Thursday, 7 July 2022

Edinburgh, July, Day 2

A perfect day of weather today, at last. 23C and almost constant sun.  We bgan the day with a walk along the sea front and a coffee outside in the sun followed by some window shopping.  Then followed a day of revisiting past haunts beginning with Musselburgh Scrapes, like going back home.  There were the usual suspects present: oystercatchers, redshank, lapwing, heron, mallard and shelduck.  We continued our journey to the Scottish Ornithological Centre at Aberlady where we saw an excellent exhibition of prints linked to the poetry of John Clare.  Revrsing our route we called at Longniddry beach for sea glass searching.  Thomas and I had had a good session here many years ago and it still turned up trumps.  We enjoyed sitting in the sun over a late lunch before a quick visit the the estuary of the tiny River Eske.  This was very rewarding with large numbers of eclipse plumage eider duck, curlew and oystercatchers.  I was delighted to find a small group of superb summer plumage bar-tailed godwit along with a flock of red breasted mergansers and a few common terns.
A great day.
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