May 5th   Leave a comment

Male wheatear on migration past Crail

Male wheatear on migration past Crail

The temperature climbed to 16 degrees today. The first butterflies were out with a few small tortoiseshells flying. Migration resumed with the south-westerly breeze. Swallows were passing along the coast northwards all day in groups of three or four, and my garden swallow was back, I think just this afternoon. Certainly there was a swallow circling around my house, happily singing away. There were some sand martins passing with the swallows. Northern wheatears were also on the move, with a few on the beach at Fife Ness and in the fields around Crail. There were several whimbrels and lots of sandwich terns as well. It all seemed more like the middle of April however: we are at least a couple of weeks behind. There are still no blackcaps in Denburn and I only saw a couple of house martins today. But there is much more on its way at least.

At Fife Ness this morning there was the usual spring pair of shelduck. They try to breed between Balcomie and Cambo every year but I think they are almost never successful.

Shelduck at Balcomie

Shelduck at Balcomie

Posted May 5, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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