A much more productive month than February, but sunny days were still very few and far between. Luckily, I had a bit more free time this month and was able to take advantage of the few sunny spells whenever they occurred.
Early in the month I spent one sunny, but blisteringly cold, morning on the beach at Tynninghame looking for the Water Pipit that had been hanging around the area for about a week. Unfortunately there was no sign of it, but there were plenty of Rock Pipits to photograph.
At least half the flock appeared to be comprised of the Scandinavian subspecies littoralis. In worn winter plumage, the Scandinavian race tends to be greyer with a whiter background colour and sparser streaking on the underparts. Its supercillium is also slightly more distinct than nominate race Rock Pipits.
There were also a few Meadow Pipits on the beach.
Most of the month was rather cloudy, as you can see from the colour of the sky on the photo below...
Towards the end of the month a couple of Snow Buntings were showing extremely well along the sea wall at Musselburgh, and if you were lucky enough to get a long enough lull in the dog-walkers and joggers it was relatively easy to approach within 5-10m of them without disturbing their feeding.
A few Slavonian Grebes and Long-tailed Ducks were showing particularly close in to the sea wall on a couple of days...
Common species such as Eider and Mute Swan were also showing quite well.
There wasn't all that much of interest among the shorebirds this month, but a few Bar-tailed Godwits were quite close at the river mouth on the receding tide.
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