Calton Hill



Views from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, looking over the city, the Firth of Forth and Inchkeith, Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Palace, and the distinctive, opinion-dividing new construction featuring the 'walnut whip' on its roof (to choose one of the more polite nicknames...), which will be part of the new St James Quarter shopping centre, due to open this year. Also, a couple of birds which were foraging for grubs beside the path; a magpie and a redwing. Redwings are cold-weather birds, visiting the UK in the winter months, and returning to Scandinavia, Iceland and Russia for spring and summer. A very small number of them stay in Scotland throughout the year. As far as cities go, Edinburgh is quite a good place for birdwatching. There are so many green spaces in the city, as well as waterways, a loch and the sea nearby, that many birds and wildlife can find a niche here.