May 15th   Leave a comment

With south-easterly winds and a clear night last night it is good conditions for migrants to get on with it, rather than hanging around at Fife Ness. Consequently, it was quiet at Kilminning – I just saw a couple of willow warblers behaving like they were passage birds, and there were still a couple of wheatears on the golf course at Balcomie (yesterday there at least seven). At Balcomie Beach there was a flock of 20 ringed plover with a few dunlin: these are likely to be passage birds on their way to somewhere like Spitsbergen or Arctic Scandinavia. This morning up on the old railway line above Kingsbarns (trying unsuccessfully to catch the flock of corn buntings still feeding up there on a big pile of discarded grain) I had another raven soaring high above.

Summer plumage passage dunlin at Fife Ness (JA)

Posted May 15, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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