Yesterday evening we went for a lovely walk along part of the Union Canal in Edinburgh. It was commuting hour and there were lots of cyclists, some of whom were very polite, ringing thenr bell and saying thank you when walkers moved aside, others though treated the towpath as their own personal highway and seemed not to even realise that they have a bell.
Anyway, the weather was lovely, lots of flowers were in bloom, including dog roses, buttercups and a couple of species of vetches. There were a couple of swallows, 5 house martins, hedges full of house sparrows and several mallards on the water, including some youngsters looking almost grown up. The photo shows the adult female chasing the male away from the chicks.
But the birdwatching highlight was finding two families of mute swans with seven cygnets each. We had seen one of these pairs making its nest earlier this year and its wonderful to see that they have been so successful!
There are also some gorgeous photos of swans over on Let the Good Times Roll - you can see them here.