We did not plan to look for wildlife on our journey either, but we captured a few creatures nonetheless.
A Hawk in Galloway - Hawks were the birds most often seen in Galloway. What we heard on the moor on Craigmoddie Fell, however, was the lonely sound of cuckoos.
John would love to get this close to a pheasant during hunting season in Pennsylvania. They strolled the grounds freely at one of our bed and breakfasts.
When we told one of the guides at Dundonald Castle that we once lived in Baltimore, Maryland, he told us the castle also has a connection to that city. Edgar Allen Poe lived, died and was buried in Baltimore; however, his stepfather was from the village of Dundonald, Scotland. Consequently, Poe once visited Dundonald and spent time at the castle. His experience there is believed to have helped inspire perhaps his most famous poem, "The Raven." Indeed, as we walked through the castle ruins, several large black birds swooped down between the roofless walls, flew about, and perched on the grate in one of the windows.
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. Those following are our three best takes. My personal favorite is the little lamb that had no more sense than to sleep right on the road on our way to Loch Lomond. It is no wonder the Bible refers to people as sheep.