January 28th   Leave a comment

Male stonechat

Another mild day and everything thinks it is spring. There were great tits, blue tits, robins, song thrushes and blackbirds singing at Cambo this morning and the rookery was raucous with birds sprucing up nests and getting ready to breed in just a few weeks time. It was dead calm at sea with the mist making everything look huge: all the red-throated divers looked like great northerns. There were quite a few red-breasted mergansers and a couple of long-tailed ducks from Kingsbarns Beach as usual. A pair of stonechats were at the Cambo end of the beach feeding on the strandline at high tide: the beach stonechats will have weathered the recent cold much better than the birds inland. The male was well on the way to having its breeding completely black hood and bright orange breast.

Posted January 28, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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