October 17th   Leave a comment

As the warm weather and storms continue this week you can’t help but think about climate change. This week is of course only weather – it takes a few years’ of storms and warm weather to become climate – but we have had quite a few years of this now. Snow and frost was never common in Crail, but it is becoming a rarity. I thought more about this as I saw a stonechat perched on a cabbage, right in the middle of the field up at Wormiston. Not perfect stonechat habitat but probably good enough if populations are on the up and conditions are good. Stonechats have been recovering from the last cold(ish) winter we had about 7 years ago now: they are very susceptible to cold weather and this limits their population in the UK. They disappeared from around Crail and I used to struggle to get them on my year list. Now I see 2 or 3 birds every time I go out.

Stonechat

Posted October 17, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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