October 29th   Leave a comment

There are robins everywhere. Including the beach at Roome Bay and all along the rocky shore to Fife Ness. Any small bird on the shore around Crail is usually a rock pipit – dull and camouflaged, perfectly blending in with the rocks. Not so just now with the robins standing out in their bright red autumn plumage, and making it worse by constantly chasing each other as they try to sort out territories with newcomers apparently still arriving every day. There is good feeding on the shore: it never freezes and the drifts of seaweed provide plenty of maggots and flies for a fossicking robin. Any bit of beach could accommodate tens of robins but they still try to maintain a territory. The rock pipits occasionally get chased away too which seems to be a bit of a liberty considering that they use the same bit of shore all year and not just for a few winter months.

Rock pipit - they are having to put up with  the neighbours from hell at the moment as the migrant robins try to take over their patches

Rock pipit – they are having to put up with the neighbours from hell at the moment as the migrant robins try to take over their patches

Posted October 30, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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