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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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A morning walk around the conifer plantation to the east of the Abernethy Trust estate produced a single Chimney Sweep moth and plenty of common birds including Wren, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Siskin, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Mistle Thrush (including a fledged juvenile) and Coal Tit (including a family party).
The road past Castle Roy added farmland birds including Oystercatcher, House Sparrow (nesting in the castle walls), Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, Swallow, Meadow Pipit andded Biting Stonecrop (Sedum acre) and Wall Rue.
Back at the Abernethy Trust estate, two Spotted Flycatchers were feeding along the woodland edge.
Various stops in the course of the afternoon produced further interesting species as follows:
Kincraig: Goldeneye (female with brood of small, actively diving young), Osprey visiting possible nest site.
Inshriach: Goldfinch plus singing Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldcrest. Two dark damselflies.
Feshiebridge: Buzzard.
Loch Insh: Black-headed Gull (19), Herring Gull (1), Common Sandpiper (1), Mallard (4), Goldeneye (1) pluse Tree Pipit, Goldcrest and Carrion Crow.
Glebe Ponds: Mallard (40+ including two broods of young), Domestic Mallard (2), Domestic Greylag Goose (2), Moorhen (adult plus one large and 2-4 small young - indicating two broods).
Insh Marshes: Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull (at least 20 AONs), Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Pheasant, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose (7) and Swift (2).
Spey bridge, Kingussie: Dipper, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and Sand Martin (plus 20 Rooks nearer the town and two Rabbits at the visitor car park. 
Drumochter Pass: two Feral Pigeons flying north.


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