October 24th   Leave a comment

Despite a strong south-easterly wind for most of the day there wasn’t much passing at sea. More gannets, but most a long way out, kittiwakes, a couple of little gulls, common scoters and two goosander during sea watches from Crail and Fife Ness. There were three purple sandpipers on Balcomie Beach. One was unexpectedly on the sand with the dunlins and I only picked it up as it flew away from me giving its swallow like “zwick” call. Structurally purple sandpipers are very similar to dunlin, and both can swop habitat, although you see more dunlins picking around on rocks by the surf than purps  on the mud.

Purple sandpiper on Balcomie Beach this afternoon ; I tried to get a photo of the one on the sand, but it was much more wary than this pair in their element

Posted October 24, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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