August 10th   Leave a comment

Sea watching is a hit or miss business. I sat at Fife Ness for an hour this afternoon, half looking at the wader roost and half looking out to sea. In the hour there were barely any kittiwakes and no terns at all when there were hundreds yesterday. Two great skuas passed going north far out but no shearwaters apart from the occasional fulmar. The wader roost was also as uneventful: the usual redshanks, oystercatchers and curlew with a handful of dunlin and turnstones. Balcomie Beach is in its summer holiday busy period with people on the beach most of the time so its attraction for waders is less and so also the high tide roost.

Listen out for the soft “hoo-weet” call of willow warblers. They are in every garden in Crail just now as the young of the year start to drift south. If you see them they are tiny, very active and quite yellowish among the leaves of small trees and bushes.

A young willow warbler

Posted August 10, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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