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Wild Crail! is written by Will Cresswell with photographs from John Anderson (JA).

Posted November 26, 2010 by wildcrail

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  1. Johns photographs are superb, would he mind telling me what focal length lens he favours for most of his bird photography?

  2. Lovely, lovely website, this is an educational tour de force. We are moving to the East Neuk, but now live in the Austrian alps with our own woodland. Our two year old loves watching the birds in the garden with his bird book and can name at a number of breeds now. Your site, with clear, concise, yet near poetic description combined with sublime photography, is a tool we will now use to excite him about our move. Thank you.

  3. Thank you, you will miss the trees but will gain the sea.

  4. What a brilliant website which I’ve just discovered today. This is so well put together with some wonderful photographs. Congratulations. We are coming up to Crail for a holiday in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to see some of the wildlife up there. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you, hope you have a good holiday. Do visit the Isle of May – its the best time to go. 30,000 puffins can’t be wrong.

  6. Hi there. My wife and I were up from Surrey visiting our son at St Andrews at the w/e. On the way home to the airport we visited the Kilminning Nature Reserve at around 11.30-12.30. Beautiful spot. We are (very) amateur birders but thought we might have seen a female harrier of some sort due to the (definite) white ring above the tail. There was a kestrel about which we are sure you know well and we could have been confused. On consulting our books the facial markings were more like a Montagu than a Hen. We thought maybe a stray juvenile. We won’t be visiting again for quite a while and thought we should consult a local birder like yourself. Would love to know what you think.

    • A montagu’s harrier is a very good bird to find in Fife – but August at Kilminning would be about the best time and place if one was to occur. Hen harriers are more likely but they have a bulky, buzzard like look to them – Montagu’s are lighter and even slightly reminiscent of a kestrel on first view. The facial disk on Montagu’s is fairly distinctive and so if you were sure it was a harrier then you may well have seen a Montagu’s. I’m extremely jealous. I’ll pass this on to the Fife bird recorder and keep an eye out although I suspect it is long gone now.

  7. There seem to be a couple of dozen pairs of kittiwakes on the cliffs by St Andrews’ Castle, pair-bonding. This is an early arrival (mid-January) from wintering out at sea?

    • Spectacularly early! It’s been a warm winter but they really don’t get going until April. We are definitely talking about kittiwakes rather than fulmars? (apologies if the question makes you want to hit me) – the latter can pop in to the breeding site en masse for a bit of pair bonding all winter.

  8. Definitely not fulmars. They had all the usual prettiness of a kittiwake, rather than the fulmar’s aqiline profile.

  9. Thanks will for your wonderful wild crail website we are in crail for the next week till the 26 hope we may see you for an informative chat many thanks mr mrs berry and keep up the good work .alongside John’s wonderful photos .many thanks

  10. Will,
    It’s Andy Tweedie, I found a dead swan this afternoon, 20 Jan 21 up at the far end of the Balcomie beach.
    It was fully grown and showed no obvious cause of death and had no identifying rings that I could see.
    I left it on the coastal path about 100 metres from the first green golf hut as you walk towards Kingsbarns in case it is of any interest to you?

    All the best

  11. Hi. Had a woodcock come in-off at 3.30 this afternoon – land behind the cave.

  12. In regard to the comments re dippers and their rarity in the East Neuk, there are a pair nesting in the walled garden at Cambo, as indeed are a pair of grey wagtails.

    • Thank you for the information – that increases the East Neuk breeding population by 100%, or 50% (I know of 1-2 other pairs breeding, but I don’t search for them systematically). This is great news. I have looked for dippers on the Cambo Burn for 20 years and only had one there as a random winter bird. I don’t get into the walled garden even though I have Cambo membership although they must forage in the burn above and below where I do go about 5-6 times a year. So I think this might be a new development this year? It would be interesting to know if they have fledged any chicks successfully – they should be out by now. Grey wagtails – yes they have bred along the burn at Cambo fairly regularly, if not every year, and they breed even in the stunted and mostly underground burns of Crail.

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