September 25th   Leave a comment

The theme of wildlife beginning at home continued today. My best birds were from a sea watch from my teenage son’s room (where I am a barely tolerated tenant) which overlooks the Forth. An adult little gull heading into the Forth and then ten minutes later an adult Mediterranean gull passing the other way. After a lull of several years, three Crail Mediterranean gulls in as many weeks. This one was gloriously glowing almost pure white in the morning sunshine, apart from the diagnostic dark smudge behind the eye. Best of all – a new species for my garden list – number 129. It was much less interesting at Fife Ness later although I could see the flocks of kittiwakes on the horizon today and occasionally them bunching up like a cloud of flies in the extreme distance, presumably as they were targeted by skuas. I also saw a wheatear at Saucehope on the way home.

Adult mediterranean gull - glowing white

Adult mediterranean gull – glowing white

There was a family of swallows in my garden this afternoon: two parents and three juveniles, still being fed occasionally. A late brood but probably OK if the weather holds. Many of the other swallows left this week, I think, although it always hard to say because we have passage birds replacing the local birds right through October.

Young swallows

Young swallows

Posted September 25, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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