January 22nd   Leave a comment

I walked through the stubble fields behind the Balcomie Caravan Park and Pinkerton this lunchtime. The ground was saturated and the walking difficult. But skylarks and meadow pipits popped up in front of me regularly and in the corner of the field behind Saucehope a flock of 11 corn buntings and twice the number of yellowhammers. The latter expected, but the former still unusual. There may have been corn buntings there all this winter, but I am not used to them being winter Crail residents yet. That there are still stubble fields around is probably significant in this.

Roome Bay was very busy at high tide. Hundreds of gulls of four species feeding in the surf with goldeneyes, mallards and eiders. They were picking small things up from the surface of the sea as it churned and boiled: the huge piles of wrack on the beach must have been growing lots of seaweed fly maggots in the last two weeks and the high tides were now flushing them out.

A gathering of gulls picking up seaweed fly maggots washed out from the wrack deposits on the beach

A gathering of gulls picking up seaweed fly maggots washed out from the wrack deposits on the beach

Posted January 23, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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