March 25th   Leave a comment

My first “real” summer migrant of the year today. Chiff-chaffs and lesser black-backed gulls don’t quite count because they can overwinter. I saw a fluttery shape charging low over the rocky shore at Balcomie. Something obviously different. A proper look at it and I could see it was a sand martin, although it was gone in a few seconds northwards. From Senegal or another West African country only a few weeks ago. On its way to a riverbank somewhere in the north of Scotland. And in a hurry even though this is my earliest sand martin record for Crail. The next earliest sighting was April 1st 2006. Sand martins are classic early migrants with many arriving in England late March, but not particularly so for Crail. I sometimes don’t see one until late April; it’s the same for northern wheatears (which pretty much guarantees one for tomorrow 🙂 ). The first summer migrant of the year always cheers me up. The passage season staring up again. Another migrant flew over Fife Ness a bit later. A goosander, again flying very fast. Another one for a Scottish riverbank somewhere in the north of Scotland.

Female goosander (JA)

Posted March 25, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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