A Hawk in Galloway
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.
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.
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 the 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
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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