July 21st   Leave a comment

A strong south-easterly today. Lots of gannets close past Fife Ness but surprisingly little else. A few manx shearwaters and the occasional small groups of sandwich terns. They are becoming more common as August approaches, adults followed by their shrill juveniles moving up the coast from their breeding sites like the Farne Islands to spend the next two months feeding their young along the east Neuk coast. On Balcomie beach about 35 turnstones had joined the dunlins and at least four knot; there was another knot feeding on the rocks at Roome Bay this afternoon. Knots are chunky waders with short legs and a relatively short bill for a wader, and the one in Roome Bay is easy to identify because it still mostly has its red summer plumage. There was also a good whimbrel passage today. I saw a flock of 5 cutting the corner at Fife Ness by flying over the golf course, more at Balcomie and I heard another calling as it passed high over the High Street this morning.

One of today’s knots

Posted July 21, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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