January 13th   Leave a comment

Cold weather is back. I had snow flurries this morning a bit inland from Crail and it has been 2 degrees all day. I went up to the reservoir at Carnbee this lunchtime. This time of year smew – a gorgeous black and white merganser type duck – come in with colder weather and there have been one or two in other parts of Fife this week. No smew up there today but 13 goldeneyes were a good sign – they often occur together. There was a pair of coots and a mute swan on the reservoir as well. I’m glad to see both back there at the only regular site for both species in the Crail neighbourhood. I finished my birding with a walk through Kilrenny. It was eerily silent in between the snow showers. All the birds had shifted back into deep winter mode after last week’s false spring promise. There was a small flock of two mistle thrushes and three redwings in an adjacent field as highlights. In the distance, between me and Crail I could see large flocks of pink-feet geese flying every so often, so they are still in the Troustrie area.

Goldeneyes displaying - the males up at Carnbee were showing off to the females despite the cold

Goldeneyes displaying – the males up at Carnbee were showing off to the females like this despite the cold

Posted January 13, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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