October 16th   Leave a comment

Amongst all the rarities some other unusual Crail birds have been making more of an appearance. It must have been a good season for the magpies down at Fife Ness and I think also a second family at Kilminning (but they could be the same birds with only the golf course really separating the two areas). It’s not unusual to see 4 or 5 magpies in both areas and they seem to be less shy than usual: there are certainly some more foraging opportunities for them at Kilminning just now. I’m not seeing much of the magpies around the shore side gardens of Nethergate in Crail so they may have not been as successful this year. We don’t have anything like the magpie numbers of Edinburgh or even just a bit further west in Fife. And I still wonder about their shyness around Crail – it’s as if they are hunted but I’ve never seen any evidence of this either by humans or more excitingly birds of prey. Buzzards, for example, are implicated in corvid control in some areas, particularly Ireland. Perhaps we have a magpie specialist in the Crail area. It would only take one dangerous buzzard to make all the magpies take great care and avoid showing themselves. In Europe it is the goshawks that keep the magpies in check and behaving themselves but I can only dream of a Crail goshawk.

A Crail magpie - not quite a rarity but not as common as elsewhere

A Crail magpie – not quite a rarity but not as common as elsewhere

Posted October 16, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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