September 19th   Leave a comment

This evening was a perfect autumn evening, with weak sunlight lingering late and swallows still over the stubble fields. I came back to Crail via Anstruther enjoying the underlit buzzards glowing in the low light, and one flashing red and white as it banked making me think briefly and excitedly of a red kite. Still to turn up on my Crail list. As I thought about this I saw another distant raptor with slim wings being mobbed by a couple of crows. I pulled over, grabbed my binoculars and resolved a marsh harrier, now flying over the fields by the secret bunker. Always a good Crail bird, but the second this year after another migrant over Wormiston in May. That one heading north to breed and this one heading south, possibly as far as Senegal or Liberia to spend the winter.

Marsh harrier

Posted September 19, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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