June 13th   2 comments

I came home from work late tonight after a talk to the Kilmany Women’s Rural Institute group about birds and the sense of place they give you – my usual theme about the world coming to visit us in Crail through the different birds that turn up here. And was greeted by a marsh harrier as I turned the final corner and headed into Crail. A male in the gloaming, with a fat crop, quartering slowly over the fields and passing right overhead as I pulled over to the side of the road to watch. I didn’t have my binoculars but it didn’t matter. The world coming again right to me: a very late or a very early migrant or a wanderer from the birds that breed on Tayside. Number 131 for the year list and a good one to get. Only my 3rd or 4th in the 13 years I have been here.

Male marsh harrier - no. 131 for the Crail year list this evening

Male marsh harrier – no. 131 for the Crail year list this evening

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Posted June 13, 2016 by aboutcrail in Sightings

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  1. I think I have just seen a Red Kite on the road ( St Andrews to Anstruther road ) just past the left hand turning to secret bunker. Would this be possible ?

    • Very possible. There is a red kite in Fife a few times a year now and the sightings get closer to Crail each year. Great sighting. I am very jealous. The area up by the secret bunker would be a very good breeding area for them by the way.

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