June 3rd   Leave a comment

The was a lesser whitethroat singing at Barnsmuir this afternoon. This is a fairly scarce migrant around Crail and I am lucky to find one or two every spring and autumn. They do breed in the East Neuk – one of the few places in Scotland where it happens regularly. The last possible breeder I had was a few years ago in the dense garden between the shore boating pond and the doocote in Roome Bay. You hardly ever see them but their song is a very distinctive rattle. The bird today was in a dense, high hedgerow with mature trees all along it – very suitable for breeding. It will be worth checking out in a couple of weeks to see if it is still singing. But this bird may just as likely be a migrant. We are at the end of the migrant season although lesser whitethroats are late arrivers to Europe, migrating around the eastern side of the Mediterranean and then across Europe to get to us, rather than taking a more direct south – north route as with the common whitethroat. On the way home to Crail I passed one of the yellow wagtails diligently bringing food to the nest, and seemed to be putting up meadow pipits from their nests in the grass alongside the dirt track besides the Anstruther road all the way back to Crail.

There are meadow pipits everywhere – they are not scarce breeders like yellow wagtails or lesser whitethroats

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Posted June 3, 2018 by aboutcrail in Sightings

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