August 7th   Leave a comment

An unexpected gale today. Very strong winds from the south-west – quite the wrong direction although it was a warm wind as a consequence. There has been a complete change over at Balcomie Beach. A few dunlins still, but all adults today with good amounts of summer plumage instead of the juveniles of Friday. No sign of the stint and only a couple of sanderlings. The main feature was a group of sandwich terns roosting on the sand. A mixture of black speckled juveniles and adults fast losing their summer caps. It was hard to see what was passing at sea in the strong wind and the sand blasting on the beach. The gannets and fulmars were really flying by with one or two late puffins far out.

An adult dunlin still in summer plumage on Balcomie Beach

An adult dunlin still in summer plumage on Balcomie Beach

Posted August 7, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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