July 12th   Leave a comment

What makes a good day out in July around Crail? Any route that takes in Balcomie Beach, Fife Ness and Kilminning. July is wader month and you never know what you might find along the shore. You probably won’t but you can travel hopefully. Today was flat calm as well so if there had been a minke whale out there – and August (we are getting there) is the best time to see one passing Crail. This morning I had four or five whimbrels – they are coming back now. I had my first of the “autumn” last night in Roome Bay but there were plenty more today. Still singles and looking for company. They were either following curlews or responding hopefully to my whistles. There was a single bar-tailed godwit roosting with a couple of curlew at Fife Ness. A single ringed plover on Balcomie Beach and three common sandpipers between Fife Ness and Kilminning. The arctic terns and late puffins were carrying fish past Fife Ness to the May Island but the number of auks passing is much reduced from a couple of weeks ago as they have been fledging. As I came back into Crail there were more returning waders: a flock of eight golden plover back on their high tide roost rocks at Saucehope. The final highlight of a top July morning was a V of 12 goosander heading over Roome Bay towards Fife Ness.

Two of the common sandpipers, at Kilminning today (WC)

Posted July 12, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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