I've been in Colinton Dell twice this week with birdwatching groups. Both times we've had really good views of a pair of dippers gathering nesting materials and flying to what seems like a nest site under a bridge! Dippers are fascinating birds, I could watch them all day, they'll always so busy, flying from rock to rock and diving into the water, where you can sometimes see them swimming (though their brown and white plumage blends perfectly into a rushing peaty river like the Water of Leith.)
Both groups got ample opportunity to learn some birdsong as chaffinches, robins, blue tits, great tits were in full voice.
Today, we were also lucky to have a large group of long tailed tits playing in a group near us.
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