Saturday 19 February 2022

Sunshine on the Figgy

 So Storm Eunice has been and gone and Edinburgh didn't suffer too much, at least not in our part of town. Today has been beautiful and sunny, though very cold and everywhere is muddy and wet because of all the rain. We had a lovely walk round Figgate Park (often referred to as the Figgy). The treew were all glowing in the low winter sunlight

The birch tree in the photo above is full of "witches' brooms" - galls that are caused by a variety of organisms, including some species of wasps. 

The Pond was full of birds, some of which seem to be pairing up for the Spring, including this pair of tufted ducks 

and this pair of goosanders 

the Canada geese too 

and the mallards were chasing each other, enthusiastically, though we didn't catch that on film!

The mute swans were there too, including this full grown adult

and this juvenile

Mute swans usually nest in two sites in the park, so hopefully they'll do so again this year. There were also a  good number of small birds flitting about in the trees and shrubs, including this goldcrest


The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs and love to see birds pairing up - does indicate that Spring is just around the corner. Lucky you seeing a Goldcrest - haven't seen one for years.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Winter looks pretty nice in your corner of the world! Wonderful birds. And it was interesting to learn the nickname for those galls (and, to be honest, to be reminded of that real name). Lovely golden light -- I sure hope that and the birds mean that Spring is definitely on the way for you.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Weaver, I seem to have good luck seeing goldcrests, they seem to like the woodland and parks around Edinburgh

Sallie - i think Spring will arrive in its own good time, but at least the storms have stopped now!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photographs ...

Pleased you didn't have any problems with the recent storms.

All the best Jan