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4 - APRIL 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:59 am

Angus Bird Sightings for APRIL 2010

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:18 pm

01/04/2010 Elliot 618388 across railway line from golf club,far end of golf course 1 male Wheatear

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Thursday 1st April 2010 - Osprey

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:21 pm

Date & Time: Thursday 1st April 2010
Species: Osprey
Details: My first Osprey of year flying East over Forfar at 11:25am today.

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April 1st. CHIFFCHAFF- OSPREY - CROSSBILLS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:10 pm

April 1st. 1500hrs. CHIFFCHAFF 1 OSPREY 1 CROSSBILLS 2

Seen at Montreathmont Forest Hide Area by Jon Cook and I - Chiffchaff was seen in Willows on Left hand side of track 150 yards short of hide location . Osprey was flyover , aslo displaying were Sparrow Hawk , Kestrel and Buzzard

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Postby DMKS » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:25 am

Chiffchaff at Tayock this morning.

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April 2nd. WHEATEARS - MAGPIES

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:40 pm

April 2nd. 1300hrs, WHEATEAR 3 A single Male , and a pair on breeding territory -- On Barry Buddon
" 1350 hrs. MAGPIE 2 Seen at Barry North and Barry South ( 1 at each area )

MAGPIES IN ANGUS - I WOULD BE PLEASED IF YOU COULD POST TO THE WEBSITE , or send to me direct , ANY MAGPIE SIGHTINGS YOU COME ACROSS IN ANGUS . IT WOULD APPEAR THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THIS SPECIES IN OUR COUNTY IN RECENT YEARS . WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS THE CASE -- YOUR REPORTED SIGHTINGS WILL BE OF GREAT HELP TO MONITOR THIS.
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Postby stevendoig » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:25 pm

RE MAGPIES.

Saw one that I normally see on Wednesday (If that makes sense.)

Hopeless at describing roads, but when you are at the bottom of the turn off to the Backwater, take the road more or less ahead of you (instead of the Glen Isla road), I generally see a magpie at the first corner.

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2nd April 2010 Black-tailed Godwit

Postby joncook » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:11 pm

c20 Black-tailed Godwit on the Lurgies at high tide this afternoon, several looking splendid in full breeding plumage.
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April 3rd. CHIFFCHAFF

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:24 pm

April 3rd. 10-30 a.m. CHIFFCHAFF 1 at Crombie Country Park -N.O. 525405 just 60yards up from car park on Right hand side going towards Ranger Centre.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:26 pm

04/04/2010 Condor West grid 616439 1st summer visitor Chiffchaff calling and seen, also in close by fir tree Goldcrest. Condor East grid 626430 1 nest in the rookery feeding young also first Treecreaper of the year, Lesser Black Back gull on nest copulating with partner

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Easter outing

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:57 pm

Went for a family easter picnic up Glen Doll today, very busy. Had our picnic out past Moulzie at the wooden brig. Red Deer, Ravens, Meadow pipits galore, curlew, spawning frogs in abundance despite the snow and best of all a superb Wheatear, first one for me this year.

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Glen Esk 4.4.10

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:13 pm

Osprey with fish at Loch Lee giving us a nice 'shake down' in flight, Wheatears displaying in usual loch side rocks, Ring Ouzels returning.

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Postby Allan Hall » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:52 pm

Roundyhill. The Brambling is still feeding in the garden after nearly a week. It has a ring on its left leg. Presumably its waiting for a tail wind!

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Postby barry shaw » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:19 pm

Saw my first housemartin today, at the bottom of berwick drive close to baldovie incinarator,spring is here finally.

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Postby KDO » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:54 pm

Tree Sparrows
Invergowrie Bay.
Pair, male calling, good views.

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April 5th. SWALLOW - GREYLAG GOOSE -OTTERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:46 pm

APRIL 5TH. 1300HRS. SWALLOW 1 At SWT BALGAVIES LOCH - N.O. 529509

APRIL 5TH. 130HRS. GREYLAG GOOSE still sitting on OSPREY'S EYRIE on "Cormorant Island " The Osprey attempted to move the intruder but to no avail ! this incident was photographed ! A Greylag Goose nesting on top of a Scots Pine ! This has to be the first of its kind , surely !? I am going to make enquiries .

April 5th. 1430 hrs. OTTERS 2 In left hand corner looking sharp Left from Hide.

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Postby Barry Farquharson » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:00 pm

April 5th

Wee run around the coast.
Monifieth - Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Sanderling.
Arbroath - Eider, Kestrel, Linnet, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher
Auchmithie - Puffin (just the one), Common Scoter (just 1 drake), Fulmar, Blackbird missing its whole tail, Gannet
Usan - Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Linnet, House Sparrow
Lurgies - Osprey, Red Breasted Merganser, Teal, Whooper Swan, Pink Footed Goose, Greylag

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Balgavies Loch: Great White Egret at 10.25 Wed April 7

Postby HarryB » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:16 am

Great White Egret at Balgavies Loch this morning (Wednesday)at 10.25.
Reported by warden there.
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Postby Ian Hay » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:25 pm

Great White Egret

An absolute stunner, flew in at about 9.40, tried fishing in a number of places upsetting the Mute Swans at one point, before flying high to the South East at 10.30. Also possible bean goose, although only possible as they are harder to identify than certain showy fish eaters!

