April 6th   Leave a comment

I think we have grey wagtails breeding again on the Brandyburn in Crail. They have been regularly flying past my house, following the course of the burn as it flows underground from the bus stop by the school to where it re-emerges by the old cinema on Nethergate. Birds frequently have to commute between the best areas of their territories, so I don’t suppose it phases them much that their burn exists in two separated sections. It probably bothers me more that the Brandyburn is buried: streams tumbling through seaside towns add such a lot of character and many a Cornish or Devon village is made by them. There a couple of other hidden burns through Crail and many more in the surrounding farmland; channelled into pipes and covered over when a wild landscape was just something to be sorted out, rather than valued. Still, you can see the grey wagtails in Victoria Park, in Denburn Wood and perhaps easiest of all down at the mouth of the Brandyburn. Hugely long tails and more yellow than grey, picking flies from the wet rocks. When disturbed they leave with a lovely bounding flight and a clear “tchick-tchick” call.

Grey Wagtail

Posted April 6, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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