bird news dodging on the grass and a nice eden centre
Short eared owl hunting on 12 .
The first month of 2013 fades away Open 9am-4pm
and winter arrived up north. Some Eden Centre: Up at the Centre were
cold snowy days affected Fife but the 3 Little grebe on 18 , 30 Canada Code available on 07985
reserve was largely snow free and geese on 3 , 3 LT duck on 26 , 707593
the mild and wet theme has returned. these along with up to 20 Goldeneye
The ground is wet everywhere and have been highly visible all month at Please record your visit
there are pools and burns where the centre. 2 White tailed eagle on and the birds spotted.
there never has been. Here is the posts out in the mudflats on 8
January’s highlights. and a Spotted redshank on 5 along Please ensure heaters are
with a Raven and a Glaucous off when leaving.
Geese numbers are building once gull...nice day. A cracking wee red
more with around 4000-7000 head Smew dropped in on 14 – 17 reserve news
Pinkfooted and some 50-200 Greylag always good to see. The feeders
on most nights roosts. These are have been buzzing with 7 Long tailed Volunteers: if you would
giving some spectacular morning tit on 7 , 3 Tree sparrow on 15 and like to come along and help
flights. The geese tend to return to 2 Brambling on 27 along with the restore the West Sands
roost after dark, so an early start is usual peanut gobblers! dunes, meet at Coach
recommended to see them. A healthy parking at 10am Feb 12 .
count of LB Brent were on the Thats nae a bad month at all!
estuary all month with 53 recorded on Eden Brewery: Some good
th Bird of the Month news after all the glum
economic stuff. Part of the
Goosepools and Earlshall: Fairly papermill has been taken
quiet over the north side, 13 Long over by Eden Brewery a
tailed duck, 2 Slavonian grebe and 1 micro brewery specialising
Velvet scoter offshore on the 7 , in real ale......Hurrah!!!
onshore were 3 Jays, a single
Goldcrest and 2 Crossbill. A Raven Guardbridge Inn: The Inn
and a Green woodpecker on Earlshall at Guardbridge is open for
muir on 31 . business again, under new
owners and a new
Estuary Count (WeBS): Out across momentum....watch this
the estuary on the 14 and 15 were space. You can get a coffee
222 Wigeon, 241 Shelduck, 28 or a pint if desired on your
Pintail, 127 Teal and 61 Mallard. 10 next visit!
Whooper and 10 RB Merganser too.
Better nubers of waders this month Mallard Nest Tubes: A
with 796 Grey plover, 258 Knot, 456 small pilot project is being
Smew (Red Head)
Bar-tailed godwit, 1033 Dunlin and 8 carried out on the Coble
Greenshank. Black tailed godwit This small, compact diving duck is Pools. Placing 2 nest tubes
numbers have been slow to pick up the female or juvenile, with its red for Mallard, this is being led
with only 74 on 15 , however 200 head and white cheek compared to by a local
were present on 31 . the almost all white male. Around 180 wildfowler/naturalist and if
birds winter in the UK annually and successful will be expanded
Leuchars Airfield: A single Raven
mainly the South of England, to support our ‘national’
spotted here on 5 , 12 Waxwings on duck. Please observe and
th th however some birds can show up
19 and 32 Fieldfares on 20 , nice to let us know if you see any
when there is bad weather around on
see showing up in the records. A nice action, please do not disturb
st the continent, it fits with this bird
disply by 5 Skylarks on 31 gave a the nests.
spotted mid month when the weather
hint of things to come.
was indeed wintery. The bird was
Coble Track: Due to be
spotted at other east coast sites and
Outhead: A single Stonechat and 9 th th upgraded soon....more info
th dropped in here 14 -17 Jan. Last
Grey partridge on 10 . Lots of th th to follow when confirmed.
turned up 5 -8 Mar 2012.
Oystercatchers noodling around dog
Ranald Strachan: Fife Coast and Countryside Trust: 07985 707593: Ranald.Strachan@fifecountryside.co.uk