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The winds were fairly southerly tonight so despite the poor visibility there were a lot of seabirds to see passing close in to Crail. It was really noticeable how many newly fledged kittiwakes there were. They were outnumbering the adults indicating that the local birds have probably done well this year. I heard today that even the arctic terns fledged some chicks this year on the May island. This might have something to do with a little bit of strategic gull control, but I have only heard rumours. But both species getting chicks off means that there are sand eels about and all is not as dire as it might be this summer. There are a couple of very fat fulmar chicks on castle walk that also should make it. There are also many empty nests. One or two have pathetic squashed chicks at the bottom that will have got soaked and chilled in the many rainstorms we had in late June and early July.

Newly fledged kittiwake – just as beautiful as the adults and the most distinctive gull around Crail at the moment

Posted August 2, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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