December 24th   Leave a comment

I still recommend a walk north out of Kingsbarns for a couple of kilometres through the stubble fields and then back along the shore. Today the light was perfect on the way out – low sun and crystal clear, with the distant highlands glowing white. And it is still full of birds. At the risk of writing a shopping list: in 6 fields I had 200 skylarks, 150 yellowhammers, 40 corn buntings, 50 reed buntings, 100 linnets with a few twite in with them and 30 tree sparrows. And hundreds of woodpigeons, feral pigeons, jackdaws, rooks and herring gulls. I saw a sparrowhawk attacking the linnet flock and a female peregrine after the woodpigeons. But still no luck with the short-eared owl that continues its residence around the golf course.

Some of the many yellowhammers at Kingsbarns today – there is a tree sparrow in the middle of the flock as well

Posted December 24, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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