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
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