October 26th   Leave a comment

Golden Plover

A beautiful and even warm day today, almost without wind, in sharp contrast to the start of the week. There were about 100 golden plover roosting down on the rocky shore mid-morning at Sauchope, but no sign of the American Golden Plover. Still European golden plovers are lovely birds in their own right. The grey herons were roosting in the usual field by Pinkerton – I noticed recently that Elie have their own heron roosting field also tucked into the East side of the town. The wind is usually from the southwest in Elie as in Crail, so probably this is the most sheltered side, while still providing the herons with good visibility of any approaching predators. There were some fieldfares at the Balcomie Caravan park. The bushes around the park are a magnet for thrushes and waxwings when they are here because of the many fruiting rowans there. First thing this morning I had a great crested grebe flying past Crail into the Forth. Although this is one of our commonest grebes and often on the sea this was my first for Crail. This brings the Crail list up to 199.

Great crested grebe

Posted November 1, 2011 by wildcrail in Sightings

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