January 1st 2017   Leave a comment

And another year begins. I was up and out at Boarhills for 7:45, just as it was getting light, counting my blessings that Jan 1st is mid-winter and an early birding start is, well, not really early. A year start in June would be a painful 2:30 … Nothing beats being out as the sun rises on New Year’s Day – and a clean, optimistic slate with every bird species counting again, even the very common every day ones, from herring gulls (first bird today calling as I left my house in darkness) to house sparrows (bird number 54 just before 10:00 as I passed a packed bird feeder in Boarhills, along with tree sparrows as number 53 – always nice to get the set together). And then there are the more unexpected, lucky finds, a glaucous gull flying along the coast (bird number 21 but only my 3rd in Crail in 15 years), and the full set of snipe – woodcock, common snipe and jack snipe, numbers 75, 76 & 77. It was a fun day. 54 species in the first two hours, 77 before 12:00 and a final total of 84, beating last year’s total by 5. I missed a few – lapwing, golden plover, mistle thrush, for example, but there is the rest of the year to look forward to.

A dipper - bird number 46 on the Kenly Burn at about 9:30 this morning

A dipper – bird number 46 on the Kenly Burn at about 9:30 this morning

Posted January 1, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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