Welcome to the Eden News for October. Summer is here! I knew placing Cuckoo as Bird of the Month last month would do it. Ok, it’s a beautiful spell of unseasonal weather with great swings in temperature and some heat haze, but it’s a welcome climate to head into October with.
The Autumn passage is in full swing and geese are now a sight in the blue skies above the reserve. It’s been a good month for wader build up and some nice records but generally quieter. Here are September’s highlights.
: Multiple Groups of 30-60 Greylag and Pinkfeet overflying from 24th. 34 Pinks on 25th. Canada geese present most of the month with 36 on 15th. 7 LB Brent on 17th was a nice spot.
: Offshore the Gannets have drifted off and early in the month Terns filled the view, although only 77 Sandwich Tern on a count carried out on 11th. 6 Twite and 5 Grey partdridge on 18th.
WeBS (Estuary Count)
: The estuary is filling well with waders and wildfowl. 122 Shelduck, 3 GC Grebe, 50 Wigeon and 40 Teal along with 17 Goosander and 235 Eider out on 11th 580 Oystercatcher, 134 Lapwing, 219 Knot, 10 Greenshank and 179 Redshank on the same day, Low numbers of Godwit with only 11 Bar-tailed present.
: A nice spot of 2 Kestrel on 18th.
Sightings are good this month. Little egret present all month with 4 there on 1st. 13 heron on 17th. 5 Pintail spotted from 24th. 2 Tufted duck on 12th and a single on 22nd. Around 15 Goosander present all month. Osprey numbers were good early in the month with 3 present on many days, last report of one on 18th. Sea Eagle present on 10 days with 2 present on 20th and 30th. A good month for Lapwing with 700 present on 26th. 50 Knot on 13th and 2 Ruff on 21st. Black tailed godwit numbers are slowly increasing with 16 present on 30th.A single Whimbrel on 12th. 2 Common Sandpiper on 11th. Kingfisher sightings increasing steadily from mid month. A Lesser Yellowlegs was reported on 12th however it was never re-reported.
The feeders are showing off GS Woodpecker, Tree sparrow, Goldfinch and a new arrival of Long tailed tit.
Winter may be on us soon, but not yet.
Bird of the Month
A stunning and highly distinctive wader. Known under many names such as Peewit and Green Plover, a bird rich in folklore, often associated with funerals and the devil, a bit unfair, probably due to its wonderful flight pattern and fingered wings. A very popular bird to watch, often one of the first waders many come to know.
The breeding population of Lapwing is in real decline and as often noted as a ‘farmland’ bird .The loss of habitat is a key reason. The reserve did have breeding Lapwing on the Goosepools area up until last year. This is a sad situation as they did not return this year either. The population of Lapwing swells on passage and overwinter and 700 were recorded on 26th September. A cracking bird.
Centre Car Park
The centre car park will be closed from November 23rd-14th January. This is to allow the pipes to be laid across the car park and park for the University biomass plant. Access to centre will still be available and the centre will be open however parking will need to be on the main street. The usual path route into the centre may be affected.
Guardbridge Main Road Closure
The second phase (February- April) after the park will be a total closure of the main street Guardbridge and single lane only over the bridge to St Andrews. This affects routes into and out of Guardbridge and will affect journey times, access routes and parking. Car parking for the centre will have to be the main street at present however the centre car park may be available.
Please be aware this will affect the Eden centre. Closure for access for security may have to happen, however the centre should be open up until Christmas. I will update as things progress, We will keep closure, if required, to a minimum.
Check Fife Coast and Countryside Trust Facebook page and website for up to date info. Call 07985 707593 and/or 01592 656080 for details of visit.
Please be patient and accept we will open the centre when we can and it is safe and practical to do so. Remember staff need to be able to get through to secure and service the centre.