in all four squares), Nuthatch (singing birds in three of the four squares, two being my first records there), Treecreeper, Wren, Starling (including nest building), Dipper, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin (including nest building), Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Bullfinch (a pair), Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin and Yellowhammer (a singing bird, my first locally for five years). Other notable sightings included flowering Lesser Celandine and Butterburr, and a Mink running along the bank. 
This afternoon, a walk along the Avon on the edge of Hamilton produced similar birds (Grey Wagtail (7), Dipper (4), Kingfisher (2), Chiffchaff (5) and a single Stock Dove) plus flowering Butterburr, Lesser Celandine, Wood Anemone, Coltsfoot, Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage, Dandelion, Daffodill, Willow and Blackthorn. 


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