October 22nd   Leave a comment

I’ve been away from Crail for two weeks in Tanzania. Despite lots of things to see there (369 species in the seven days I was birding there) it has been very busy back here. Storms and strong easterly winds ten days ago brought in hundreds of ring ouzels along the coast and a very rare eastern olivaceous warbler to Kilminning. As tens of birders turned up each day to see the rarity, a couple of raddes warblers and a red-breasted flycatcher were found at Kilminning too. And they have stayed there since. I couldn’t believe my luck this morning to be able to catch up with the olivaceous warbler. The first for mainland Scotland and unlikely to make it back on to my Crail list in my lifetime. It was great to see it feeding amongst the dog roses down near the shore after the false alarm earlier this autumn. A very distinctive greyish bird with a long bill and often chacking as it dipped its tail.

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler – at Kilminning for the last ten days and showing well this morning just after my return to Crail. Phew!

Posted October 22, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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