Sunday, 4 May 2014

Wknd 3-4 May

On Saturday still 7 Long-tailed Ducks off Longniddry c/p 2, pair above with Inchkeith behind and a male below, also roosting with BHG. Hirundines passing at 25/hr.

During the week Sandwich Terns continued to gather on Gosford Sands on the falling tide at dusk every day reaching 182 birds by 2/5 (no further sign of the little one), with a large gathering of Common Scoter fishing remarkably close offshore, 260+ (140 m) on Wednesday, when also 77 Red-breasted Merganser fishing the shallows and 12 Long-tailed Ducks, some of the latter feeding amongst the scoter, and 2 Puffins (species 109 for patchwork, ended April on 129 points).

Dawn on Sunday saw the 10th anniversary of my BBS count at Whitekirk NT5981, pleased with two firsts - Jay in Barebanes Wood and a displaying Lapwing over fields E of A198. Wren now back up to pre-2010 numbers with 6 in song in the first 200m transect where many trees also felled. Grasshopper Warbler reeling by the Peffer Burn and a new rookery at Whitekirk village. Finally the bizarre sight of three Mallards in a mating scrum in the middle of the main road in Whitekirk!

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