September 10th   Leave a comment

It felt like today should have been a bit busier than it was: there were quite strong winds after some light easterlies yesterday and rain showers all day. But the sea remains the quietest I have seen at this time of year since I moved to Crail 14 years ago. I haven’t seen a sooty shearwater this year, manx shearwaters have been rare since the beginning of August and there are barely any great and arctic skuas passing. And today watching the arctic terns far out from Fife Ness I was reminded that little gulls are also rare this year. There are good and bad years for little gulls, and as I watched a single first winter little gull amongst the terns, it occurred to me that we are heading for a bad year for little gulls too. The stronger wind did bring more newly fledged juvenile gannets. I think they are so heavy when they fledge, they need a good strong wind to get themselves airborne and to carry them out of the Forth.

First winter little gull

Posted September 10, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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