April 18th   Leave a comment

The winds have been easterly for the last couple of days, although it is a swirling easterly from the high pressure, rather than a nice steady long-range easterly bringing birds to us from Europe. Still it is better than a south westerly because something could turn up and it also pushes the seabirds right into the shore as they pass Crail and Fife Ness. Without any rain I wasn’t expecting too much new this morning and it was still willow warblers, whimbrels and white wagtails. But the seabirds this weekend have been a consolation. Gannets just meters out from Fife Ness and lots of kittiwakes too. This evening everything was passing Crail close in: gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, razorbills, guillemots and my first puffins of the year. Puffins have been back on the May for three weeks now but they aren’t visible from Crail in any numbers until they start feeding chicks later in the summer.

Everyone’s favourite – a puffin (JA)

Posted April 18, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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