Feb 16th   Leave a comment

What a difference a couple of days make. Today it was ten degrees, and there were about 20 frogs in my garden pond or sunning themselves around the edge. It was nearly solid ice three days ago! The great tits and robins are singing their heads off; the fieldfares, redwings and skylarks have all disappeared inland again. Today I saw a handful of skylarks and two were already singing. At Balcomie Beach there were still twenty or so dunlin and the single knot but it was much more relaxed. I sat in the warm sun, in the dunes out of the wind, and thought about how the wheatears will be starting to head north in a couple of weeks.

A Balcomie Dunlin, with just a hint of summer plumage (JA)

Posted February 16, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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