I'm continuing my wildlife surveys of Edinburgh's council managed cemeteries by doing further surveys of the cemeteries that are richest in wildlife. I'm also popping into cemeteries whenever I get a chance to see if I can see any interesting wildlife in passing.
On Saturday, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I were in Leith and popped into Rosebank cemetery. We were impressed by how much field woodrush is growing in the cemetery
this post). Harlequins come in a variety of colour forms, two of which are shown below
Though we did see some other species of ladybirds, including this orange ladybird
We were also happy to spot this tiny larva of a red legged shield bug
We heard a great spotted woodpecker drumming on a tree trunk and then saw it fly across the back of the cemetery into a tall tree.
Today I revisited Morningside Cemetery to do a Spring survey. Morningside Cemetery is one of the many cemeteries in the city that have views across to Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh's most iconic hill
Quite a few spring flowers are in bloom including this Snakes Head Fritillary
and these daffodils
I found this beautiful little haircap moss (Juniper haircap I think) - isn't it pretty?
I saw a few bumble bees, including this red tailed bumblebee
Several birds were singing including coal tits, a mistle thrush and a goldcrest. Starlings were gathering nesting material and two male blackbirds were hopping round the grass.
You can read about my first visit to Morningside Cemetery in this post.