Sunday, 14 February 2016

A Snowy Walk

It snowed a lot yesterday and we got caught in the middle of it as we walked round Arthur's Seat! Here's a wonderful snowy view of Salisbury Crags



We had wonderful views of a pair of kestrels being mobbed by carrion crows. The crows were trying to drive the kestrels away - perhaps they were competing for the same nest site? (The kestrels seemed to be taking residence in a nice sheltered space in among some rocks). I tried to photograph the birds but with no success, but this is the area where the drama was happening


This robin was much more amenable to having its photo taken - in fact we suspect it was looking for a food handout, though we had nothing to give to it



It's very wet and muddy everywhere at the moment!

So we avoided the unofficial path through the greenery, in both directions of our walk, which meant we got some slightly different views that we don't usually see when we take the unofficial path (Salisbury Crags again!)

Arthur's Seat is a wonderful place for a walk and it's very close to the centre of Edinburgh, which means there are plenty of nearby cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from for a warming meal and drink after a wintry walk! 

On the way home we met this cat.....

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9 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Lovely atmosphere! Around here buzzards are very vulnerable to crows having ago, being so slow to get up to speed and altitude. I often see them being forced down into a tree by crows.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty view and a lovely spot for a walk. The robin is cute! Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

speedyrabbit said...

Lovely views,Happy Valentine's day from us,xx Rachel and Speedy

sage said...

Beautiful photos--I feel alive being out when it is damp and cold!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How fun that you took along with you on your walk!! Such a beautiful area your part of the world is!!! And your descriptive text was so enlightening. PS...love the photo the robin!!!

Rabbits' Guy said...

All the amenities nearby! Hot tea after a snow squall works for me!

Here the Bald Eagles spend lots of time on the updrafts now - I think there are some courting and territory issues being involved. The crows have a harassing ball!

gabriellebryden said...

pretty puddy tat - far from the Robin we hope ;)

Donna said...

Oh so very lovely to walk in the snow, and I love all your green. Here we walk in the snow just not when it is so cold as it is now!

Geraldine said...

You live in such a beautiful and intriguing area Juliet. I enjoy seeing pics of your world!

You mention the larks beautiful singing, I can remember years ago meadow-larks on the Canadian Prairies, where I grew up and lived for many years. Their song was so memorable and magical.

Have a super week, G