October 12th   Leave a comment

A change in the weather – a pulse of north-easterly wind overnight with some rain showers. This morning dawned wet but with a lot of birds coming in. Most noticeable were the barnacle geese and the redwings. I was in St Andrews as it got fully light and there were constant flocks of barnacle geese flying overhead, heading down the coast towards Fife Ness. Their ragged, untidy V formations giving them away long before I could hear their yapping, angry poodle, calls. There were barnacle geese passing all day, but there were thousands passing in the first hour. The same pattern for redwings. There were hundreds at Kilminning this morning. Every so often a sycamore would suddenly erupt as a flock of fifty would take off and head further inland. There were other migrants about: at least 8 chiffchaffs between Upper and Lower Kilminning, some blackcaps, a few brambling, song thrushes and mistle thrushes. And the first woodcock of the winter at Balcomie Cottages.

One of the many flocks of barnacle geese moving down the coast today (John Anderson)

Posted October 12, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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