April 7th   Leave a comment

The Fife Ness black redstart now in its second week

The male black redstart is still in residence. It was in exactly the same place as on Easter Monday but a little bit more conspicuous today as it was flycatching. With the rain tonight it is unlikely to leave, so tomorrow is likely a good day to try and see it. I sat on the coastal path just north of the lighthouse and had good views of it on the grassy rocks thirty meters away. I also had my first sandwich tern of the year passing Fife Ness. It was with a steady passage of auks and red-throated divers and one common scoter, which have been surprisingly scarce past Crail this winter. There were no other summer migrants that I found today: the promise of last weekend has stalled a bit with the continuing cold weather.

The corn buntings are singing in earnest now and it looks like it might be another great year. This morning there were 4 birds singing in or around the field between Balcomie Caravan Park and the airfield north of the road. Last year there were 2 -3. But it’s early days. We will start recording them properly in May when the territories are firmly established.

Sandwich tern

Posted April 7, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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