July 29th   Leave a comment

It was eerily calm this evening. At Balcomie there was no breeze at all and the haar seemed to be flattening the sea. A single whimbrel calling and the occasional passing party of raucous sandwich terns were the only loud sounds. The beach is still boom and bust. Tonight bust with only three ringed plover and a couple of redshank and curlew. But lots of common scoter passing. Any line of all black duck like birds passing Crail at the moment will be common scoters. On a close view or through a telescope you can see that many have paler brown wings. This is only really noticeable at this time of year so must be something to do with them moulting, or one year old males having got their black body feathers but not their new dark flight feathers yet.

Common scoter flock passing Fife Ness a couple of days ago – far to dark and misty today for decent photos (JA)

Posted July 29, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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