January 5th   Leave a comment

A really beautiful day. Clear with no wind, temperature about freezing all day and wonderful light from the low sun. I did a circuit from Crail to Kingsbarns along the old railway line, back along Kingsbarns Beach, through Cambo and then via Wormiston back to Crail. I didn’t see a lot out of the ordinary but it didn’t matter at all. There was a flock of fieldfares around the railway bridge at the Logan’s Farm, several flocks of tree sparrows, and probably more than 6 buzzards on the route in total. The rooks at Cambo and Wormiston were making a lot of noise around the rookeries reminding me that the year has turned and some birds like rooks and grey herons will be thinking of starting nest building in 6 weeks or so. Yesterday I was at Tentsmuir again and the crossbills were singing – they will have already started breeding – a spectacularly early species because it feeds on pine cones that are ripening just now.

Rook - they are very noisy around the rookeries of Wormiston and Cambo just now as a prelude to early breeding

Rook – they are very noisy around the rookeries of Wormiston and Cambo just now as a prelude to early breeding

Posted January 5, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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