July 25th   Leave a comment

The swifts have upped the ante again. This morning with ten minutes of playback below my swift boxes I had a pair visiting below and around the boxes frequently, often with a third bird, and then two occasions of a bird landing at a nest box hole, hanging on and having a good look inside. Again fantastically optimistic. Next time a swift in the box maybe. I realise I have forgotten to update re the swift fledgling of last Sunday. On Monday there was no sign of the bird either inside or below the box, and we haven’t found a body in the garden in the days since. The evidence is that it fledged. I hope it made it.

Swifts properly checking out one of the nest boxes today – a composite from two visits

I was at Balcomie at full low tide so the waders were dispersed over the rocky shore apart from a handful of dunlin and ringed plover on the beach. At Fife Ness there were three knot with some turnstone, all in summer plumage – there should be some here for next few weeks as they start returning from the Arctic. At sea everything was far out apart from the gannets. A greylag goose flying south was unusual for the time of year. There are still whinchats at Kilminning; 2-3 birds today, at least two juveniles along the reserve fence, and possibly an adult, distantly in the oat field.

The three knot at Fife Ness

Posted July 25, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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