One day I will get a decent dipper photo!!!
Once all had arrived we set off towards the St Helena footpath.
A Grey Heron was fishing on the weir near the cottage in his usual place.
The path follows the River Luce under the A75 road bridge, where we stopped to watch Sticklebacks in the river under the shade of the bridge.
Spring had truly arrived and the willow trees were buzzing with the sound of bumblebees.
Plenty of spring flowers were showing including celandines, wood sorrel and wood anemones, along with daffodils although most were cultivated and not wild.
Butterflies were also about including Red Admiral and Peacock.
A young rabbit on the path
Plenty of other common species of birds were spotted along the path but unfortunately when we arrived at the shore the tide was a long way out, so were the birds. Rock & Meadow Pipits were seen though and Mallards flying over and a distant Linnet.
On our return we spotted 2 Buzzards being mobbed by corvids. A lovely walk in the sunshine with good company and lovely to see a couple of new faces.