October 21st   Leave a comment

There were fewer birds around this morning. Many must have left yesterday or overnight. Relatively speaking there was a lot to see this morning – redwings and blackbirds everywhere and a flock of 20 brambling at Balcomie – but not compared to yesterday. I found a chiff-chaff at Balcomie and another in the Patch with a blackcap. The only summer migrants for the whole week: I failed to see a ring ouzel seen at the Patch today but ring ouzels are like that. You usually see them flying away rather than being able to go to a place where they are staying. The highlight at Fife Ness was a kestrel hunting along the upper shore. Hovering into the wind so it faced straight out to sea, sliding up and down in the same place as if on a wire. The wind was strong enough that it just hung like a kite without moving its wings, until dropping as if the wire had been cut to catch a hapless shrew in the grass below.

Kestrel

Posted October 21, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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