I'm continuing my wildlife surveys of Edinburgh's council managed cemeteries. Yesterday I travelled to Currie Kirkyard and Cemetery, which is almost in the countryside alongside the upper reaches of the Water of Leith.
Yesterday was my second survey of this cemetery, you can read about my first survey of this site here.
The kirkyard is very pretty, with several trees, while the newer cemetery extension offers wonderful views across to the new Forth Road Bridge and Fife.
The weather was very mixed this morning, ranging from bright sunshine to torrential rain! However, that didn't seem to deter the birds! I watched house sparrows and starlings visiting their nests under the eaves of nearby buildings, a robin feeding its young and a blackbird filling its beak with earthworms to take home to the nest. Chaffinches were everywhere, singing loudly and continuously.
Sadly, there didn't seem to be a great number of insects around.
Flowers were in bloom though from daisies
to the sweetly scented lilac bush
and if you look carefully at all the green growth, there are a good number of mosses here, including the Juniper Haircap
and this, which I think is a Common Pincushion Moss, with a lichen growing through it
and lots of my favourite liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha, here is a female plant
and here's the male