June 24th   Leave a comment

The eider chicks don’t seem to be doing too well this year. There are a few groups of quite large chicks but fewer than most years. The age range seems also to be greater than usual. There were some chicks new in from the May Island at Balcomie this morning that must just be in their first week. Synchronised hatching is a good thing – it swamps the predators – so perhaps one is a consequence of the other.

The young eider chicks at Balcomie this morning…

There are more goosanders to be seen now – the flock at Balcomie was up to 17 today. They congregate on the beach at high tide and it is impossible not to disturb them. I expect they head back the moment I have gone past. The whimbrel was still on the beach, there were more curlews back today and a new redshank. The days are getting shorter (although thankfully very gradually) and summer marches on.

…and six of the 17 goosanders

Posted June 24, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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