We had a lovely walk round Arthur's Seat today.
We enjoyed watching the jackdaws, this couple were collecting nesting material
The herons already have their nests built, you can see them in the trees on the island in Duddingston loch, another photo from Crafty Green Boyfriend whose camera has a better zoom than mine!
Crafty Green Boyfriend also took this photo of a greenfinch, we were surprised by how many of these lovely little birds we saw today, they are generally declining in number and not usually very common, but we guessed we saw about 5 or 6 today
fulmars nesting in the cliffs of Salisbury crags, one of their few inland nesting colonies. The colony here is sadly a lot smaller than it used to be and neither of us could get photos of the birds.
There were some beautiful lichens on some of the trees, I particularly like this one, which clearly shows the round fruiting bodies in the yellowe lichen (and I've given up trying to identify lichens for now!)
The whole area round Arthurs Seat and the Crags is very beautiful, here are some more of my photos
One of the prompts for NaPoWriMo today was to take a piece of jargonistic, official writing and transform it into something more poetic. So I'm thinking of doing this with the manifesto of one of the Scottish conservation organisations, but so far have not been enough inspired by the text to produce anything resembling poetry! I did write two poems yesterday though so I am on target!