Saturday, 4 September 2010

Wknd 3-4 September

3 pale-bellied Brents arrived with Shelduck on sea off Craigielaw c. 16:30hrs, climbed out onto Gosford Sands to preen, depicted at c. 1km distant. Two had obvious white neck patches, but could not make out on third so perhaps a family. This followed a frustrating sighting of 2 definite shearwater sp heading NE past on which I really could not make out any white; there was haze but the warmer brown of these birds suggested they might not be Manx, which is the only regular visitor into the Forth [PS - Sooties reported from Anstruther opposite early evening]. Anyone at Gullane Point would have had a clear view. Full counts.

During the previous wk, the Whinchat remained on Blindwells with the Stonechat family (3+) and stripy juv Little Grebes are out at last. House Martins fledged off the house opposite and we had 16 birds over the house, nevertheless less than half the post-breeding peak we have had in earlier years.

On the Seton shore a different adult Med Gull with a dark mask was present on Thursday. The Mute Swans remain, two darvics amongst them (LPT, LSY). Also saw my first Cormorant darvic (ringed this year on Forth island) on Wrecked Craigs rocks but could not get all the letters, will try again.

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