Great crested grebes 'traditionally' perform their courtship dances in February, spring seems to be slightly early this year and I did see two great crested grebes 'practising' their dance at Cramond a couple of weeks back. So, we decided to go to Linlithgow Loch today, because it is acknowledged to be the best place to see the great crested grebes dancing in the Edinburgh area:
visited Linlithgow Loch right at the beginning of March and saw the full dances. It might have helped that that day was beautifully sunny, while today was dull and damp, not the best time to be dancing perhaps.
We did however see a lot of birds, including this cute coot, just starting to build a nest in a fallen tree:
pochard, little grebe, tufted ducks, cormorants, moorhens, mallards and a grey heron.
And it's always pleasant to walk round Linlithgow Loch, with its views of Linlithgow Palace
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