September 2nd   1 comment

After a week away there was no denying that autumn had slipped in. The swifts seem long gone, although I had a single migrant bird low over the heronry trees at Cambo this morning, feeding away from the wind. The warm spell of the last two months also seems to have gone and the wind is that bit keener. It’s still keenly from the west though so no sign of any significant migration of scarcer birds yet. But things are moving. Seawatching yesterday for an hour turned up a lot of sandwich terns passing west into the Forth – I counted over 200 in a steady stream; the day before it was a steady stream of common terns and the arctic terns seem to have moved on from the rocks at Balcomie. Other passage seabirds were less common: two red throated divers, two manx shearwaters and two bonxies passed in the hour. I did see my first two juvenile gannets of the year (everything in twos apparently), looking dark and ungainly compared to the adults they were following. Gannets will be fledging all month now, but these two are quite early.

A great skua (JA)

There were 18 northern wheatears – mostly juveniles – on the rocky shore along Balcomie golf course. This is a good number for any day around Crail. Balcomie Beach has tens of ringed plovers, dunlin and still good numbers of knot – about 25 yesterday at least. There were also three bar-tailed godwits. It is turning into a good year for them after their absence during the last two.

One of the signature birds of the autumn for Balcomie – a northern wheatear (JA)

Posted September 2, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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  1. I saw 5 swifts flying over Denburn field on 30th, I presumed on migration from further north.

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