May 9th   Leave a comment

Despite easterly winds blowing from central Europe for the last couple of days and then heavy rain overnight on Tuesday and all day on Wednesday there was nothing at all new in this morning. Kilminning had common whitethroats and blackcaps singing but they are the summer resident birds; there was a willow warbler nest building, picking up dried grass stems from the ground. Balcomie Beach still has a couple of white wagtails, some whimbrels and turnstones and a single northern wheatear. This evening, after it warmed up a bit during the day, there was a swift at least. My first for Crail for the year. Last year the first was on the 5th of May but most didn’t arrive until the 8th. So this year is not much later. I expect the rest will be in tomorrow and they will be screaming down the High Street again in a couple of days.

Two of the summer plumage turnstones at Balcomie (JA)

Posted May 9, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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