Every year at around this time, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I visit Linlithgow Loch (a short train journey away from Edinburgh) to hopefully see great crested grebes performing their wonderful courtship dance.
In 2013 we had great luck seeing the grebes dancing in early March (see this blog post).
So how did we fare yesterday?
Well, when we arrived at the loch we were greeted by this friendly coot, showing off its feet, which are beautifully lobed (unlike the feet of ducks, geese and swans which are webbed)
There were a lot of lesser celandines in bloom around the loch, including this field
little creature is busily tunnelling near the loch.