Last week I read on the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Facebook Page that a very special guest had visited Blackford Pond. I hoped that this special guest would still be around today when I took my birdwatching class to the pond.
I walked round the pond before meeting the group to check whether our guest had arrived and indeed he had, though he was shyly sitting on the other side of the pond (he's the one on the right with a splash of orange on his back).
We carried on our walk into the Hermitage of Braid including the wooded wetland garden and Midmar Paddock and then turned back and walked round the pond again. This time our guest had overcome his shyness and posed happily for the cameras
A male mandarin, nicknamed Jerry, had been living on Figgate Pond earlier this year but recently disappeared and I suspect that this is the same duck. You can see my blog posts about the Figgate mandarin (with better photos) here and here.
Meanwhile, Daily Bunny today features my photo of one of the bunnies from the Corstorphine HIll warren in Edinburgh, snacking on the grass outside the hotel and just near the bus stop.