May 1st   Leave a comment

A holiday in May with easterly winds – the perfect time to be living in Crail. More migrants came in last night – you could hear chiff-chaffs singing all over Crail this morning. I found a garden warbler, a lesser whitethroat and several common whitethroats all new in at Kilminning in the morning (more chiff-chaffs too). Along the shore at Balcomie in the afternoon, 8 northern wheatears, a white wagtail, two whimbrels, probably the same common sandpiper as yesterday, a flock of 18 sanderling now, more dunlins and turnstones and a nearly full summer plumage bar-tailed godwit, handsome in its brick red breeding plumage. Another extreme northern breeder, with the closest place being northern Norway, 2,000 kilometers away. A less than two day flight and barely a jaunt for a species that has been recorded carrying out a 10,000 km non-stop flight from Alaska to New Zealand. I watched it feeding hard and wondered which beach it had fed on last – feasibly one somewhere like Mauritania or even as far away as Namibia.

The bar-tailed godwit at Balcomie today

Posted May 1, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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