Flanders Bird Update

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Flanders Moss NNR

With things warming up the bird community is changing constantly at Flanders so I thought I would give you a quick update.

There are still big groups of pink footed geese passing through and on Wednesday a group of fieldfares and redwings were on the edge of the moss: the last of our winter visitors heading north.

Hard on their heels are the summer migrants. My first willow warbler of the year was singing in the Flanders car park on Wednesday and later in the day a very smart wheatear was out on the moss. Snipe, lapwing and curlew are all back and starting to hold territories. Herds of meadow pipits are all over the moss and fields next to the access track all mooching their way north and of course the ospreys have arrived back in the area so if you are visiting keep an eye upwards. More summer migrants will be not far off and we expect to hear cuckoos in maybe another 10 days. So plenty to see. Good luck.

If you want to know more information about birding at Flanders, and the rest of Scotland as well, then there is a new downloadable app available from the Scottish Ornithological Club here. It is great and gives you really good tips of where to go and what to look out for, and its free to download!

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