We had a lovely walk round Arthur's Seat yesterday. We were lucky with the weather too, while we were walking we only had a little bit of light drizzle, and then when we were safely inside for lunch it started raining quite heavily. You can see the rain-clouds moving in, in the photo below
Arthur's Seat is always a good place to see wildlife, and yesterday we were very lucky with our bird sightings. We watched two Buzzards gliding around, though we couldn't get them both in the same photo!
This young Carrion Crow seemed to be waiting patiently for its parents to come and feed it
Dunsapie Loch was full of birds, including this family of Mute Swans
this Black Headed Gull, already in winter plumage
We also saw a pair of Ravens, but they were impossible to photograph as they kept disappearing behind the hill.
We were delighted to see two Roe Deer in the field down below (though we could only get one of them in a photo)
Despite the wet weather there were a good few insects around, including quite a few Cinnabar Moth caterpillars,
too often ragwort is removed from public places, but, contrary to popular opinion, it is not a dangerous plant except for grazing mammals, and even then it isn't (apparently) harmful if it is alive, but only if it is harvested as silage and then fed to the animals).
It's always nice to find ladybirds, such as this Seven Spot Ladybird
The damp conditions also brought out this large black slug
and this Garden Snail
And it was nice to see the Herb Robert, which is showing off its seed pods, showing why this group of plants is also known as Cranesbills