Common Crane Sighted

Info for the birdwatchers among you.  There has been a juvenile Common Crane at Nigg on 14th and 15th November 2010.
CommonCraneatNiggThis morning it was in the fields at between the side road to Nigg and the Bishop’s Walk (NH 800 721) and then moved onto the mud flats in front of the RSPB hide (NH 805 730).  When it took to the air it was mobbed by crows and gulls.

Cranes are fairly unusual in Scotland; a few turn up each year, mostly Scandinavian birds migrating down the east coast.

However a few winter birds have appeared in recent years and may be young dispersing from the small breeding group in Norfolk.

Regards
David

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2 Responses to “Common Crane Sighted”

  1. David says:

    Further sighting, still at Nigg on 19th November 2010:

  2. Fri 19th November
    The common crane is still in the Nigg area, in the second field after the turning to Nigg Village on the B9175 @ NH 800 721 (it the field with the black bales in it!).

    I’ve popped by every morning on my way to work to see if the crane is still there, and it has been happily feeding in that field every day!

    Best wishes,
    Steph Elliott, RSPB Nigg Bay site manager

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