Saturday 16 September 2017

Acorns and a lovely surprise on Corstorphine HIll

As I often do on a Friday, I joined Crafty Green Boyfriend for a wander round Corstorphine Hill yesterday lunchtime.

The acorns are looking lovely on the oak trees just now

but the most wonderful thing was to see two spotted flycatchers! These birds are really declining in the UK and are very rarely seen in Edinburgh. We knew that they had been seen on Corstorphine Hill in the past, but didn't think they were still around. We don't know whether these birds had been on the hill all summer and we'd just missed them (but their behaviour is so distinctive that it seems unlikely that we would overlook them all summer) or whether they were just passing through on their migration to warmer climates. It was lovely to see them flying from their perches and back again, though like Thursday's bats they were too speedy and slightly too far away to get photos of them. There were lots of other birds around too, but the spotted flycatchers were definitely the stars of the show!

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Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, Autumn is here ... the conkers, the acorns.
So pleased you saw two spotted flycatchers - special indeed.

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love the acorns. Congrats on your flycatcher sighting. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

Lynn said...

A lovely walk. I have acorns falling around my porch, and had picked up one and put on a shelf inside my home, but for some reason, my house cleaner threw it out. :) I guess she hasn't discerned my whimsical nature.

NatureFootstep said...

acorns and flycatchers, a great find :)