Blog #3 – Linn Park

In the middle of December I heard about some waxwings that were spotted at my local patch (Linn Park) so I went down for a look.


When I arrived at the park it was a cloudy but not too cold; I headed off down the path next to the river that would lead me to the bridge where the waxwings had been spotted.


No sooner had I arrived at the river when I spotted a Sparrowhawk overhead chasing a small bird.  In the river there were two dippers feeding in the water and then suddenly, out of nowhere, two kingfishers appeared flying along the water’s edge; both flew into a tree and then began moving up and down the stretch of river in front of me.  It was a great sight and lasted for about 40 minutes. I followed them up and down the bank and eventually managed to get a shot of a male one in a tree.












While I was following them around two grey wagtails flew past and then went to hide in amongst the vegetation. After I got a picture of the kingfisher he flew away and I started trying to get some photos of the dippers feeding mid-stream which was really difficult. I got a few decent shots, but not as close as I would have liked.


Then I went on search for the waxwings. I walked around a nearby village which had lots of berry trees where I was expecting to see them but unfortunately they didn’t show; but hey I had a great chocolate bar from the village!


Even though I didn’t manage to get a photo of the grey wagtails or a decent one of the dipper it was still extraordinary to see them. I still managed to get a decent one of the kingfishers. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t able to see the waxwings but still had a great day.

Author: Michael Sinclair

My name is Michael Sinclair and I’m a young naturalist from Glasgow although I can be seen all over the place doing crazy things.

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