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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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Strathspey trip
The usual Rabbits along the route plus four Brown Hares in a field south of Pitlochry.
Single Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Curlew on the moor near Dalnacardoch Lodge in Glen Garry.
Moorhen and Swallow in potential breeding habitat near Dalwhinnie.
A Greylag Goose with a gosling at the pools north of Dalwhinnie.
A Dipper was on a rock under the Nethybridge pedestrian bridge.
Two pairs of Swallows were frequenting a barn at the Dell of Abernethy.
Abernethy Forest full of singing Willow Warblers, Chaffinches, Coal Tits, Tree Pipits, Goldcrests, Wrens and Robins plus a single Redstart and two Crested Tits.
Singing Tree Pipits were quite widespread including four in the grassy areas around Cuchenlupe.
Two male and two female Goldeneye (including a pair courting) were on the Spey near Boat of Garten, together with a female-type Goosander and a pair of Mallards.
A pair of Mallards on Milton Loch had a brood of five young but three Teal and two pairs of Tufted Duck had not bred yet.
Two adults were attending to a juvenile Grey Heron in the Milton Loch colony. Below, two Moorhens were on the loch.
A single Dipper, two Pied Wagtails and two Common Sandpipers (with an Oystercatcher overhead) were possible breeders on the Spey south of Boat of Garten.
Finally two developments I noticed, neither of which is welcome; the operators of Dalwhinnie Distillery have dug up most of the lawn surrounding their buildings to (presumably) create more parking space, thus reducing the feeding area for Pied Wagtails (and the occasional resting area for passage Ringed Plovers).



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