September 3rd   Leave a comment

Another quiet couple of days. Kilminning has lost most of its willow warblers and whitethroats have become scarce. Barely anything is passing at sea of note except sandwich terns and the still occasional newly fledged gannet. Balcomie Beach had a bar-tailed godwit and over 50 dunlin yesterday, but then only four dunlin today near to high tide. There are still about 10-20 knot on the rocks at Fife Ness and roosting on the small rocky island behind Stinky Pool where the shags congregate. There is usually a good wader roost on that island at high tide but it is hard to see the waders and anything on the sea side will go undetected. When a grey heron arrives and spooks everything you suddenly realise that you can only see about 10% of the waders roosting there. A common sandpiper on the rocks between Kilminning and Sauchope was the best bird today. Yesterday it was two common swifts beating into the wind over Fife Ness after a bit of feeding above the Patch. They will be far south today.

One of the knot at Fife Ness (JA)

Posted September 3, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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