January 6th   Leave a comment

A freshly dead little auk in Cellardyke this morning

A freshly dead little auk in Cellardyke this morning

This morning I watched the sea at Cellardyke beating ferociously into the harbour. The herring gulls were sheltering behind the walls along with an unseasonal lesser black-backed gull. I suspect it might be regretting its decision not to winter in Morocco: I usually expect to see this summer migrant in March not January, but its a welcome early addition to my year list, now up to 85. Kittiwakes were also escaping from the storm, they were all along the shore feeding in the surf instead of far out to sea. Little auks were also still close inshore with small groups flying along the beach heading east. At one point I could see a dense flock of three hundred or so tiny birds much further out to sea looking like starlings heading to roost. More little auks I should think but hard to say for sure in the gale and the rain. As I headed back to Crail I saw a great-black-backed gull worrying at something. Another little auk, but freshly dead. There will be lots more over the next few days as the storm continues.

Little auks and large waves

Little auks and large waves

Posted January 6, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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