February 11th   Leave a comment

This morning I walked from Balcomie, north along the shore to the end of the golf course and then cut back to Crail along the track from Wormiston Farm, past the yellow house and through the now all ploughed and empty fields. Although it was quiet inland – almost a desert, with only flocks of finches (linnets, greenfinches and chaffinches) in the farmhouse trees – the sea and shore was very busy as usual. The highlight of the morning was a couple of pale-bellied brent geese flying along the shore (bird species number 86 for my Crail year list and usually a September bird. John tells me that they have been regular between Fife Ness and Kingsbarns recently. I did have them early in year, last year as well so I wonder if they are starting to regularly winter along our stretch of coast rather than just being passage birds. I also counted ten red-throated divers out from the golf course with one of them starting to get a ghost of a red-throat in anticipation of the spring.

Brent goose (pale-bellied form so probably from Svalbard)

Posted February 12, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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