November 26th   Leave a comment

A clear, cold and bright morning. Balcomie Beach and adjacent rocky shores have their winter bird communities now. Hundreds of herring gulls loafing on the rocks; mallards, wigeons and eiders with the occasional red-breasted merganser in the water between; redshanks, oystercatchers, sanderling, ringed plover and turnstones on the mud patches with an occasional grey plover or curlew. The cold weather has meant that a few of the redshanks have been taking risks and have tried their luck feeding on the top of the beach or on the golf course behind: not much luck though – I found two fresh redshank kills, probably by sparrowhawks.

One of the 2-3 grey plovers at Balcomie now

 

Posted November 26, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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