April 12th   Leave a comment

We have had easterlies for the last two days hence the grey and fairly miserable weather. The temperature has been exactly the same as over the weekend but then it was still and sunny, rather than windy and dull: the difference between feeling like spring and winter. Easterlies are good of course for rare birds but we also need rain showers to bring them down – they are forecast for tomorrow. Thursday might be good.

The pace of migration has slowed a bit. Another swallow at Kilrenny this evening, feeding in the lee of the woodland, and chiff-chaffs pretty much everywhere. The most obvious bit of migration has been from the lesser black-backed gulls that seem to be in every field since Monday. There are quite a few hanging around at the mouth of the Brandyburn and one or two on the rooftops of Crail – they are a species of conservation concern so when you are cursing the gulls on your roof, instead feel privileged that you are helping one of the relatively few species that the UK is important for.

The birding highlight for me today was a fulmar powering up and down Marketgate as if it was scoping the houses for a nesting site. If fulmars do make the leap from clifftop to rooftop as the herring gulls have done then they might become even more successful. Then of course fulmars might join the list of not wanted. Fulmars are more usually at home out over the wild sea than cruising down the High Street: there were plenty out there today as well, adding the perfect poised counterpart to the chaos below.

I am very lucky to be able to illustrate this blog with John Anderson's photos - this is one of his best, composition, drama and the feeling of what it was like to be there today

I am very lucky to be able to illustrate this blog with John Anderson’s photos – this is one of his best, composition, drama and the feeling of what it was like to be here today. It’s a fulmar, but you knew that.

Posted April 12, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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