January 22nd   Leave a comment

There were 30 or so ringed plover out at Fife Ness today in clusters along the beach at Balcomie. Kingsbarns beach is also a good place to see ringed plovers. They flock up, as with many waders, on the high tide to roost. They are much more scattered, singly or in pairs, at low tide and are much harder to see, spread out all along the coast between Kingsbarns and Crail. Ringed plovers really bear close inspection with their neat bib and eye mask.

Ringed plover

Out at sea in the distance there were several gannets. They are starting to come back now. They must be one of the earliest signs of spring for us. The snowdrops are well up in Denburn as well, but then everyone has snowdrops popping up. We have 50,000 gannets to come back before April.

One gannet doesn't make a spring

Posted January 22, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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