August 12th   1 comment

There is a slight easterly today and so conditions at Fife Ness were good for a sea watch, despite the poor visibility caused by the drizzle. Hundreds of gannets and quite a few fulmars were passing out of the Forth, and the more unusual seabirds were all passing south. In an hour this morning there were about 100 manx shearwaters, a great and arctic skua, lots of common, arctic and sandwich terns, (with only a handful of the arctic and common terns being juveniles), lots of kittiwakes, a couple of puffins, a few razorbills and a juvenile (going into first winter plumage) Mediterranean gull. August is turning into the time for Med gulls around Crail. This year they are particularly numerous in the inner Forth, with a count of 30 at East Wemyss. I wonder if Mediterranean gulls come over to the Forth from the Continent after breeding to hang about for a month or two like the sandwich terns.

Mediterranean Gull

On Balcomie Beach there was a flock of 35 dunlin – mostly juveniles when they have been mostly adults up until now. There was also 10 sanderling, a couple of turnstones and a common sandpiper dashing between sandy pools on the lower rocky shore. That, the dreich weather and a juvenile northern wheatear, also on the rocky shore, made it feel just a little bit like autumn passage is on the way.

Juvenile dunlin on Balcomie Beach

Posted August 12, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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  1. Hi Will,
    Ring sightings of juvenile Med gulls here at the Wemyss have shown juveniles(two) rung at Leipzig in June turned up at Newbiggin, Northumberland before venturing to Fife, one of which turned up back at Newbiggin three days after the last sighting here. Like your redshanks we have returning adults, five so far.
    Harry Bell.

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