October 5th   Leave a comment

It’s been a very rainy day. I tried walking over the stubble fields at Boarhills at lunchtime but rain stopped play: soggy skylarks and meadow pipits being the only thing on show. Later I tried some sea watching from my house in between emails and administration and lucked out on a male scaup flying by. Another surprisingly rare bird for the Crail patch, with one recorded in only seven of the last 19 years. They are either flybys like this as birds move along the coast or on the reservoir at Carnbee. Despite the very slow autumn, the scaup takes the year list up to 168, only 5 short of the record last year, and I am still a month ahead of when I hit 168 last year. But there is still no sign of any good migrant weather.

Scaup (John Anderson)

Posted October 5, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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