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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, October 27, 2018

Highlights of a day spent in Glenmore were 30+ Brambling feeding on Beech mast and a minimum of 23 Jays showing well between Inverdruie and Inshriach. Details were as follows:
A single Red Grouse near the “Drumochter Pass” sign.
Two Rabbits in the grounds of Dalwhinnie Distillery.
Two Roe Deer just after the start of moorland north of Calvine.
A Red-legged Partridge at Newtonmore Station.
Single Buzzards at Insh Marshes, Dalraddy Moor, Beech Grove, the Martineau Monument, the Doune, .
The usual autumn/winter species in Aviemore including Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Redwing, Robin, House Sparrow, Siskin and Chaffinch.
Jays just south of Aviemore (1), at the Beech wood west of the Rothiemurchus Triangle (1), at the Doune (ten, including nine in one tree), along the Insh Road opposite the Duke of Gordon
Single Great Spotted Woodpeckers at the Rothiemurchus Triangle, further along the road towards
At least 31 Bramblings feeding under Beech trees with Pheasant, Woodpigeon (an adult and a young
A tit flock consisting of Blue Tit (4), Great Tit (2), Coal Tit (1), Long-tailed Tit (1) and Treecreeper (1) in Birches west of the Rothiemurchus Triangle.
A tit flock consisting of Goldcrest (1), Blue Tit (1), Great Tit (2), Coal Tit (10) and Crested Tit (1) at Feshiebridge.
A loose flock of passerines consisting of Blue Tit (3), Great Tit (8), Coal Tit (1), Long-tailed Tit (6), Blackbird, (1), Redwing (2), Robin (1) and Chaffinch (3) at the Martineau Monument.
A flock of around 40 Fieldfares (and one Redwing) over the horse paddock behind the Inverdruie Curling Pond.
Lots of colour in the trees with Aspen, Birch and Sycamore turning yellow, and Beech orange.
A Dipper perched quietly on tree roots beside the Spey.
A small concentration of finches along the road past Inshriach House consisting of Chaffinch (4), Bullfinch (3), Greenfinch (4) and Siskin (2).

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