April 7th   Leave a comment

More migrants today. The black redstart was still at Fife Ness. I saw the female again at lunchtime, feeding amongst the rocks right on the Ness. It was surprisingly inconspicuous, hopping underneath the jumbled boulders like a robin and only occasionally popping up on top, shivering its tail, drawing attention. It was feeding very actively as if it really wanted to get on with its journey but the wind is now from the north. There were some migrant chiff-chaffs about too at Fife Ness Muir and Kilminning along with a small flock of redwings. And as I came back into Crail I saw my first swallow of the year. No. 111 for the year list and a fairly early bird. Previous year’s first swallows have been the 16th, 13th & 16th April, 29th March, 12th, 21st, 11th, 16th, 15th & 14th April, from 2015 to 2006 respectively: so the second earliest ever and over a week earlier than average.

A newly arrived barn swallow in Crail (from a previous year) - today's flew over Crail and kept going north. No. 111 for the year list.

A newly arrived barn swallow in Crail (from a previous year) – today’s flew over Crail and kept going north. No. 111 for the year list.

Posted April 7, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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