Sunday, April 21, 2019

πŸ“– #18/2019 ~ Black Redstart

☀️⛅️18C Friday 19th April 2019 ~ A Good Friday visit to Collieston, another interesting small harbour, which is now disused.

Collieston ~ The now disused harbour
The numerous sea caves in the nearby cliffs and small coves with shingle beaches provided ideal terrain for smugglers. In the late 18th century it was estimated by the Excise that up to 8000 gallons of foreign spirits were being illegally landed in the area every month. In 1798, the notorious village smuggler, Phillip Kennedy, was killed by a blow from an exciseman's cutlass. His grave and tombstone still stands in the village graveyard.

Black Redstart in the churchyard at Kirkton
It wasn't difficult to connect with the above Black Redstart, which was literally perched on the wall as we parked and a short while later sat up nicely for a photograph.