September 28th   Leave a comment

It was a reprise of summer with a lovely warm day and only very light westerly winds. At Kingsbarn’s beach this morning there was a wheatear and three black-tailed godwits as passing fare. The latter are really handsome waders, black and white in flight like oystercatchers but with such long legs that they look like they have tail extensions. There are lots on the Eden estuary by St Andrews every winter but few make it down to our beaches. There were a few sandwich terns fishing in the surf; one being chased for minutes by a succession of gulls after it caught only a modest sandeel.

Black-tailed godwit

Black-tailed godwit

This evening there were house martins enjoying the fine weather over Crail. They are still with us and have the skies to themselves for a brief period before they too depart. The swallows are now few and far between. I saw five or six today and all looked like they were in a hurry south.

Posted September 28, 2014 by wildcrail in Sightings

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