A few days ago on this blog, I foolishly said something about Spring arriving. Well, she's abruptly turned round and left again and we're back in the middle of winter. Yesterday and last night there was a lot of snow and hail in Edinburgh. This morning it started out sunny but very cold. Several people couldn't get to my birdwatching class this morning, but those who did, braved the intermittent blizzards to enjoy wonderful snowy landscapes, excellent views of a buzzard and a kestrel and very close views of dunnocks and wrens. The dunnocks and wrens seemed to have found little dens in the snow, where they disappeared to look for food or to keep warm.
The highlight of the morning though was seeing a red fox on the old quarry. We first saw it during one of the sunny periods of the morning, its red coat gleaming beautiful in the sunshine. We were all slightly concerned that it would eat one of the several rabbits that were running around the slopes, but the bunnies seemed to have the upper hand, in fact they seemed to be teasing the fox, who frequently shifted position and started to chase rabbits but then sat down again. Eventually the fox ran off over the top of the quarry and the rabbits carried on with what they were doing. Then the snow set in again.
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