April 20th   Leave a comment

The easterly winds will be with us until the end of the week, and this next week is usually a good one for early migrants. Still no rain forecast though which is the essential magic ingredient for something unusual. This morning there were seven whimbrels along the shore from Balcomie to Fife Ness, more willow warblers at Kilminning and then another migrant “w” – my first common whitethroat of the year in the “Pinkerton triangle”. This bit of neglected brambles and grass – that hopefully will pass back into Crail community ownership at the end of the current asset transfer application – is at the top of the cliffs at the east end of Roome Bay, along the footpath to Sauchope. Every year it has breeding common whitethroat, stonechat and reed buntings of note, and it is a popular hangout for tree sparrows. But with a bit of work and a few more low, bird friendly shrubs we should be able to add a few more breeding birds. As I had just cycled through Sauchope caravan park I was struck by the contrast “nature not neatness” – next time you are walking through there, see what I mean. We need less amenity grassland that wastes energy, money, time and fossil fuels, and more natural spaces. For whitethroats.

Common whitethroat – there was one back from Africa this morning to spend the summer in one of the remaining wild cracks between the neatness of Crail (JA)

Posted April 20, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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