Yesterday we walked along the Water of Leith through the Dean Village and Stockbridge areas of Edinburgh and had a very birdwatching time of it! On the water we saw:
a dipper flying from stone to stone then off down the river where we caught up with it and watched it in the water then back on stones, bobbing up and down in its characteristic way;
a cormorant seeming to be too far from the sea but looking quite at home anyway;
a pair of goosanders;
a heron, standing still and silent, despite the noise of the machine that was crushing old Christmas trees just metres away from it;
a grey wagtail, far too pretty for its name, flitting along the riverbank;
We also saw two separate flocks of long tailed tits in the trees, whispering and flitting from branch to branch, some of them came quite close to us, beautiful birds and very colourful when you get close to them.
we saw a treecreeper climbing up the branches of a tree overhanging the water.
Finally, we passed a garden that is well known for having lots of bird feeders and it was full of chaffinches and bluetits.
Remember that all the bird names and place names link to sites that tell you more!