Saturday, 2 February 2013

Cullaloe - the Great Leap Forward

Managed a quick tour of all three patches this morning.

Inverkeithing managed to produce a Reed Bunting from the edge of a stubble field. It will show up at some point in the year but one of the less frequent species even in migration.

A small woodland at Cullaloe produced both Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker, and the fields produced Black-headed Gull. The first Little Grebe showed up just as there were none to see in Inverkeithing, moving the list forward by 4, albeit all expected.

Dalbeath Marsh LNR in Hill of Beath, despite having half the water frozen had a massive increase of Coot to 10, with some actively feeding while others loafed on the ice. A male Sparrowhawk was nice to see. A Lesser Black-backed Gull supplied the only new tick of the day though.

Forth bridge in the sunlight
Red leg club
A walk along Netherbeath Road laterproduced a flock of 40 Fieldfare feeding in the fields which still have stubble. A dozen Yellowhammer were in the same area, but a bigger surprise was the presence among the Fieldfares of a Meadow Pipit - an expected species but the first of the year here.

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