July 31st   Leave a comment

The national heatwave eluded Crail today – we only hit a maximum of 16 degrees – mainly because of the strong south-easterly this afternoon. It was great for seabirds though. Perfect conditions and everything flying out of the Forth was pushed close inshore and so was passing close enough to be appreciated. There was a steady passage of manx shearwaters all afternoon: about 150 an hour at 4 pm, and up to nearly 300 an hour by early evening. The best place to see them was at Sauchope, where they were passing about 100 meters out. By the time they got to Fife Ness they were several hundred meters away from the shore. I sat right at the tip of Fife Ness for a while, at the level of the waves, and it made the shearwaters easier to see as they broke the horizon. From the slightly more elevated level of outside the hide they were much less visible with the sea as background. The gannets were also very close, with fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins, guillemots and sandwich terns also passing. And the first great skua of the year, cruising past Kilminning coast.

Manx shearwaters passing Sauchope this evening with the May Island in the background

Posted July 31, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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