September 26th   Leave a comment

The large flock of golden plover is still around, shuttling between the rocks at Saucehope and the stubble and newly ploughed fields between Fife Ness and Crail. Any large, coherent flock of rapidly moving pale birds over Crail will be this flock. When they come in to land in a field they have a very characteristic way of all conspicuously gliding together in a lazy loop over where they want to land followed by a rapid bunching up with flickering wingbeats before another lazy loop. A bit like a pre-roosting starling flock, but with much larger and paler flock members. The moment they land in a field they disappear like magic, of course, because their speckled backs camouflage their pale undersides.

Our local golden plover flock

Our local golden plover flock

It’s been a quiet week with little moving in the way of migrants or on the sea. Even the May Island has gone quiet with just a single yellow-browed warbler this week. We missed the crucial winds two weeks ago and everything got blown past us straight up to Shetland where there are literally hundreds of yellow-browed warblers (more yellow-brows than trees!). We have the locals to cheer us up though: the bar-tailed godwits on Balcomie Beach and occasionally Roome Bay for example.

A lovely bar-tailed godwit at Balcomie to keep us all cheerful during the quiet spell

A lovely bar-tailed godwit at Balcomie to keep us all cheerful during the quiet spell

Posted September 26, 2015 by wildcrail in Sightings

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