April 6th   Leave a comment

I was scanning the sea from my house this evening when I spotted a very dark bird swimming on the water just out from the Brandyburn. I zoomed in and saw it had a white wing patch – a summer plumage black guillemot. Common around the west coast but very rare in the Firth of Forth and even more so during the spring or summer. I am lucky to see a black guillemot around Crail in a year and this is my second. I have been wondering whether they might be getting more common – the May Island would certainly suit them for breeding. They rival puffins in auky handsomeness – although this one was a bit far away to appreciate its gorgeous bright red tongue and legs.

Black guillemot

Black guillemot

Posted April 6, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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