A Bird’s View

10/02/14
The Almond has a fascination for me. I look to see what is on or in the water, and what is not. On a positive note - I have not seen a mink for several years.

This last year has been a bit disappointing for bird sightings except that I have seen the Kingfisher more often. That flash of brilliant blue at Dowie’s Mill or at Fair a Far weir is so distinctive.
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)


The Herons always attract attention but amongst the many Mallard occasionally there are some Goosander - so different in look and colour. Mergansers do not appear so often.

It is good to see the Water Dipper - a sure sign that the water quality is reasonable even if it looks bad at times. I wonder when SEPA will sort that out? The Wagtails are usually flickering about and occasionally a Cormorant flies fast up the river.

There has been the odd Dabchick (little grebe) and there used to be several Goldeneye below Cramond Brig but I have not seen any in the last year but there has been the odd Moorhen and Coot.
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)


Spring arrives with the Swifts and Martins flying about the old bridge.

I am sure there are other species and maybe this year I should take a more careful note!!

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