July 30th   Leave a comment

I have just returned from a week on the west coast, in Wester Ross, enjoying the things that are common there, but I doubt will ever make it to Crail, such as golden eagles, and things that occasionally do, like black-throated divers. It was particularly nice to see spotted flycatchers everywhere in the damp woodlands, field edges and gardens. They used to be common on the east coast and I miss them.

Balcomie Beach has lost its stinking mat of rotting seaweed during my time away and so most of its waders. Only about 25 dunlin and 30 sanderling were there today. The numbers of turnstone was up though with over 40 in one flock and there were 5 knot in the high tide roost at Fife Ness. A flock of 8 whimbrel flew in from the sea, whistling as they came in, and recruited 3 whimbrel in the roost to join them as they continued along the coast past Crail.

Turnstone

Posted July 30, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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