Focus On: Birds and the Law

Birds and the Law The following is a summary of a presentation provided to Fife Bird Club members in March 2024. Refer to the respective acts for full details. Behaviour

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February 2024 Sightings

A Greenland White-fronted Goose, along with five Barnacle Geese nearby, were all near Pitlessie (1st), with a redhead Smew popping up at Angle Park GP also. A female Marsh Harrier,

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January 2024 Sightings

2024 started relatively mild, weather-wise and the 1st saw quite a few birds being reported. A Little Auk was close inshore at Fife Ness, also one Black Guillemot S and

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December 2023 Sightings

The first few days in December brought a few days of snow, but good birds were still seen. A Black Guillemot, one Red-necked Grebe and one Great Northern Diver were

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November 2023 Sightings

November started with a very welcome influx of Waxwings to the County, with most seeming to return to previous “regular” sites. Five were in a Cellardyke garden, c18 were at

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October 2023 Sightings

For many birders October is THE month in the autumn for migrant birds and always hope for a spell of easterly winds to bring these birds to the county, well

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September 2023 Sightings

September started with four Ruff, one Green Sandpiper, one Greenshank, one Common Sandpiper and a Snipe at Stenhouse Reservoir (1st), two Black Terns, two Arctic Skuas and 37 Manx Shearwaters

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August 2023 Sightings

August was a busy birding month and saw a good spread of interesting birds right across the county, with waders, raptors, passerines and seabirds all putting on a good show.

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July 2023 Sightings

July saw the beginnings of autumn migration, with returning waders and seabirds starting to appear. A Whimbrel and 11 Mediterranean Gulls were at East Wemyss on the 1st, two Quail

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June 2023 Sightings

On the 1st two Quail Dunino and a Wood Sandpiper was at Wilderness, with a Corn Bunting near Kinghorn Loch, an Osprey at Cameron Reservoir and nine Black-tailed Godwit at

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May 2023 Sightings

The Stejneger’s Scoter, two White-winged Scoter, and a pair of Surf Scoter remained at Lower Largo on the 1st, when a Wood Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover were at

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April 2023 Sightings

Continued signs of spring on the 1st when an Osprey flew over Dunfermline. On the same day, a Black Redstart and Hooded Crow were at Kenly Water, a Hawfinch was

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March 2023 Sightings

March began with a Black Guillemot, 8000 Razorbills, 2000 Guillemots and 36 Red-throated Divers passing Fife Ness and 30 Twite at Cocklemill Burn on the 1st . Seawatching at Fife

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FBC Annual Awards

Winners of the FBC annual awards were announced at the March Indoor Meeting and, for possibly the first time, the recipients of both awards were the same for two years

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February 2023 Sightings

The first sightings reported in February were two Marsh Harriers on the 1st at Newburgh then a Black Guillemot was at Fife Ness the next day. The 3rd was a

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Scope

Scope 130 for winter 2022/23 is now available to FBC members here. It includes a report on noteworthy species during 2022, articles on Black-winged Kite and a Fife ‘big bird

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January 2023 Sightings

The New Year began with a single Waxwing seen on roadside wires near Largoward, a Red-necked Grebe at Ruddons Point and two White-fronted Geese near Kilrenny. Early birds on the

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Fife Bird Site Guide

An electronic version of the Fife Bird Site Guide is now available to FBC members. For more information and the download link click here. 

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December 2022 Sightings

A slow start to the last month of the year with only six Snow Buntings seen at Out Head on the 1st. The female Ring-necked Duck was seen again at

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November 2022 Sightings

The month of November started with a late Swallow and a Great Northern Diver at Ferry Hills, with single Little Gull and Little Auk seen at Fife Ness on the

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October 2022 Sightings

One Sooty Shearwater and 30 Little Gulls were seen from Fife Ness on the 1st with a juvenile Black Tern seen on the Eden Estuary. A Spoonbill was reported from

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September 2022 Sightings

Two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas, c7 Sooty Shearwaters and 200 Manx Shearwaters at Fife Ness started the month off. At Fairmont, St Andrews a Pomarine Skua, two Little Gulls and 17

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August 2022 Sightings

The first count of Tree Pipits from Ferry Hills came on the first of the month when 48 were seen. 14 Little Egrets were at Guardbridge and nearby at Dairsie

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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

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June 2022 Sightings

A pair of Garganey put in a brief appearance at Kinghorn Loch on the 1st and a probable migrant Short-eared Owl was at Crail that day. Two Brent Geese were

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May 2022 Sightings

A Wood Sandpiper was again seen at Luthrie on the first day of May with the Ruff and 11 Black-tailed Godwits at Letham Pools that day. A Bonxie and six

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April 2022 Sightings

Garganey were still showing at St Andrews and Cameron Reservoir on the 1st with the pair and the drake respectively. 35 Golden Plover were counted on East Lomond, a Greenshank

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March 2022 Sightings

March began as February had ended with the Green-winged Teal and two Greenshanks still showing at The Wilderness and the potential first accepted record for Fife of Ross’s Goose seen

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Art Raffle for Ukraine

FBC member Leo du Feu has combined with fellow artists to set up an art raffle / prize draw in support of the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and invites you to

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February 2022 Sightings

Kinshaldy proved a popular place early in the month, with c20 Snow Buntings in the dunes, five Crossbills around the car park and 19 Stock Doves in fields N of

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2017 Fife Bird Report

The 2017 edition of the Fife Bird Report is now available in the Members Only section of the website. It has approximately 215 pages, including many excellent photographs by club

