September 12th   Leave a comment

Still fairly quiet with warm days and little wind. There are still lots of guillemots along the shore, and more and more are turning up inland and dead on beaches. It does look like a mass mortality is occurring at the moment. Guillemots are susceptible to starvation, but usually coincident with storms making visibility to see fish and fishing generally difficult for them. The North Sea has been fairly calm for the last six weeks so it is a bit of a mystery at the moment. On a brighter note, there was a steady passage of red-throated divers into the Forth today – one or two past every ten minutes. There were also four northern wheatears at Balcomie Beach, the highest number this autumn. In a good period this can be as high as 20-30, but perhaps it is the start.

Northern Wheatear (John Anderson)

Posted September 12, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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