January 28th   Leave a comment

The rainy day today reminded me perversely how little rain we have had this winter. No more than 25mm in any month and a couple with much less. This month is heading for 20mm, with half of this falling today. This is the dry East Neuk, business as usual, after a run of quite wet winters. Still it was fairly miserable today, although lacking the cold easterlies of the last two days. I sat at Fife Ness for an hour this afternoon in a gap in the showers hoping for something new blown in by these winds. Just the usual with several red-throated divers and some passing long-tailed ducks to add a little extra interest. It was high tide and the waders were roosting on the remaining rocks, but getting displaced now and then closer to the shore as the rough sea from yesterday made their usual places too wet for comfort. Even the purple sandpipers who thrive at the surf edge amongst the splashes headed for higher ground. I spotted a juvenile female sparrowhawk flying in on an attack run towards the roost: I saw it well before the waders, which none the less were all up in the air and safe 20 meters ahead of it. The sparrowhawk just kept powering low over the rocks and around the coast – there were plenty of other smaller groups of waders and rock pipits between Fife Ness and Balcomie and I suspect it will have got lucky.

A purple sandpiper at Fife Ness getting out of the way of a wave

A purple sandpiper at Fife Ness getting out of the way of a wave

Posted January 28, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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