March 30th   1 comment

More signs of spring passage today with the warm southerly winds. I heard my first chiffchaff of the year – the first proper summer migrant chiffchaff – singing from the garden of the yellow house at Wormiston. Then two more singing at Lower Kilminning later. I felt sure I would see my first barn swallow too and although I didn’t, there were some reported from west Fife today. As the summer migrants come in, so the winter migrants leave. A flock of greylag geese north past Fife Ness, and small flocks of pink-footed geese and a single yapping barnacle goose, also going north but cutting across the peninsula at Kilminning.

Greylag geese (JA)

I was at Kilminning for an hour talking over possibilities of removing the tarmac and creating a wetland with a landscape engineer. It all seems possible which is very encouraging. The devil is in the details and there will be a big bill to pay. But some of the best bird reserves in the UK – Minsmere and Dungeness, for example – are almost entirely man made. I think the important thing is to see what might be, rather than accept what is. That said, Kilminning is still a good place to bird despite just being a lightly wooded car park. As I dreamt, I had my first siskin of the year over, a sparrowhawk, kestrel and a merlin hunting past me in the space of five minutes, and as mentioned, that noisy barnacle goose. Maybe there will be a marsh for it to pitch down on in a few years.

Kestrel (JA)

Posted March 30, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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  1. snap – we heard our first singing chiffchaff of the year just north of Kingsbarns on the coast path!

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