December 29th   Leave a comment

The tides are high and the winds from the south again so we have had some more big waves down along the shore. Not as severe as a couple of weeks ago. But Roome Bay was all water this afternoon, with hundreds of gulls feeding in the boiling surf as the sandhoppers and seaweed flies were washed out of their usual shelter on the upper shore. The gulls were mostly herring, black-headed and common but with about 20 great black-backed gulls today, which must be about the entire Crail population.

Black-headed gull

Black-headed gull

This winter is turning into a good one for purple sandpipers. There is a big roost down at Fife Ness and I counted about 30 roosting on the rocks directly in front of the car park at Kingsbarns earlier in the week. They are easiest to see at high tide as the darkest small waders amongst all the roosting birds.

Purple sandpipers at the roost at Fife Ness - getting pushed about by the big waves

Purple sandpipers at the roost at Fife Ness – getting pushed about by the big waves

There is a flock of about 150 pink-footed geese in the stubble field between Troustrie House and Thirdpart. Otherwise the fields are fairly quiet unless you get lucky and encounter one of the now widely dispersed flocks of birds, or the small groups of roe deer in the stubbles around Crail just now. I had a flock of fieldfare just north of Crail a few days ago, but otherwise I think there is little moving.

Posted December 29, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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