April 27th   Leave a comment

It felt like a day full of potential. We are getting into the two to three week period where lots of migrants can turn up. The wind is back to an easterly and it even looked a bit like we might get a shower this afternoon. Only a couple of drops of rain materialised – we have had only 0.4 mm of rain this month. But every day now when I get to Balcomie and Kilminning, I am very hopeful: sooner or later I will get lucky. Today there were at least ten whimbrels along the shore, a female white wagtail, a few turnstones and redshank and a small flock of sanderling. The winter flock has been absent and these are the first I have seen for a week or so. There was a handsome male wheatear at Fife Ness, and a female on Balcomie Beach. The male probably a British bird and the female perhaps an Icelandic one, looking fairly large and robust. At Kilminning there were even more willow warblers with a couple of them with colder, grey green tones of northern European birds. Back in Crail, there were several blackcaps singing in Denburn and another in the garden behind the Co-op. But with just a little bit of rain…

Male northern wheatear at Fife Ness this afternoon

Posted April 27, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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