May 28th   Leave a comment

There was a proper thunderstorm last night. Quite unusual for Crail. The evening heavy rain shower coupled with the last few days of south-easterly winds should have made for a good migrant fall this morning. I was at Kilminning by 6:30 and although there was plenty to see and hear – whitethroats, sedge warblers, blackcaps, willow warblers, chiff-chaffs – the only obvious new migrants were a spotted flycatcher (no. 129 for the Crail year list) and a whimbrel flying over. Spring migration may well be over for the year. I consoled myself with some close encounters with large mammals: a couple of quite tame roe deer at Kilminning, a chorus of singing grey seals on the rocks at Balcomie, and a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins at Fife Ness. The dolphins have been about all weekend; yesterday they were doing huge leaps completely out of the water making them very obvious.

Bottle-nose dolphins

Posted May 28, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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