March 10th   Leave a comment

A walk from Cellardyke back to Crail along the coastal path this morning was a mistake. The wind was back to south-easterly after a couple of days back to the prevailing south-westerly. And so it was raining horizontally into my face as I walked along. There were a couple of kestrels along the route and a buzzard, and a pair of shelduck at Caiple. There may have been some more birds about but they really did need to be as big and as bright as a shelduck to be noticed this morning. We have 2-3 pairs of shelduck breeding along the coast between Anstruther and Kingsbarns every summer. They breed down rabbit holes and defend their nests and young vigorously, but still have a terrible time with foxes and disturbance. We get maybe one brood making it to fledging every other year.

Pair of shelduck that bred at Balcomie a couple of years ago – males are larger and have a knob on their bill like mute swans

Posted March 10, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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