January 21st   Leave a comment

I expect it was a sunny day inland, but here in Crail we had the haar. Light and charming, softening the sunlight in the morning and then heavy and grey and a bit more depressing in the afternoon. There was correspondingly no wind all day and any attempt to see anything (or for anything to be there in any case) at Fife Ness would have been a bit pointless. I took a walk inland, around Kilrenny Common instead. There was an incredible flock of 600 rooks and jackdaws in the fields behind the wood. Their wall of “caws” and “chacks” as they periodically took alarm made a perfect sound track to the haar, although a few magpies would have perhaps have given it a little bit more gothic value. We do still have a lot of crows about. The wood was busy too: chaffinches, blackbirds, tit flocks and goldfinch flocks. A single great-spotted woodpecker made no. 96 for the Crail year list.

Great-spotted woodpecker

Great-spotted woodpecker

Posted January 21, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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