Monday, 30 May 2011

Wknd 28-29 May

Wind continues, so again scanned the Forth - constant movement of Kittiwakes, Gannets, Fulmars & auks offshore with 10 Manx (group 7 + 2,1) W off Seton (above) on Saturday and 8 W, 2E on Sunday. In force 6 wind Fulmars typically shear to vertical, Manx will do same but wings more flexible even if darker upper parts can't be seen - pics below:

Also on Sunday a summer plumage diver with bold dark flank line E off Seton came down on sea there but too distant/choppy to confirm as BTD. More positively a family of young Rock Pipits along shore by Cockenzie harbour.

Did a circuit of Redcoll to Cottyburn and back via Longniddry railway walk after dusk, Quail called up by whistle at Wheatrig. Good job they respond to whistling, my previously used tape and tape machine are worn out!

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