A Hawk in Galloway

Hawks were the birds seen most often in Galloway.

What we heard on the moor on Craigmoddie Fell, however, was the lonely sound of a cuckoo.


European Robin

Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher

On the Isle of Skye, John caught this little bird as it was taking flight.  We later learned that, in "Mary Poppins", written by an English author and set in London, the robin to which Mary sang was not America's plump, red-breasted herald of spring that was pictured in the film but its smaller, European cousin.

  

On the last, beautiful day of our fantastic journey, as we bid farewell to Loch Lomond and returned to our car, this Eurasian Oystercatcher bid farewell to us from the parking lot.

A Pheasant in Dumfriesshire - John would have loved to get this close to a pheasant during hunting season in Pennsylvania. These birds strolled the grounds freely at our bed and breakfast Craigadam.

  

Blackbirds in Dundonald Castle

On a visit to the village of Dundonald, we told the guide at Dundonald Castle that we once lived in Baltimore, Maryland.  The guide told us that the castle also has a connection to that city.  While Edgar Allen Poe lived, died, and was buried in Baltimore, his stepfather was from the village of Dundonald. Consequently, Poe once visited there and spent time at Dundonald Castle.

  

Poe's experience there is believed to have helped inspire his most famous poem, "The Raven".  As we walked through the castle ruins, a pair of large black birds swooped down between the roofless walls, flew about, and perched on the grate in one of the windows.

 

Hielan' Coos

That's Highland cows to you.  On the right is a full-grown version of the calf that peered at us over the stone wall.  Then, of course, there were sheep aplenty.  Following are our three best takes of the wooly beasties (click to see full view).  My personal favorite is the little lamb that had no more sense than to sleep right on the road that we drove to Loch Lomond.  It is no wonder the Bible calls us sheep. 

A Ewe and Lamb   
by the Cardross Road

  

 

Lambs at Craigadam

   Little Lamb Lying

on the Cardross Road 

   

 

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