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Seafield to Kinghorn (1 Viewer)


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During my forced three week hiatus away from the loch, I of course found changes when I returned yesterday. The most obvious change was the huge decrease in leaves on trees. On the bird front, things were a little quiet, but Tufted, Goldeneye and a Pochard were on the water, along with the regulars. A single juvenile Great Crested Grebe remains, and it has been joined by a fair few Little Grebe.
There was no sign of the Kingfisher that I saw before I left, but some good photos of it were taken by someone else when it appeared in front of the hide. Photos were also taken of a Water Rail that has moved into the scrub between the marsh and the loch, but there was work ongoing replacing the marsh wooden walkway when I arrived, so nothing was showing in that area due to the disturbance.
Winter thrush appear to have moved on, with only a single Redwing seen.
In regard to mammals, I found a Stoat that appeared out of, then disappeared into, the upturned roots of a large oak felled by last year's storms. A Grey Squirrel was also seen.


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Arriving at Seafield late this morning, it was obvious that I was going to have an uncomfortable session. There was a cold, blustery wind pushing white horses straight into Seafield area. The skies above were dark and increasingly threatening. It was not long before I was thinking of retreating to the relative shelter of the loch area, but I decided to push on as my opportunities to cover the coastal strip this November, were going to be very few due to other commitments.
I started building a list that had nothing out of the ordinary on it, and a fair bit of the ordinary missing from it. There was very little in the scrub, or at least very little showing, and it took over an hour to find a Robin. Very strangely, no House Sparrows were seen. It seemed that my highlight was going to be the single Rock Pipit found at the tower; the first I have found this winter.
I went as far as the stone dyke before turning back. Approaching the car park, my eye was drawn by a westwards heading Red-throated Diver, and then by a couple of black specks in the surf. With binoculars focused in, I found myself looking at a lifer. Two long sought after Little Auk were surfing in the waves, and were soon joined by a third bird.
So, once again, a bleak, seemingly unproductive session at Seafield, was turned on its head, in the blink of an eye, to become a memorable occasion, with the patch master list now registering its 160th species.

160. Little Auk


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During the week, I have seen single Little Auk on a couple of occasions. There have been reports of them up and down the Firth of Forth, so we must have had a substantial influx. Red-Throated Diver have also been noted, along with Common Scoter, and good numbers of Long-tailed Duck.
It is looking like a poor year for Rock Pipit. I've seen a single bird on two occasions; possibly the same bird. Usually, we have at least half a dozen or so making their presence known.

We have also been seeing Grey Seal pups turning up on the shoreline, as it is that time of year.

Yesterday, a male Kingfisher was found on the rocks south of the harbour.

At the loch, a male Pochard has been present, along with the more usual Tufted and Goldeneye ducks. The winter thrush have largely passed on, with only a single Redwing seen. A Siskin was seen at a loch side Alder, and a Kestrel gave good views near the allotments. On the other side of the main road, three Red-legged Partridge were again seen.


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