May 7th   Leave a comment

It has been a great spring for whimbrels. There have been up to seven down at Balcomie beach and individuals regular on the shore at Crail, especially Saucehope. They are very obvious this year because almost all the other shorebirds have left, apart from the oystercatchers. The summer shore is always much quieter without the waders but not usually this soon. At least the whimbrels are making up for it. If you spot a curlew rooting around on the rocky shore tomorrow double check whether it has a shortish looking bill and a stripey looking head – it will be a whimbrel.

One of the whimbrels on Balcomie Beach

One of the whimbrels on Balcomie Beach

Posted May 7, 2015 by wildcrail in Sightings

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