August 1st   Leave a comment

August showers bring down sandpipers. Or they would if we had any pools or ponds by Crail. I did my best today, dodging the heavy showers to visit the tiny pools at Troustie, Lochton, Ribbonfield and Ragfield. The snipe already in residence at Lochton was the only shorebird I found, flushing from under my feet. I was distracted by three whinchat in the rape around the pool. It’s been a good late summer for Crail whinchat, making 5 with these birds. Whinchat often group together at passage sites. How they do this I don’t know because they must migrate alone at night like other chats. Perhaps they have a particular favoured habitat on passage and so all end up together because they select the same sites. Certainly you are more likely to find a whinchat or two around the damper field edges, like at Troustie than anywhere else around Crail.

Common snipe

Posted August 1, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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