September 17th   Leave a comment

And then back to calm again. A bright day with the wind dying down to a light westerly by the evening. There were a few new migrants. A pied flycatcher at Kilminning which I missed, but I did have my first two fieldfares of the winter as I searched. It’s always nice to hear their grumpy chacking as they arrive for the winter. There were more pink-footed geese coming in, with flocks passing over Crail most of the day. None of the flocks have been particularly large yet. At the Patch at Fife Ness I found a spotted flycatcher, a couple of siskins and had a common snipe flying over. And another migrant – a very tattered painted lady butterfly. My first of the year to contrast with the invasion of last when I had hundreds by August.

A fieldfare, fresh in from Scandinavia this lunchtime at Kilminning, and with plenty of whitebeam berries ready for it
The tattered painted lady in the Patch this morning

Posted September 17, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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