Sunday, 22 September 2013

Wknd 21-22 September

This Kestrel at Chapel Farm, hunting from an earth bank, tame but think it's an ad f, not a juv.

An influx of birds to the resr there including 98 Canada Geese, 7 hybrid Greylag x Canada, 3 Greylag (from Musselburgh?), 16 Pinks (many more to and fro over), 136 Mallard, 6 Wigeon, 6 Tuftie, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, a Snipe, 10 Ruff (4 juv m, 4 juv f, 2 ad m), a juvenile Spotted Redshank (first here), juvenile Greenshank, the latter two with a Ruff and a Redshank shown below, plus a couple of female Ruffs.

Some of the regular wintering Greylags back East Fortune, 244 plus the four white and one grey bird, wonder where they spent the summer? East Fenton had 26 adult Mute Swans, including green-NDP and NLT which I expect have just arrived from Musselburgh moult.

Atlas-wise it was mainly Collared Doves, with breeding proved at Lochhill cottages, Ballencrieff castle (several juvs in 30+ birds visiting stubble with a flock of 130+ House Sparrows), Gullane Erskine Road (10+ ads in village) and Highfield by Kingston. Woodpigeon nest found at East Fenton but just outside NT58F where still needed, also a tatty Speckled Wood along the ride there. House Martins still around nest at Luffness Mains, where also the woodpecker was doing its best to hide:

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