September 22nd   Leave a comment

The wind got up today for the first time in a couple of weeks with strong south westerlies heralding in the equinox. I was up at the stubble fields at Boarhills thinking about mapping the winter distribution of the corn buntings. The fields were almost empty even in the areas of high density corn bunting breeding. In about six stubble fields I found only a flock of Canada Geese, a stonechat, a couple of skylarks, some grey partridges and a handful of meadow pipits. Where the buntings are at the moment I really don’t know. Hillhead Farm on the other side of Kenly Water was just the same: lots of great wild bird seed mix habitat along the field edges but no buntings.

Some of the ten Canada geese now left at Kenly as the late summer flock finishes moulting and heads back, I think, to England

The curlew sandpiper from last Sunday resurfaced today, feeding on stinky pool at Fife Ness with a couple of dunlin and a ringed plover. It was a reasonably tame bird – by definition any wader using stinky pool is tame because of the disturbance of the coastal path and a golf green directly beside it – so I could sit less than twenty meters away as it fed. I was there near to high tide so the rocks behind were busy with other waders: thirty dunlin, twenty turnstone, five purple sandpipers, ringed plovers, redshanks oystercatchers, curlews and even a couple of whimbrel.

The curlew sandpiper at Stinky Pool this afternoon
The same bird (John Anderson)

Posted September 22, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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