July 8th   Leave a comment

It felt like the start of the autumn passage today. There were three juvenile northern wheatears on the rocky shore between Balcomie and Fife Ness, and a fourth one on the airfield at Kilminning. These birds will be on their way, albeit over the next few weeks, to Africa, having bred somewhere further north. To add to the autumn feeling, there was a common sandpiper at Fife Ness. Strictly speaking common sandpipers are mid-summer birds for Crail. They start their passage early and are commonest on the shore in July and August. We should expect the other early migrant species any day soon – whinchats and then tree pipits.

Juvenile wheatear on the shore at Balcomie (JA)

Posted July 8, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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