October 2nd   Leave a comment

A miserable morning of heavy rain with the wind still tantalisingly from the east but no realistic way of seeing if anything was being brought in. It cleared up this afternoon although we still had a thick haar at Fife Ness. There were only a few optimistic golfers teeing off into the murk hoping that the greens were approximately where they were aiming. The patch in contrast was full of activity. Probably hundreds of goldcrests have come in since yesterday and one pine tree sounded like a hive of bees with the combined calls of at least 40 birds. My son was most impressed, however, by a common frog we found in the tiny pond (almost a bird bath) in the middle of the patch. We met a birder who put us on to a pied flycatcher up at Craighead Farm along with a chorus of another 40 goldcrests. When we met him again later he told us we just missed a ring ouzel and some bramblings as we left. You can’t win them all, but that’s at least three good migrants about today suggesting there are more to find. Denburn was however very quiet late afternoon, lacking even goldcrests.

Pied Flycatcher at Fife Ness

At sea late afternoon, after the haar had moved on, there were several sooty shearwaters, a small passage of very distant arctic or pomarine skuas and a black-throated diver past Crail. During the warm weather the sea was practically dead despite the southerly winds that usually bring seabirds closer in to Crail. Anything far out would have been unidentifiable in any case because of the heat haze. I am glad we are back to business as usual. I’m not sure a heat wave suits Crail.

It has been an unusually warm week weather wise. I had a look at the number of days that we have had above 21 degrees in the 154 day period from 1st April to October 1st to put it into perspective. Why 21 degrees? Purely arbitrary but I reckon this is about the point you shift from thinking it is just a warm day to a hot day (at least in Britain – apologies to anyone from genuinely hot countries who will find this laughably cool). Anyway, we have had only 7 days above 21 degrees this summer and three of them were this week. The hottest day this summer was the 3rd June (25.3 degrees) with the second hottest (22.4 degrees) on Thursday of this week.

Posted October 2, 2011 by wildcrail in Sightings

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: