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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, May 03, 2018

A day spent around Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Blairgowrie produced a good inland total of 64 species. Highlights were twelve singing Wood Warblers, displaying Common Sandpipers and Grey Wagtails, Dippers feeding fledged young at two sites, Jays feeding young at one, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers (I love finding this species on freshwater), calling Cuckoo and some other good migrants including Wheatear and Osprey. Some of the ones that got away were Stonechat, Whinchat and Peregrine (all seen/heard too briefly for a positive ID). One species that was notably missing was Lapwing with none seen all day. Of interest were two Song Thrushes incorporating Nuthatch song into their repertoire (two "real" Nuthatches were also recorded). Mammals consisted of Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Red Squirrel and Rabbit. Flowering plants included Wood Sorrel,  Forget-me-not and lots of Cuckoo Flower.

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