A Bird’s View
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.
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.
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!!