October 29th   Leave a comment

The wind was mostly northerly today, strong in the morning and there were many more gannets passing Fife Ness. I watched them and thought that I really have no idea about migration. Most were flying high in skeins like geese except with long periods of gliding, and most were heading due north into the wind. First, why go north at all and second why fly high where the wind will be even stronger? The gannets really looked like they were going somewhere and hundreds were passing in the hour I watched, but where and why I have no idea. A great northern diver came past, also high but flying south – now that made sense – an Arctic bird heading down to winter in the southern North Sea.



Posted October 29, 2017 by aboutcrail in Sightings

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