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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, February 16, 2019

A Mistle Thrush and a Blackbird were singing outside the house at 6:30 this morning. A little later, at least eleven Collared Doves were either displaying or singing along a quarter of a mile stretch of road between Cardonald Place Farm and the top of Tweedsmir Road. Also notable was a Lesser Black-backed Gull, my first local bird of the year, and a cockerel crowing near Shiloh Hall (after I heard another at Cardonald Animal Rehoming Centre last week).
A walk around Linlithgow Loch and over Airngath Hill produced some interesting sightings. Most notable was a flock of at least one hundred mixed finches (Chaffinches, Bramblings, Goldfinches and at least one Greenfinch) feeding in a field of ripe sunflowers at Bonnytoun Farm. Nearby were a Pied Wagtail, a singing Skylark and at least two Tree Sparrows. A single bee (my first of the year) was visiting Crocuses in Bo'ness. Heading home, Kinneil Lagoon held large flocks of Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot and Dunlin, as well as four Scaup in the channel. Hogganfield Loch held 14 Whooper Swans.

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