Stands of Sea Buckthorn in Archerfield estate and along the coast provide excellent food for an array of wintering birds, particularly thrushes such as fieldfare and redwing which can arrive in huge numbers from the continent to feed on these stocks. Their respective ‘chuckling’ and ‘seeep’ calls are commonly heard at this time of year. They descend to feed on shrubs including sea buckthorn also known as the ‘baked bean bush’, which is found in many areas along the coast.
A trip along the shoreline will reveal a range of wading birds which overwinter along the rocky coastline of the Firth of Forth. These include the characterful sanderling, oystercatcher and the brightly legged redshank. You may even spot a sparrowhawk darting out from cover in the search for prey.