August 27th   Leave a comment

The dead red squirrel near Boarhills this morning. Such a shame but at least there are some about.

The dead red squirrel near Boarhills this morning. Such a shame but at least there are some about.

Some good news and some bad news…The good news first. There are still some red squirrels in the area. There was one up by the main road bridge over the Kenly Burn at Boarhills. The bad news is that it was dead on the road – killed yesterday by a car. I recognised its poor squashed shape – with bright red fur and bushy tail as I drove to work this morning. I stopped and picked it off the road to double check. It’s always such a shame when a mammal gets hit by a car and even more so when it’s something rare like a squirrel or the otter of last year. The only consolation is that there was at least one to be hit. I haven’t seen a red squirrel in the Crail area for maybe ten years, the last one I saw was on the edge of the Cambo Estate. I have only seen grey squirrels since, although they are not particularly common either.

There have been easterly winds for the last three days. And rain showers forecast for tomorrow. The recipe for some early autumn migrants I hope. The seabirds have been good already, pushed in close to Crail by the wind. On Monday I had a red-necked grebe past and today a couple of black-throated divers; skuas and manx shearwaters too. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

A more cheerful red squirrel

A more cheerful red squirrel

Posted August 27, 2014 by wildcrail in Sightings

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