We braved the high winds today to walk round Arthur's Seat. Looking over Duddingston Loch, we saw that about eight pairs of herons have started constructing their nests in the trees on one of the islands. If you click on the photo below to enlarge it and look carefully, you may be able to see some of the herons:
The black headed gulls though haven't yet developed their breeding plumage of dark brown heads and still just have the dark spot behind the eye
There were a lot of Canada geese around
and this unusual looking goose, who is a hybrid between a Canada goose and a greylag goose
The mute swan posed beautifully for the camera, hiding its head in its wings
We had seen two kestrels chasing each other early on the walk and right at the end, at the edge of Holyrood Park, we caught up with the female
Thanks to Crafty Green Boyfriend who took most of the photos in this blogpost!