July 7th   Leave a comment

Crail has changed profoundly over the last few days. The human presence is back and it is tempting to think that wildlife will be in retreat again. I’m not so sure. Even on the busiest parts of the coastal path, there is enough space. People tend to keep to the path and the best bits of sandy beach: the overgrown brambly bits and the rocky corners with smelly rotting seaweed, where the birds really like to go, are avoided. Still, if it’s lockdown peace you want, then there is always the 5am option. There’s no-one to be seen between Balcomie and Crail apart from the greenkeepers at that time and wildlife still holds sway. This morning there were a few nearly fully grown eider chicks, the goosander flock, a whimbrel and a very confiding dunlin – it’s tempting to think it was just in from the Arctic and so not that worried about me after dodging polar bears and arctic foxes for the last couple of months.

The tame dunlin on Balcomie Beach at dawn this morning

Posted July 7, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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