August 10th   Leave a comment

Despite the heavy rain over the last few days, my three remaining corn bunting nests with chicks in them are still going strong, and those that have fledged recently all seem to be present and correct in their territories. As I sat by the potato field next to the Balcomie Hotel, checking the nests, I saw a marsh harrier over the airfield. It was hunting in the area all morning. Another juvenile, or perhaps the same one as on the 4th. Marsh harriers can linger a long time at sites as they migrate slowly southwards. Some don’t make it to Africa and extend their stay in Europe throughout the winter. At one point the harrier headed towards Crail and made it as far as Roome Bay. I was tempted to jump back on my bike and head for my garden to see it flying over so that I could add it to my garden list. The madness passed thankfully, and almost immediately after the harrier headed straight back to the airfield. I then heard a tree pipit flying over. My first for the year: they are an August flyover species that I almost always record only on call. A final migrant of the morning was the first northern wheatear of the autumn, again distantly on the airfield.

Tree pipit (John Anderson)

Posted August 10, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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