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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.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Some breeding birds were showing well in my home square today including Long-tailed Tit (a pair with a mobile brood), Moorhen (present at four sites, with a large juvenile at one and a brood being fed in the nest at another) and Starling (chicks calling from a nest in the roof of a house in Bonnyholm). A pair of Bullfinches were acting as if they had a nest nearby and two famale-type Goosanders resting on a log could have been this year's immatures. Notable flowering plants included Solomon's Seal, Honesty and Arum Lilly (presumably all naturalised). Grey Squirrel numbers were the highest for a while at eleven and a single Red Fox was carrying food in daylight. A little later on, the sound of angry Starlings made me look up to see a Sparrowhawk being escorted out of the area by a posse of seven birds 

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