August 25th   Leave a comment

There may well have been some good birds around this morning, but they were hiding in the fog. I spent lunchtime on Kingsbarns beach seeing nothing. It was still nice – Kingsbarns Beach is always nice – I could hear the sandwich terns out in the surf. The “ski –er – rick” of the adults and the continual “skree-skree-skree” of their ever hungry young that forms so much of the beach soundscape at this time of year.

It brightened up this afternoon. There were a lot of willow warblers at Balcomie and Kilminning and one pied flycatcher and a garden warbler indicating that there was at least a small fall of migrants this weekend. There was a large flock of swallows and some sand martins on the airfield fence at Kilminning. They are already lining up on the wires in anticipation of migration – although this flock may well have already been on their way.

I sat on Roome Bay beach in the late afternoon sunshine and watched the seaweed flies displaying on the beach. Although they can seem a bit of a nuisance when you share the beach with them they really don’t bother about people. Today they were on every bit of higher ground on the sand scissoring their wings at each other to attract a mate. In the middle of winter all their effort will be feeding my favourite shorebirds so I wished them well.

A seaweed fly on a washed up creel on Roome Bay beach - making sure that there is plenty of food for the shorebirds this winter

A seaweed fly on a washed up creel on Roome Bay beach – making sure that there is plenty of food for the shorebirds this winter

Posted August 25, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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