September 15th   Leave a comment

This weekend has been a continuation of the theme of the last three weeks – steady westerly winds and little unusual migration – although with a bit of a gale on Saturday. At least the pink-footed geese have been coming in all weekend. Today there were flocks flying past Crail, but most far out to sea, battling against the wind as they flew past the May Island into the inner Forth. Some flocks came directly over Crail as it was getting dark, but high and it was only the distant honking that gave them away. It is a clear, moonlit night so I expect them to keep coming. The autumn is really here when the pink-feet arrive in big numbers. Another clear sign of autumn – the steady passage of meadow pipits flying from east to west along the coast over Crail – has been going on all week.

Pink-footed geese coming in off the sea (JA)

It was a little bit depressing at Kilminning on Saturday. The wind made birding difficult and I suspect there wasn’t anything there anyway: even the blackcaps have now moved on. I tried walking across a few stubble fields looking for Lapland buntings but the fields are still empty – only one or two yellowhammers and meadow pipits, and no skylarks as yet. The best bird was a female type marsh harrier quartering over the stubble at Blacklaws Farm, just north of Kilrenny this morning. 

Marsh harrier near Crail (JA)

Posted September 15, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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