Then I walked along the John Muir Walkway to Musselburgh lagoons. This walk is well known for the views you get in winter of waders and sea ducks, but at this time of the year the grass by the path fills up with smaller, more secretive birds. Yesterday I delighted in the first wheatears of the year, a male and a female chasing each other, several reed buntings chasing each other and surround-sound skylark song, which is something that is becoming rarer and rarer as skylarks continue to decline across the UK.
I was delighted to see about ten house martins swooping over the Boating Pond (or were they actually sand martins? it seems a bit early for house martins to be back in Scotland for the summer, but although sand martins have definitely arrived back already, these birds seemed too dark to be sand martins). Whichever species, always wonderful to see them.
sunlight through clouds -