We've had a lot of rain recently, which meant some lovely rainbows the other day
I heard over the past few days that a gadwall had been seen at Blackford Pond. Gadwall are rarely seen in Edinburgh (though sometimes can be seen on the Figgate Pond (see this blogpost) or at Musselburgh) so Crafty Green Boyfriend and I decided to brave today's rain and visit the pond hoping for a good view. We were very lucky as the male gadwall was swimming around in full view
as was this female gadwall. She looks quite like a slightly smaller female mallard, but her patterning is quite different.
We also met this friendly cat, who was very pleased to find out that Crafty Green Boyfriend was carrying some cat snacks with him!