August 25th   Leave a comment

This evening was the first since May without a swift over Crail. Most left last Thursday, but there were still birds chasing and screaming along the High Street over the weekend. All in all their exit is about a week later than last year. There will be a week of one or two stragglers passing over but the major part of the summer is over. A merlin came over my garden as I looked for swifts this evening – one door closes another opens. The first geese will be here in a week.

I am seeing sparrowhawks hunting on the rocky shore most days now. It seems to be a late August or early September thing. It makes sense. I go to Balcomie Beach because there are loads of birds there and the sparrowhawks do the same. Hundreds of starlings and waders; lots of young pied wagtails. Today the hunting conditions were all in the sparrowhawk’s favour with the haar and murky light first thing making them just about invisible.

A sparrowhawk hunting over the rocky shore at Fife Ness (John Anderson)

Posted August 25, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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