July 22nd   Leave a comment

It has been raining most of the day. A proper continuous west coast rain adding another 7 mm to the monthly total that will match June’s. I walked out of Crail towards Anstruther mid afternoon when it began to clear up. The May princess was heading out to the island into the murk: trips have resumed and there are still plenty of seabirds doing their thing there if the numbers shuttling past Crail are anything to go by. But there are also plenty of fledged seabirds around now: this week there have been the first few sandwich terns being chased by their demanding chicks. Their arrival always seems to be the signal for the beginning of the end of the seabird season. And there were three newly fledged herring gull chicks in the harbour today. It is also getting quieter along the coastal path as the songbirds finish breeding. Most of the buntings are still going though and today there was reed bunting song to be heard most of my walk. They can have three broods in a year and at least around the East Neuk seem to be nesting more and more in intensive crop fields. A recipe for success. Their numbers have declined in England but may be increasing slightly in Scotland, and their shift from reedy and damp places to more agricultural habitats must be a part of this. They should perhaps be called field buntings.

Male reed bunting singing along West Braes this afternoon

Posted July 22, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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