January 30th   Leave a comment

The gales continued throughout the day with snow showers overnight and this morning. It was raw. A walk out to Fife Ness seemed fine but to turn back home to Crail against the wind was another thing. Not a day for birding. I watched a common gull on the golf course at Balcomie feeding by tacking, a few steps sideways in one direction and then at 45 degrees to move against the wind. It gave up eventually and just let itself be blown backwards pecking halfheartedly at the turf.

The herons started nesting in earnest this week and have been bringing sticks to their nests along the main road at the entrance to Cambo. I suspect they will have to start all over again tomorrow when the wind dies: large tree limbs were coming down today never mind sticks.

Grey heron

Grey heron

Posted January 30, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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