Jan 28th   Leave a comment

It wasn’t a day to be outside with persistent rain and a strong south-easterly. But I have been stuck inside since the weekend. I went down to Balcomie Beach first thing this morning and was rewarded with a brief gap in the clouds and the showers. The sanderling were dispersed all over the low tide sand, running frantically back and forth; the dunlin were much more laid back, sedately probing along the water’s edge. All the waders suddenly went up and the oystercatchers and redshanks alarm called. I looked for the disturbance but couldn’t spot anything. I’m usually pretty good at spotting even a merlin. Windy weather makes it tricky to spot anything. Everything is moving, so detecting a small, dashing bird of prey is hard. And I’m only a spectator – for the birds on Balcomie beach its life and death, so they get jumpy in a gale and are much more prone to false alarms. Or maybe there was a merlin? But the waders all settled down quickly and calm resumed, if the ceaseless pacing of the sanderling can ever be considered peaceful.

A laid back dunlin on a calmer day at Balcomie last week (JA)

Posted January 28, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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