Saturday, 11 June 2016

Arthurs Seat for 30 Days Wild

We had a lovely walk round Arthurs Seat today.

The cow parsley is in full bloom

and a few spikes of vipers bugloss are out

Jackdaws are nesting in this wall, we could hear the young calling from between the stones

There's a lot of birdsfoot trefoil out as you can see in the photo above, such a lovely flower up close

When we walked further we met this adorable fox cub, who was checking out the foxgloves

I'm not sure the gloves come in the right size for a cub's paws! The little creature was very keen to explore and hopped around in front of us for quite a while (thanks Crafty Green Boyfriend for the photos of the cub)

Lots of birds around too, not just the jackdaws but also linnets, greenfinches, chaffinches, wrens, a whitethroat and a mistle thrush (among others)! The most amazing birds though were the swifts. We sat for a while admiring this view

While we were sitting there, we were surrounded by swifts (though none agreed to be photographed!). They were flying round our feet and over our heads! There must have been fifty of them! It's interesting that over the past couple of years as the swifts have declined in the immediate area where we live, they seem to have increased around Arthurs Seat. We never used to see them in any number here until last year (and perhaps the year before). Lovely to see indeed!

For 30 Days Wild.

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Simon Douglas Thompson said...

All the spring flowers are gone here, no trefoil yet though. Cow parsley 6 feet high round here, tons of the stuff.

Lowcarb team member said...

Some more lovely photo's you've shared... and yes, the fox cub really does look like it's checking out the foxgloves very inquisitively. They are very good.

Hope your weekend is going well

All the best Jan

Naquillity said...

that fox cub is adorable... hope all is well.

WendyTagg said...

Just love those foxy photos - and glad you found swifts. That scream in a sound that takes me back to my childhood.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like a pretty walk. Love the wildflowers and fox! Great sightings. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Lynn said...

Gorgeous walk!