October 31st   Leave a comment

It’s been a gale all day, with a strong southerly wind pushing the remaining gannets close to Crail as they pass. I watched for late skuas a couple of times today but apart from kittiwakes and guillemots little was passing. It was a wild sea so exciting to watch regardless. I walked along the coast towards Anstruther in the afternoon as far as Caiplie. There were fieldfares coming in from the sea the whole walk. It was the same yesterday and the day before. Small flocks passing over Crail, heading inland, here for another winter. I watched a couple of cormorants on the rocks trying to dry their wings. Their solid work in flapping their wings to shake the water off was undone by every other wave. They gave up and dived back into the spume. Roome Bay mid-afternoon was at high tide and so full of herring and black-headed gulls, redshanks and turnstones. I saw three of my colour-ringed redshanks, two now ten years old, among the 40 others. It’s always cheering to see the marked individuals back again each winter, like old friends, but each year there are inevitably fewer.

One of the fieldfares just in from Scandinavia today, having a quick break at West Braes before heading inland
Cormorants trying to dry their wings in the sea spray

Posted October 31, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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