December 14th   Leave a comment

I checked out the stubble fields around Wormiston again, this time walking through them more systematically. The geese were all gone but this time I found several groups of lapland buntings. At least 10 and likely more than 20 mixed in amongst the skylarks. Even 10 lapland buntings at this time of year is exceptional in the UK. I bet there are many more, but because even the skylarks are inconspicuous and not flushing until you are 20 or so meters away, they are almost always overlooked.

Little Grebe

Down at the shore by Balcomie there was a little grebe. Another hard weather movement; I suspect its pond inland will have frozen forcing it out to the sea to forage. A juvenile hen harrier was also hunting along the shore – probably the same bird as two days ago.

Posted December 19, 2010 by wildcrail in Sightings

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