Sunday, 11 April 2010

Wknd 10-11 April

Wknd commenced with receipt of BTO return on Barn Owl recovered from A1 at Macmerry in early Feb - ringed as a chick in July last year near Largo Bay in Fife (GC73815). So whilst not "local" it had only moved about 20 miles but had presumably made the sea crossing over the Forth, quite possibly after the hard weather started but maybe earlier during its initial dispersal.

Both days out on the Seton shore very few migrants apparent, with still no sign of Sandwich Tern which makes them very late. On Sunday afternoon a bunch of White Wagtails appeared on the shore at Wrecked Craigs, Port Seton, and proceeded to flycatch over the rocks, making digiscoping near impossible, until vigorously seen off by a resident Pied male.

Still a few Long-tailed Duck on the sea, 14 in Gosford Bay mainly in near full breeding plumage. Photo below shows sea duck settled for the night at dusk on Saturday, with another spectacular sunset over Longniddry beach.

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