April 1st   Leave a comment

A new month. Once you reach April it is undeniably spring. There have been more chiffchaffs in today and yesterday, and lesser black-backed gulls are back in the centre of Crail. Lesser black-backed gulls winter in North Africa or southern Spain. They represent about 5-10% of roof nesting gulls, and globally important numbers now breed in British towns and cities. They might not be as iconic as puffins, but they are one of the seabird species that Britain has an international obligation to look after with one third of the European population breeding here (and the great majority are in Europe). Other migrants will undoubtedly appear this week – some sand martins and wheatears have been reported in the last few days, and John had a wheatear at Fife Ness this afternoon. The first swallow should be here by the end of the week.

A Crail lesser black-backed gull back (probably from Morocco) for another breeding season with us

Posted April 1, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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