April 1st   Leave a comment

It doesn’t seem like any more puffins have washed onto the beach at Balcomie. The corpses from the end of last week are still there though, gradually getting eaten by the gulls. On a more cheerful note, there was a small flock of golden plover feeding on the field next to the golf course, with most of them in full spring finery. For a few surreal minutes they fed on the adjacent, temporarily deserted, driving range. They are ordinarily so beautifully camouflaged, even in their bright breeding plumage, but not today as they trotted amongst the hundreds of golf balls scattered over the turf.

Golden plover in breeding plumage - evolution has equipped it to disappear in a bare earth field, if not quite yet on a driving range

Golden plover in breeding plumage – evolution has equipped it to be inconspicuous in a bare earth field, if not quite yet on a driving range

Posted April 1, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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