Friday, 21 September 2012

Wknd 22-23 September

A few Bonxies heading in Forth on Friday afternoon and Saturday. All heading up mid-channel purposefully. Amazing to think these probably following a route followed for many generations, i.e. the Forth then overland to the west - though there is no apparent "way out" when entering perhaps they had taken the same route when younger or with other skuas and thus "know the way"? Also a steady stream of Red Admirals coming "in off" from Fife direction. Seen 99% of the summer's butterflies in the last 10 days - one small patch at The Dean, Longniddry, had 5 Small Torts, 5 Red Admiral, a Peacock and a Comma last weekend, also found a Small Tort in the house!

Also on Friday, 95 Canada Geese around East Fenton, no Whoopers back there. Passing Aberlady, one SEO hunting the salt marsh (reported here also 21/22 August). Later one road casualty SEO collected off A1 Blindwells (another tip off from Colin); tail feathers sufficient to identify as ad female (ad based on solid tip to central, female based on 3 good bars on both webs of upperside of outermost feather, see earlier male); also in moult with P7 less than half grown (see second last). En route had seen a meteor streaking down over Hoprig, apparently part of a wider influx. Wonder if the owl was too?

Sunday at Ferny Ness again but still no wind so no hope for seabird/vismig passage; nevertheless the glassy sea did enable a count of duck etc, at least 33 Red-necked Grebe in range (could not spot any Slavs or LTD) and initially perhaps a dozen Red-throated Diver but the latter were moving west and on next complete scan added up 25 on sea plus 3 W. Velvets went out to limits of visibility where clear water became shimmer but at least 380 in that range. A Bonxie went W but soon after presumed same E so perhaps milling around. 2 Barnacles tagged on behind Pinks passing W offshore, also a single f/imm Goldeneye SE and a f/imm Scaup NE past, latter not that common here over the sea.


  1. Don't tell anyone, but taken while driving past Gosford Sands! Beautiful afternoon to be out, unfortunately wind was totally absent for the seawatch though...