March 23rd   Leave a comment

As we passed the equinox and race towards light evenings, it turned colder again today, with a cold south-westerly. The wind still suits the whooper swans. Four went over Crail this morning, heading northeast. Yesterday there was a steady passage of razorbills past fife Ness heading north too. I counted about 150 passing every 5 minutes, making 1800 an hour. Mixed in were a few guillemots and the first puffins of the year. There was also a slow but steady passage of kittiwakes heading north. As I seawatched I picked up a stiff winged bird far out, low over the sea. Not the most likely fulmar, but an adult female peregrine cutting the corner off from the Aberdeenshire coast and heading for the Lothians. Peregrines migrate huge distances in some parts of the world – Greenland to Mexico, for example – but I suspect this was a “local” movement. A peregrine’s daily local is at the county scale.

Now is a good time to see red-breasted mergansers. A few are around the rocks of the Roome Bay, the harbour and West Braes. They are unmistakable if you have a close view – and they are often fishing close in, in very shallow water. Like little Chinese dragons.   

Red-breasted mergansers (JA)

Posted March 23, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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