April 24th   Leave a comment

The summer migrants are coming in quite slowly but surely. The weather is still cool, and the season has shifted from early back to about normal. Today I had my first common whitethroats and a sedge warbler. They tend to arrive back at the same time and usually in the fourth week of April. All in all it was a good day for summer migrants. Ten species. The two already mentioned, sand martin, barn swallow, sandwich tern, northern wheatear, blackcap, willow warbler, chiff-chaff and yellow wagtail. The last showing well in the horse fields at Barnsmuir. A lovely male: a drop of intense yellow to square an already sunny day. John Anderson saw it singing this morning in the usual territory that is always first occupied after they arrive so fingers crossed.

Crail yellow wagtail(s) today (bottom JA)

Posted April 24, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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