October 13th   Leave a comment

Most of the barnacle geese seemed to have gone through: today it was only small flocks of less than 10. Yesterday was quite spectacular and it did seem that every barnacle goose there ever was, was passing. Kilminning has also lost its redwings too. There were still some chiffchaffs and a brambling. And several red admiral butterflies, sailing around in the continuing warm, unseasonal sunshine.

A chiffchaff at Upper Kilminning today

It has been a busy non-birding week and some good “local patch gold” birds that I have seen have fallen by the wayside. I had another grebe past Crail on the 9th. I picked it up late as I sea watched from my house, which meant a two second view rather than 10. It was a red-necked or a Slavonian, my initial ID was the former, but I can’t be sure, particularly when it so conveniently fills a hole in my year list. On the 10th I had a raven over Fairmont. The first on the patch for a couple of months since I stopped looking for corn buntings up near the Secret Bunker. They may be back in the Fairmont area now for the winter as they were last year. On the same day I has a jay flying out of the woods at Cambo. There was an influx of jays along the east coast at the end of last week and several were seen at Kilminning last Saturday.

Posted October 13, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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