July 2022 Sightings

17 Black-tailed Godwits were at Letham Pools on the 2nd of the month. A 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull was at Ruddons Point the next day with an adult at Kinghorn and two adults and a 2nd calendar year bird at East Wemyss on the 4th and an adult, a 1st calendar year and a 2nd calendar year there on the 7th. A good early July record from the Back Dykes roost at East Wemyss was made on the 9th with 11 adult Mediterranean Gulls, two 2nd calendar year and six 1st calendar year birds. A Whimbrel was also noted. Next day numbers dropped to five birds (four adults and a 1st calendar year) with the Whimbrel still present. On the Eden Estuary on the 11th a good count of 18 Little Gulls was recorded with six Little Egrets and a Mediterranean Gull also seen. Back at East Wemyss there were 21 Mediterranean Gulls counted including 11 adults, a 2nd calendar year, eight 1st calendar year and the first reported juvenile. An early morning seawatch from Dysart Harbour on the 12th had highlights of two adult and a 1st calendar year Mediterranean Gull plus an adult Little Gull passing, while at Letham Pools two Greenshanks were present. There were 24 Mediterranean Gulls in the roost that day at East Wemyss (no ages given) and a 3rd calendar year bird flew past Kinghorn on the 14th. 17 Mediterranean Gulls were present at East Wemyss on the 16th (eight adults, three 2nd calendar year, four 1st calendar year and two juveniles) with another adult seen at Ruddons Point. An adult Long-tailed Skua was loitering off Dysart on the 17th for 15 minutes with an adult Mediterranean Gull also seen. At Kinghorn a 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull and 56 Manx Shearwaters were seen from East Braes and an adult Pomarine Skua flew west past the harbour later with 46 Manx Shearwaters. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls were at the river mouth at Leven, a regular haunt for this species in the past. An amazing day at Letham Pools on the 19th with a potential first for Fife in the form of a White-rumped Sandpiper which had a Pectoral Sandpiper for company, plus 23 Black-tailed Godwits and three Greenshanks. A Green Sandpiper was seen at The Wilderness the same day. The Pectoral Sandpiper and the White-rumped Sandpiper were both still present on the 20th with the latter seen flying high to the south-west with two Ringed Plovers mid-morning and not seen subsequently. A Green Sandpiper and 13 Little Egrets were counted at Guardbridge on the 21st with an adult, a 3rd calendar year and two 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gulls at Anstruther. Another adult Mediterranean Gull was at Tayport, with a Whimbrel also there. A report of a Rose-coloured Starling in Aberdour surfaced on Facebook and appeared genuine but the bird could not be relocated. The 22nd began on a very similar note with 10 Mediterranean Gulls at East Wemyss (Seven adults, two 2nd calendar year and a juvenile) and three Whimbrel flew east. Along the coast at Kinghorn an adult, a 2nd calendar year and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were seen with a Whimbrel noted, two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were at the golf club at Anstruther and two adult Little Gulls were at Tentsmuir. Late evening in the Back Dykes roost at East Wemyss an adult Bonaparte’s Gull was found and back at Kinghorn there was an adult Pomarine Skua and nearby at Pettycur a Roseate Tern was seen. The Bonaparte’s Gull was present again at East Wemyss the next day and eventually showed well before departing late morning. Also seen there were 46 Mediterranean Gulls (no ages given) and 59 Manx Shearwaters and at Kinghorn two adult and a 1st calendar year Little Gulland an adult, a 1st calendar year Mediterranean Gull and 43 Manx Shearwaters were noted. Guardbridge had two adult Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Little Egrets and six Greenshanks with an adult Mediterranean Gull and four Brent Geese being found at Tayport. A juvenile and three 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gulls showed well in Anstruther. There were 14 Little Egrets seen from the Eden Centre on the 24th and two adult Little Gulls with a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were seen from the promenade at Kirkcaldy. A Wood Sandpiper was a great find at KilrennyMill on the 25th and a Cory’s Shearwater was watched drifting east at Kinghorn. Nearby at Pettycur Sands a 1st calendar year and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls were picked out amongst the hundreds of terns present. Next day the Cory’s Shearwater was still off Kinghorn showing well at times and it’s remarkable to think that this bird, much sought-after by seawatchers of old, has become twitchable in our county. Three Sooty Shearwaters were seen passing Fife Ness early that morning, hopefully the first of many, with 63 Manx Shearwaters. Three adult Mediterranean Gulls were at Dysart, with juveniles at Kinghorn and Fife Ness. The Cory’s Shearwater was still showing well at Kinghorn at times on the 27th and two Storm Petrels, a Sooty Shearwater and 268 Manx Shearwaters were off Fife Ness. 16 Little Egrets were counted on the Eden Estuary but possibly 18 birds were present. Kinghorn was still graced by the Cory’s Shearwater’s presence the next day with 18 Mediterranean Gulls (four juveniles) at East Wemyss. An adult and a juvenile were also seen at Levenmouth and eight Whimbrel were counted at Out Head. Anstruther had a flyby Red-necked Grebe and two Little Gulls with a single of the latter at Kilconquhar Loch. The 29th had a familiar ring about it with the Cory’s Shearwater still off Kinghorn, while two Sooty Shearwaters, 70 Manx Shearwaters and three Bonxies were seen at Fife Ness. At the roost at East Wemyss 41 Mediterranean Gulls were counted, with no ages given. The next day the Cory’s Shearwater was becoming more elusive at Kinghorn but was seen by a few observers slightly east of Pettycur. The last day of July was a quiet affair with only a Green Sandpiper watched at The Wilderness and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Kinghorn to end a fantastic month.

Information supplied courtesy of Malcolm Ware