November 2nd   Leave a comment

Following the wigeon, there were long-tailed ducks moving into the Forth past Crail this morning. They are a real sign of winter. The temperature has certainly dropped this week to only a few degrees overnight. As the long-tails are coming in so the gannets are leaving. They are now becoming quite scarce with most of them already down off the coast of Portugal and Spain.

Long-tailed duck

I was on Kingsbarns Beach at lunchtime. It was unusually completely deserted after the heavy rain of the morning. It’s a beautiful beach but even more so when you have it to yourself and the birds. There were at least two stonechat by the middle bridge and some red-breasted mergansers in the surf. As I left a short-eared flew up from the rough grass field just to the north of the road to the car park before perching on a fence post. Close enough to appreciate its kohl surrounded yellow eyes. It was soon chased off by a couple of carrion crows, an occupational hazard for a day-flying owl.

Short-eared owl

Posted November 2, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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