the poppies and other flowers are wonderful along the John Muir Walkway in Musselburgh at the moment.
Plenty of bees too and a flash of blue dragonfly. Two butterflies were dancing together, flying up into the tops of the trees, I thought they were speckled wood butterflies but those aren't (according to my book) supposed to be around Edinburgh). Plus I saw this wonderfully green beetle / weevil. Edited to add: this has now been identified by a member of Edinburgh Natural History Society as either a Phyllobius or Polydrusus species of weevil
and just over the sea wall I was delighted to see this group of young starlings poking around in the seaweed, not something I've seen them do before
and further along these eiders, the males in eclipse plumage. Two male mallards in the foreground.