April 26th   Leave a comment

I only had time this morning for an hour in Denburn before heading to work. It was a good choice – I have been neglecting Denburn in favour of Kilminning. Denburn seemed to be full of warblers – willow warblers, chiff-chaffs, blackcaps and probably also a garden warbler but I couldn’t track down the singer to be sure (they have very similar song to blackcaps) – and there was a wood warbler there today. I haven’t seen a wood warbler in Crail since 2015 when one turned up in Kilminning in autumn and one in the Patch at Fife Ness in the spring. Before that it was 2008 and then 2004. So that’s a total of 5 in 16 years, plus maybe a couple I have missed. Not very many for a species that breeds on the west coast of Scotland and in the Highlands. They are usually fairly inconspicuous keeping to the tops of the trees, but the one this morning was singing its shivery little song constantly. I picked it up the moment I got to Denburn although then took a few minutes to find it high up in the canopy. Wood warblers are much cleaner and brighter looking than willow warblers: brighter green and yellow and white, rather than subdued olive and dirtier white. Even though they are more colourful, they are the tones of a sunlit canopy in spring so they disappear amongst the leaves.

The wood warbler in Denburn this morning (JA)

Posted April 26, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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