Tuesday 20 October 2020

The Mandarin has Returned

 The weather has taken a slightly more pleasant turn, and I've been able to get some nice autumn walks in, and the odd run too. 

Slow runs, with my newly returned and frustrating stomach wobbling. 

As well as revisiting the cafe on the park, I've been round the two lakes and was delighted to discover that the beautiful mandarin drake has returned from his summer holidays, and is back on the Blue Lake again looking super beautiful.

I have no idea if he has a mate anywhere, but I hope so.

Speaking of mates, the mallard drakes are now in their winter plumage again and looking very smart with their bottle green heads. They are getting feisty over the ladies already too, with some hissy fits down on the water. 

I'm counting down until snowdrop time already.


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  1. That mandarin is exquisite - almost as good as the autumn colour of those leaves Si.

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  2. We have Mandarins visit each year and female but never seem to pair up.

  3. Lovely birds, how odd that something once so exotic is so commonplace, like little egrets

  4. A mandarin tours Edinburgh every so often, always a lovely bird to see