Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Urban Birding - Edinburgh Style - Water of Leith & Stockbridge

This will be a photoless wildlife blog as I didn't have my camera with me last weekend. We took a trip up to Edinburgh to visit our fantastic daughter who was having a wee birthday as they say up there, so the focus was certainly on eat, drink and be merry!

But we did go for a couple of walks, the first being from Stockbridge to Leith along the Water of Leith. The weather wasn't kind but we did see our fits Grey Wagtail for a while feeding on a weir. Along with Gulls, Mute Swan, Mallard of course and the normal urban birds.

Then one morning whilst making a cuppa and just looking out of Jen's kitchen window, I counted 14 species in just 15 minutes: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Dunnock, Magpie, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Not a bad haul at all.

Finally on our last day before catching the train home we went for a lazy lunch, finished off with a short walk along the Water of Leith but staying in Stockbridge. This is when we struck gold or in the case blue, then brown and white. Firstly we saw another Grey Wagtail, followed quickly by a magnificent Kingfisher that stayed in view for a good few minutes, brilliant, but then just a 100 yards further on we came across a pair of Dippers in the middle of Edinburgh! Awesome, this was quickly followed by a third and two more Grey Wagtails. What a brilliant present for us as a finale to our wonderful weekend.

So a big thanks to Jen & Jono for putting up with us for four nights!

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