Yesterday we went to South Queensferry, a small town not far from Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth. We walked out of the town and along the Shore Walk through the Dalmeny Estate. We saw several swallows flying low over this field. Further along we wandered onto the beach and looked out over the Firth of Forth. It was incredibly windy and the eider ducks looked to be struggling on the choppy waters. We also saw small numbers of curlews and oystercatchers as well as lots of crows and gulls.
There were some determined birdwatchers on the grassy banks near the shore, with telescopes and tripods (if you click on the photo below, you may be able to see some of them!), no doubt watching out for unusual passage migrants that might be blown off course into the Firth.
We went back onto the woodland track and found some interesting fungi, the photo below shows earth balls on a rotten tree stump.