My monthly BTO WeBS count along the Union Canal, Linlithgow to Philpstoun.
Monday 17th March
|my walk to Burntisland station, 7.05am|
Up at 6.30am
left house at 7
train from Burntisland 7.22
arrived Linlithgow 8.01
brief stop at dad's to breakfast and drop my rucksack
The count:Start time 8.20am
turnaround time 10am
End time 10.40am
Weather - Windy! Strongly blowing from west to east (the prevailing direction). Some glimpses of sun but mostly dark and threatening rain. Rain didn't arrive until I was nearly home.
The flood field - still quite extensively flooded. Lapwings are back and displaying for spring. They nest here each year. Before we knew anything about them the first time Jennifer and I saw and heard the courtship flight of a lapwing was here. The squeaking and tumbling of the bird in the sky before us made us think it was injured.
|huge paddle wings|
Waterbirds seen on/around canal:
Greylag goose 107
Pink-footed goose 110
Pied wagtail 1
All birds seen:
|One of my favourite views on the walk. I've seen dippers and a kingfisher on that stream.|