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January 2022 Sightings

Seen from Kinghorn (1st) were 62 Eiders E, 20W, four Common Scoters E, one Red-breasted Merganser W, two Little Gulls W and four Red-throated Divers W, two drake Pintail were

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December Sightings 2021

A male Merlin was seen at Plains Farm, Dunshalt (3rd), 16 Long-tailed Ducks, six Red-throated Divers, one Slavonian Grebe, one Great Crested Grebe and one Guillemot were off Out Head

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November Sightings 2021

A late juvenile Little Stint was seen at Edenside (1st), three adult Mediterranean Gulls were with the Black-headed Gull flock at Dysart, also two Red-throated Divers and c100 Redwings over

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October Sightings 2021

Two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel and a Wheatear were seen on Balcomie beach (1st), a Dipper was noted on the Keith Burn, Inverkeithing, 78 Red-breasted Mergansers

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Climate Change and the UK’s Birds

Following on from COP 26, members may wish to examine a timely report from the BTO which deals with the effect of climate change on our avifauna: https://www.bto.org/our-science/publications/research-reports/climate-change-and-uks-birds

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September 2021 Sightings

Three Wigeon E, one Bonxie W, one Common Scoter E, one Manx Shearwater E, one Sparrowhawk and one Grey Wagtail were all seen from Cellardyke (1st), an adult Hobby flew

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August 2021 Sightings

Counted passing Kinghorn (1st) were one Bonxie, 15 Common Scoters, 26 Puffins, 120 Guillemots, two Razorbills, 45 Kittiwakes, 70 Gannets, 15 Cormorants, 65 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Terns and four

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July 2021 Sightings

An adult Mediterranean Gull was at Out Head (1st), 10 Manx Shearwaters passed Cellardyke heading E, with 103 noted passing Fife Ness heading N, along with 53 Common Scoters passing

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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

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May 2021 Sightings

The first three House Martins were seen over the Harbour in Crail (1st), c65 Sandwich Terns and a White Wagtail were at Kingsbarns, five Whimbrels were in a field at

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Butterfly and Moth Identification

“Helping Hands for Butterflies” have two online workshops on Saturday 29th May and Sunday 6th June, both 10am – noon. These will cover butterfly identification, and recording butterflies using a

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April 2021 Sightings

April started bright and sunny, but with a cold wind. A Swallow was noted at Kilconquhar Loch (1st) with another along with eight Sand Martins noted at Gaddon Loch, two

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FBC Hides

As restrictions start to ease, the intention is to allow member access to our hides once again. Health and safety guidance and a new combination for the keypad will be

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March 2021 Sightings

After some hard weather during February, March started bright and sunny. Seven White-fronted Geese passed over Kilmany heading W (1st), the resident Glaucous Gull and Great Northern Diver were both

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February 2021Sightings

February started with two Ravens, two Kestrels and five Buzzards seen around the Lindores/Redmyre area (1st), a 1st winter Glaucous Gull, one Great Northern Diver and two Little Grebes were

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January 2021 Sightings

January came in with a blast of cold weather, which curtailed a lot of birding activity, however there were still plenty of good birds around to be seen. The two

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December 2020 Sightings

December started in much the same way as November had, quietly, but Fife’s fantastic autumn for rarities and scarce birds was to continue…. A Short-eared Owl was watched over Cocklemill

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November 2020 Sightings

After such a good month in October it was inevitable that November would be a lot quieter, as it proved in the early part of the month. One Jack Snipe,

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2016 Fife Bird Report

The 2016 edition of the Fife Bird Report is now available in the Members Only section of the website. It has approximately 220 pages, including many excellent photographs by club

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October 2020 Sightings

October carried over from September with the star bird continuing to be the Siberian Thrush (1st), always seen fleetingly at Kilminning, but with patience brief views could be had. A

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September 2020 Sightings

September got off to a good start with a good variety of waders around (1st), with one Green Sandpiper, six Ruff and eight Snipe at Wilderness, two Spotted Redshanks, one

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August 2020 Sightings

The opening day of the month was a busy one starting with a report from Kinghorn comprising 21 Common Scoters, two Goosanders, 24 Manx Shearwaters, two Whimbrels and one Arctic

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July 2020 Sightings

The month opened with a Bonxie circling over Anstruther (1st), a Crossbill flying over Crail (2nd) and a male Siskin visiting a Ladybank garden feeder (3rd). A Raven flew over

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June 2020 Sightings

The first day of the month saw single Cuckoos calling at East Lomond and Loch Fitty where there was also a Grasshopper Warbler and a Snipe overhead then a Whimbrel

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May 2020 Sightings

The month kicked off with a busy first day when seawatching produced two Shelducks, 48 Eiders, three Velvet Scoters, 45 Common Scoters, 14 Long-tailed Ducks, three Red-breasted Mergansers, one Red-throated

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April 2020 Sightings

The last of the Daily Garden Birdwatch reports from Dunfermline comprised one Lesser Black-backed Gull, three Herring Gulls, two Carrion Crows, four Woodpigeons, three House Sparrows, one Magpie and two

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Sightings March 2020

The month commenced with a Greenshank at St Andrews, a Norwegian ringed plus four unringed Scandinavian Rock Pipits on the shore at Cellardyke and seven Brent Geese seen from the

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FBC and the Coronavirus

All members are advised to follow the latest government advice about unnecessary travel, social distancing etc. so please avoid visiting our hides until further notice. Also please resist the temptation

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Eden Centre Closure

Please see below from Ranald Strachan: “Apologies to all but we will be closing the centre from 5pm on 13th March. This is potentially for up to 4 weeks however we will

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