Trip reports

Roslin Glen

Roslin Glen
Robin - Rosie Filipiak

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We were lucky with a mild early spring day with occasional sunshine for our outing to Roslin Glen - although the birdlife could have been a little more obliging! We started with a walk around the carpark area where we got our best views of goldcrests and also heard a lot of our common woodland birds getting going with their courtship songs. For most of us we also heard our first chiffchaff of the year but it took some time to spot it even with the bare branches of the trees. Both male and female bullfinches were seen, always a nice sighting. Heading along beside the river some of us caught a glimpse of a dipper and as we crossed the bridge we caught up with it again and watched it feeding in the fast flowing river below. We then took the walk along to the old Gunpowder Mill, the woodland floor here was covered with alliums (ransomes and the introduced and invasive few-flowered leek) both scenting the air with garlic. A number of chiffchaffs were calling and one came down to shrub height giving us good views. Up to the cycle track and looking over the valley we counted four buzzards over the trees. Stopping at the old weir on the way back we saw a pair of grey wagtail, and back at the road bridge the dipper was still feeding in the same place as earlier.
Rosie Filipiak