May 5th   Leave a comment

The brakes have finally come off spring migration. Today’s maximum temperature was 18 degrees – up ten from this time last week with the wind back to the usual south-west. There are twice as many swallows and common whitethroats around today than two days ago; house martins are back, and sedge warblers are now back singing from the brambles along the coastal path. I even saw my first Crail area common swift of the year over Pittenweem this morning. Between Balcomie and Fife Ness I counted at least 28 northern wheatears – probably my record for any one day around Crail. I am sure I missed more than I saw. I was putting up groups of 2-3 all along the rocky shore and the moment they landed they became almost impossible to see. There were a couple of whimbrel on the beach just north of Balcomie and three white wagtail still (or new ones in – a males and two females). Willow warblers have also been passing through Crail for last couple of days and as I write I can one singing from my back garden.

Wheatears all along the shore around Crail today – I counted 28

Posted May 5, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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