I think the habitat may favour Merlin but....
I am reading this thread with great interest, we are moving from the West Midlands to Fife in early December and can't wait to start birding what will be our new local patches.
Yes, that is what I'm thinking too. Also, lots of Skylark and Linnet in that area at the moment.
Let me know once you've moved , and I'll be happy to give you a tour of the best spots (Covid restrictions allowing). Where in Fife are you moving too?
Living in Burntisland and having a dog to walk, I visit Kinghorn Loch several times a week, so I regard it as falling within my patch too. I also used to be on the board of the Ecology Centre and still occasionally contribute nature-related stuff to their website (although not for a while).
My feeling is that yes, historic records should be included. It would be useful for your observations, along with
mine, should be reported to the Centre and to the Craigencalt Rural Community Trust. Maybe we could jointly draw up a list, at least, and preferably something a little more ambitious, e.g. a report on past and present bird-life on and around the loch. A couple of species not on your list which I've recorded there are Peregrine and Mediterranean Gull.
Thanks for linking to the Fife Bird Club article - mouth-watering to note that Long-eared Owls have bred nearby. I really must get out more in the evenings!