August 21st   Leave a comment

Today was the second day of easterly winds, and there were heavy rain showers last night and today. A recipe for some migrants appearing, but not quite yet. It was as quiet as I have ever seen it at Kilminning and in the Patch this morning. Almost nothing to see or calling. It was raining a fair bit which will have kept activity down, but I am fairly sure that there wasn’t much about. Yesterday I had a couple of tree pipits at north Kilminning and willow warblers and a spotted flycatcher in the south: these are “from the west” migrants and no sign of them today. Hopefully a complete change tomorrow with a flush of migrants from the east. In consolation I sea watched – manx shearwaters, great skuas, terns, common scoters, little gulls and a bar-tailed godwit – and beach watched – the big flock of ringed plover was still in residence.

The Balcomie ringed plover flock (spot the knot and dunlin among them) (John Anderson)

Posted August 21, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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