May 21st   1 comment

There are three weeks left of the spring migration season, and so far it has been a very quiet one. Very good for wheatears and whimbrels, but no scarce migrants. The weather hasn’t been what is needed – far too pleasant without rain to top off the easterlies. Now we are set in for a westerly airflow for at least two weeks. It has only been me and John Anderson checking out Fife Ness, Balcomie, Kilminning and Denburn, so some things will have been missed, but ironically, I have probably spent more hours out checking for birds during lockdown than I would normally do. I have been going out every day because I have been working from home: 63 days and counting of checking Kilminning diligently. I had a secret hope of a red-backed shrike this morning. An overshoot on the southerly warm winds during the week in May when they are most likely. But it was all wishful thinking. My best bird this morning was a siskin. Fairly unusual at Kilminning outside of October, but not a bird to make spring headlines. I enjoyed it anyway. There is always a danger of forever chasing what isn’t here rather than appreciating what is.

Siskin at Kilminning today

Posted May 21, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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  1. Well said. I am really enjoying my black birds, Charlie and Maggie, who are loving their baths and the signing early morning and evening is delightful. Keep up the good reporting. Kind regards Alex

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