October 27th   Leave a comment

I looked for Lapland buntings this morning, trying a couple of stubble fields at Wormiston that even in a poor winter often have them. No sign, and very few skylarks. The lack of skylarks by this time of year is quite unusual, but with warm weather across Europe still then there is no reason for them to come over to the UK yet. I did put up some corn buntings, but a pair and then a singleton that almost gave a bit of song as it flew off. I wonder if they are as confused as the frogs in my pond, because winter has been cancelled. It was very calm at Fife Ness and I regretted my lack of telescope: a Mediterranean gull, a pomarine skua and a minke whale spotted by some visiting birders sitting next to me were all distant and unidentifiable. The no scope strategy wasn’t a wise move today, although I picked up a female merlin and a few red-throated divers close in. There was another merlin – a juvenile male – on the airfield as I cycled back to Crail, and a female at Balcomie, making three sightings during the morning. The merlins are here for the winter even if the skylarks aren’t.

Corn bunting (John Anderson)

Posted October 27, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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