June 2021 Sightings

The drake Garganey was still present on the North loch at Morton Lochs NNR (1st), an Osprey passed over East Pitkerie, N of Kilrenny heading west and a very vocal pair of Spotted Flycatchers were a good find on the Rankeillor Estate, the first seen there in four years by the observer. The Reed Warbler was still singing next to the FBC hide at Kilconquhar Loch (2nd), but only provided very brief views and at Morton Lochs NNR the drake Garganey was still showing very well. An Osprey passed over Balcomie (3rd) heading S, 10 Black-tailed Godwits were present on the wetland pools at Preston Island, Valleyfield, two Arctic Skuas and a Manx Shearwater passed east at Anstruther and at Balcomie (4th) a scarce, in these parts, Little Egret passed over N, nearby at Kilminning a Cuckoo was present and counted at Letham Pools (6th) were an adult Little Gull, two Ravens and a Redshank, close by a monitored Raven nest had seven fledglings in it, this means 100% fledging success there this year. At Luthrie, there were three pairs of Shelduck, one pair with 10 ducklings, also 15 AON Black-headed Gulls and counted from the Eden Estuary Centre were a crèche of 95 Eider ducklings and a crèche of seven Shelduck ducklings, also noted were 13 Goosanders and eight Goldeneye, up in Glen Vale (7th) a Snipe was heard drumming and at Kilconquhar Loch a distant Marsh Harrier was seen. Also in the Lomond Hills a Cuckoo was heard calling on East Lomond. A drake Garganey was present at Wilderness (8th), a Crossbill flew over Dunino and a Quail was heard calling there also. A Red Kite passed over the beach at Burntisland (11th), then drifted towards Kinghorn, two Barnacle Geese were on the Eden Estuary LNR, the drake Garganey still present at Wilderness and was noted moulting into eclipse plumage. From the Eden Estuary Centre (12th), broods of 18 and five Shelduck ducklings were noted, as were a 2nd cy Little Gull, two Barnacle Geese, one Black-tailed Godwit, four Teal, one Osprey and a Little Egret. Up at Glen Vale (14th), five Stonechats were watched which comprised of a pair and three juveniles and off Dalgety Bay one Manx Shearwater flew E, with a further 16 passing west, with these birds also seen from St David’s Harbour, where two Kittiwakes were also noted. 103 Manx Shearwaters also passed Fife Ness. An Osprey was watched passing over Inverkeithing (15th), with another seen from the bridge at Guardbridge, 18 Manx Shearwaters flew E at St David’s Harbour, with a further 131 were counted passing Crail. A Lesser Whitethroat was still singing in bushes behind the end of the car park at Seafield (16th) and a Whimbrel was seen on the shoreline at Cellardyke. A Cuckoo was watched being chased by a Meadow Pipit at Ruddons Point (18th), with another seen at Kilminning. The two Barnacle Geese were still present at the Eden Estuary LNR and there were also Shelduck broods of 17, eight, four and four. Noted off Kinghorn (19th) were two Bonxies, five Manx Shearwaters, one 2nd cy Little Gull, two Red-throated Divers and nine Goosanders, the eclipse drake Garganey was still present at the Wilderness, with also one Common Sandpiper there. Seen off Fife Ness was a brood of 12 Eider ducklings. Seen off Dalgety Bay were two Arctic Skuas, 13 Manx Shearwaters and a Red-throated Diver, with 268 Manx Shearwaters and 15 Common Scoters counted passing Fife Ness and 84 Manx Shearwaters, three Common Scoters and a Red-throated Diver noted passing Anstruther. Five Manx Shearwaters were seen passing Kinghorn (20th) and a Cuckoo was heard calling repeatedly at East Lomond in the Lomond Hills, an Osprey was watched at Cameron Reservoir, while a female Marsh Harrier was watched hunting at Golden Hill, 43 Manx Shearwaters and six Common Scoters passed Anstruther and a Cuckoo was heard calling from the car park at East Lomond (21st). Counted at Outh Muir (22nd) were two pairs of Curlews, two pairs of Oystercatchers and a pair of Grey Wagtails, all with young, one Bonxie, 10 Manx Shearwaters, four Goosanders and 20 Common Scoters were noted passing Crail and 27 Manx Shearwaters, 40 Common Scoters and 43 Goosanders were counted off Dalgety Bay (24th). An Osprey was watched from the Eden Estuary Centre (26th), a lone Canada Goose was seen at Cameron Reservoir and noted off Anstruther were one Bonxie W, 36 Manx Shearwaters E, six Common Scoters E. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Kilrenny Mill (28th) and an Osprey was seen circling and fishing at Angle Park GP (29th) and was joined by a Marsh Harrier for a brief moment. A Quail was heard calling from the old railway track N of Kingsbarns (30th) and two Ospreys were seen at Lindores Loch.

Information supplied courtesy of Malcolm Ware