September 23rd   Leave a comment

One of the redshank on Balcomie Beach at the moment

The westerly storms have cleared out most of the summer migrants from around Crail. It wasn’t until I got to Kilminning, after Wormiston, Balcomie and the patch at Fife Ness, that I found a couple of willow warblers and a few swallows and a house martin flycatching in the sheltered, sunny corner that had the spotted flycatcher last week. The wheatears and whitethroats have gone, and most of our swallows. From now on any further summer migrants will only appear if we get favourable easterly or south-easterly winds, although we should have a trickle of Scottish swallows passing for the next month regardless of the winds. In contrast, Balcomie Beach was quite busy, with good numbers of dunlin, ringed plovers and redshanks – here now for the winter – and there were still lots of pink-footed geese going over heading south. A flock of four Canada geese also flew over the beach to remind me that they were the commonest goose in the area until the end of last week: they will be outnumbered again as the barnacle geese arrive as well, in the next week or two.

Posted September 23, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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