May 2019 Sightings

The month opened with a Dipper at Dura Den/Kemback then a Lesser Whitethroat, 29 Black-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrels and two Swifts were at Ferry Hills (1st) with the Lesser Whitethroat still present there the following day along with a Grasshopper Warbler. A Swift was at Anstruther and seven Manx Shearwaters, six Red-throated Divers and a Wheatear were at Fife Ness (2nd) where one Great Northern Diver and a Bonxie were noted the next day. Two Ospreys and four Little Egrets were seen from the Edenside hide, 37 Mute Swans were in a field at Parkhill, Newburgh and c100 Sand Martins were active over the water at Lindores Loch. Two Gadwalls and four Shelducks were at Luthrie (3rd).Two Lesser Whitethroats were at the opposite ends of Kilminning then Edenside held two drake Garganeys, five Whimbrels and four Little Egrets (4th). A Bonxie and a Manx Shearwater passed Anstruther whilst two Yellow Wagtails were accompanied by four White Wagtails at Balcomie Beach (5th) where the four White Wagtails lingered the following day and were joined by five Whimbrels, four Black-tailed Godwits and a Wheatear. Edenside held four Little Egrets, 28 Shelducks, an Osprey and five Tree Sparrows then two Green Woodpeckers were reported at Bath Moor Plantation (6th).Three Goosanders, four Blackcaps and a Whitethroat were at Kirkton of Balmerino (7th).

Wilderness hosted a Wood Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, two Goosanders, a Whooper Swan and five Pink-feet. Angle Park GP held a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper with an Osprey over while a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were present at Luthrie (8th). The Wood Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers and a Whooper Swan remained at Wilderness along with a Black-tailed Godwit. Up to four Bonxies, a Manx Shearwater, one Whimbrel and eight Sandwich Terns were seen off Fife Ness, two White Wagtails, a Wheatear and three Whimbrels were noted at Balcomie Beach with three of the latter species also noted at Culross. Six Black-tailed Godwits were at Letham Pools. Up in the hills, a juvenile Dipper, three Wheatears, a single male Whinchat, three pairs of Stonechats with a single juvenile and a pair of Ravens were all noted at Glen Vale (9th). Four Wood Sandpipers were now present at Wilderness as well as three Common Sandpipers, one Black-tailed Godwit, three Pink-feet and a Whooper Swan. A Pied Flycatcher was at Denburn Wood and a Black-tailed Godwit was at Letham Pools (10th). Three Whimbrels were seen flying over Dalgety Bay (11th) and a Spoonbill flew north-west over Kirkcaldy at height. Angle Park GP hosted two Wood Sandpipers and three Black-tailed Godwits then a White Wagtail was present at Luthrie and a Cuckoo was heard near Harperleas Reservoir. A pair of Stonechats along with five fledglings was seen at Elie Ness where the Black-necked Grebe was in the harbour again (12th). Six Whinchats and a group of nine Stonechats, including two fledglings, were noted at Glen Vale and a Hobby flew low over Kilmany. A Temminck’s Stint turned up at Angle Park GP, where three Black-tailed Godwits were also present, while a Wood Sandpiper lingered at Wilderness (13th).

An Osprey was seen circling low over Kilrenny and three Black-tailed Godwits were still present at Angle Park GP (15th) where one Wood Sandpiper was noted the next day. Seawatching at Fife Ness produced one Great Northern Diver, six Red-throated Divers, c30 Manx Shearwaters (c20 in one flock) and also a Yellow Wagtail over the rocks. Freshwater observations included seven Dabchicks, 15 Canada Geese (including nine goslings), five Shelducks and c100 Black-headed Gulls at Newton Sandpit and c100 Herring Gulls at Drumoig (16th). Morton Lochs NNR held 12 Dabchicks, including four young, and 20 Coots including ten young. Two Little Egrets flew inland over Anstruther (17th). A Bonxie, 28 Manx Shearwaters and five Common Scoters were noted off Fife Ness whilst nearby towards Kilminning up to three Spotted Flycatchers, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Wheatear were reported. A Cuckoo was calling at Craigluscar Hill and a Hobby was seen flying strongly north-west at Balchrystie near Colinsburgh (18th). A single Lesser Whitethroat was at Wormiston and two were at Kilminning where there was also a male Whinchat, a Wood Warbler, two Garden Warblers and at least one Pied Flycatcher. A Cuckoo was heard calling at Craigmead (19th). Single Lesser Whitethroats were reported at Seafield Tower and at Wilderness where there were also six Black-tailed Godwits with two of this species at Angle Park GP whilst a Grasshopper Warbler appeared at Roome Bay (20th). A Water Rail was present at Letham Pools (21st)

A sighting of four Great Crested Grebes included two young birds at Mountcastle GP, where there was also a Green Woodpecker, then c40 Coots were noted at Angle Park GP (22nd). A Quail was heard just south of Kilmany, 43 Mute Swans were present at Edenside and a Parakeet sp. was seen flying around the Bogward area of St Andrews. A male Whinchat, a Raven and a Jay were noted at Glen Vale (23rd) then two Whinchats, a Jay and two Grey Partridges were seen there the following day (24th). A Red-legged Partridge was seen at Gauldry, a Grey Wagtail was noted at Burnside, Cupar and an Osprey flew north over Ardross Farm (25th). Two dark phase Arctic Skuas were in the bay at Pettycur Harbour then a report from Edenside included one Little Egret, c50 Mute Swans, five Canada Geese, an Osprey and  24 Black-tailed Godwits (28th) with the latter species numbering six at Wilderness where there were also six Pochard (29th). A Temminck’s Stint was at Valleyfield Lagoons (30th) and it loitered there the next day when the month was rounded off by observations at Edenside which included 55 Mute Swans, 12 Goosanders and two Ospreys (31st).

Information provided courtesy of Malcolm Ware and Graham Sparshott