April 13th   Leave a comment

I changed my route this morning to take in the farms to the west of Crail in the hope of finding a yellow wagtail back. None yet, although there were plenty of pied wagtails and a few corn buntings around Barnsmuir. The sea at West Braes was much more interesting. There was a steady passage of sandwich terns going east, with some stopping to fish in the bay of the harbour. And a few red-throated divers, looking uncharacteristically dark and patchy as they were coming into their summer plumage. At one point there was a commotion with redshanks and purple sandpipers flying off along the shore as first a male sparrowhawk dashed along the coastal path, and then a female sparrowhawk along the shore. Both as if synchronised, and with a plan to drive birds in front of the other. A coincidence I am sure but if birds of prey every really could cooperate when hunting, well, they would be as successful as humans.

Red-throated diver coming into summer plumage (JA)

Posted April 13, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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