Saturday, 14 August 2010

Wknd 14-15 August

On Saturday, Knowes Farm was thick with House Sparrows as usual, minimum 120 around the shop and cottages, and conceivably double that number in the neighbourhood. A quick seawatch off Dunbar for an hour from 16:15hrs produced just two Arctic Skuas and 4 Manx, all N. En route home a gathering of gulls in stubble by Redcoll Lodge held at least one ad-win Med Gull (this is 1.5 miles from the coast).

Sunday round WeBS - this young Kestrel (juv male) was catching insects on Drem airfield; East Fenton held a juv Little Grebe, proving they can fly while still stripey; a Painted Lady (top) there the first I'd seen this year; no show from last month's Mandarin at East Fortune, and the Mutes have clearly failed yet again (at least 6 yrs in a row) despite their massive stick nest!

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