May was National Walking Month here in the UK, so what better way to start June's 30 Days Wild than with a walk! So today, as I often do, I walked from the centre of Musselburgh along the River Esk
reed bunting, meadow pipit and stonechat. Skylarks sing constantly here at this time of year.
At this time of the year there are also a lot of flowers along this walkway, it's slightly too early for the best displays this year but the Jack-go-to-bed-by-noon is already out
House martins and swifts were flying round the boating pond and I was amused by the pink horse in the middle of the pond.
Musselburgh Riding of the Marches.
Turning left at the top of the boating pond, I took the path into the nature reserve itself
willow warblers and chiffchaffs (recognisable through their songs, not their very similar appearances!).
The paths lead to three bird hides, where you have a good view over the lagoons, which are unfortunately currently being drained for their annual clean and refresh
arctic terns nesting on the island in the middle of the loch and a couple of whooper swans were swimming quietly round as well (thanks to Crafty Green Boyfriend for this photo).
30 Days Wild is a project from the Wildlife Trusts to encourage people to spend some time engaging with nature every day in June. Some of the things I'll be doing over the next month include: writing poetry, drawing bunnies, reviewing books and films and learning more about nature! I have to admit, pretty much what I blog about normally! It's not too late to join in yourself, if you haven't already signed up, you can do so here.