November 3rd   Leave a comment

It felt wintery today, damp and cold at the start with a cold wind from the west, although it brightened up later. Things have imperceptibly shifted from the excitement of the autumn migration to the less frantic winter. I had a single adult little gull past Crail in the morning, and the olivaceous warbler is still hanging around at Kilminning and still drawing in a crowd. My birding otherwise today was fairly quiet. Denburn had its winter usuals, being full of the thin calls of the tit and blackbird flocks. About the half the leaves are gone so it is much easier to see things there. No woodcocks as yet but any day soon.

Little gull – one past Crail this morning, but any excuse for a picture of one of Crail’s best regular “specials”

I am off to Nigeria this evening for my usual annual trip. Off to join our birds in their second home. I will be seeing swallows, house martins and whitethroats tomorrow. Considering the weather this week I can see why they might travel so far.

Posted November 3, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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