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:36 pm

7th April. Sorry this is late but headman at Kingennie fishery, grid 478365 has been off sick so could not text me. Osprey was seen fishing there last Friday 2 April. Gayfield 640413 had my first Fulmar today 7th, Mergansers were busy off shore

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Postby burnie » Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:24 pm

Magpie near the church hall in Inverkeilor at 18.15 this evening.A friend also reports a Cuckoo on Easter Sunday on the outskirts of the village.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:59 am

07/04/2010Muirfield Place Arbroath. Last 4 weeks have been watching a crows nest which has been used for the past 2 years. this year 2 Woodies moved in but got chased away by the Crows, then the woodies came back and chased the crows off. This happened a few times, in the end the crows gave up and now the woodies are happy. the female is sitting in nest. Got picture off to Bob but for some unknown reason cannot get it on to the web

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Postby KDO » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:13 pm

07/04/2010 Craigowl, Sidlaws - Ravens - a pair displaying and calling.
Bridgefoot- numbers of Yellowhammer as usual here at this time of year.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:52 pm

08/04/2010 Walked part of new tetrad Elliot mouth to end of golf course. 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Shelduck swimming in flooded area, Starling on nest at green keepers' shed, quite a few Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Yellowhammer, pair Mute Swans, Pheasants calling from golf course, plenty of crows. Checked Gayfield and harbour for Sandwich Terns and Wheatear but as yet nothing

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8th April 2010 Great Egret, Bewicks Swan, Long-tailed Duck

Postby joncook » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:26 pm

Great White Egret on Rescobie 3pm at c NO 523516, viewable from lay-by on A932.
Bewick's Swan and 6 Whoopers found by SRG moved to centre of Balgavies Loch, below roadside viewpoint NO534507.
Male Long-tailed duck at east end of Balgavies.
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8th April 2010, Lintrathen

Postby Clive McKay » Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:39 pm

Greylags - 374 heading boldly >NW into the murk on the hills during the day
Whoopers - 27 >NW
Red Kite - 1 tagged bird >W at 18:30
Loch - Osprey, Chiffchaff

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April 8th - Balgavies

Postby Barry Farquharson » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:13 pm

Great White Egret flew in to roost on trees at Balgavies at dusk, as we headed back to the car. Fortunately we were in the open and looking in the right direction, otherwise we'd have missed it. Whoopers and Bewick Swan flew off westwards around 1830 just as we got there, so didn't quite manage a record shot. Pair of bullfinches, Reed Buntings, Long Tailed Tits all seen. At least 3 Water Rails heard. Very high pitched sounding Goose flew out with Greylags as the light was fading fast (sounded like the Bean Goose on RSPB webpage....so that may confirm the Bean Goose reported yesterday). A good evening's birding.
EDIT: Sand Martins around too.

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Postby Michael Morphy » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:20 am

Solitary swallow seen flying over Brechin-Montrose Road yesterday, 8 April.

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Woodpeckers & Tawny Owl

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:51 pm

Three Great Spotted Woodpeckers at my bird table this morning - 1 male & 2 female. A lot of chasing going on round the trees.


Tawny Owl (1) - perched in a tree by the North Lodge at Kinnaird Park around 9:15pm.

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Postby Ed Thomson » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:58 am

10th@11.00am today sandmartins 6 flying around the old bridgend sand quarry

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Postby Ed Thomson » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:01 pm

sorry folks forgot to say near the old glamis railway station re sandmartins

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Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:26 pm

Little gulls 30 or so at monikie cp. 1400hrs Saturday 10th April.
EDIT : later count of 36. Found by Bob McCurley at Denfind Pond early, then over to main pond where we got them hawking over the water, then they moved back to Denfind.
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Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:03 pm

10/04/2010 St vigeans638433 1 Chiff Chaff, letham Grange 632460 4 different locations Blackbirds carrying worms into undergrowth, Elliot 618388 3 Swallows, 2 Sandmartins,

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Postby burnie » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:37 pm

Superb day out,started at Kinnordy watching 2 male ospreys trying to impress a female sat on top of a tree.Usual wldfowl including shoveller,widgeon,goldeneye,mallard and tufties.
Then went on and up to Glen Clova and Doll,treated to approx 100 red deer stags coming over a hill top .Still no ptarmigan!!
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Various Migrants & others...

Postby Grant Balfour » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:58 pm

Best weather so far this year meant I was out most of the day.

Balgavies:
No sign of the Egret, but a walk round the loch produced two Willow Warblers. Greylay still on the Osprey's nest with one Osprey on the dead tree nearby, where, to add insult to injury, it got mobbed by several gulls.

Glen Esk:
About 15 Sand Martins at Haughend also Meadow Pipit. A walk up the path at Tarfside had Sand Martin (6), Redwing (1, possibly 2), Lapwing (8 pairs displaying at various times), Curlew, Song Thrush.

An evening walk along the old railway line at Farnell came up with a Common Sandpiper at the Pow Burn and a solitary Swallow flying east towards the Basin.

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10th April 2010 : Easthaven

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:14 pm

Easthaven between 1700 and 1900.
Two Wheatears along towards Hatton water treatment plant. 2 possible White Wagtails on beach. Meadow Pipits also along fields between railway line and beach.

(Forgot to mention the male Blackcap in the trees at the car park at Balgavies on Saturday morning).

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Postby Michael Morphy » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:52 pm

One Wheatear seen on headland north of Mains of Usan also solitary gannet flying north.

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Postby Nicola Main » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:44 pm

Just saw my first Swallow fly over the garden at about 14.30pm.

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April 12th. COMMON SANDPIPER - SLAVONIAN GREBE - LITTLE GUL

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:54 pm

April 12th. 9-15AM. LITTLE GULLS 14 On Monikie C/Park Island Pond

April 12th. 10-15a.m. COMMON SANDPIPER 1 On Murton wildlife Reserve Fotrfar ( This was my earliest ever Spring sighting )

April 12th. 1230pm. SLAVONIAN GREBE 1 In Lunan Bay from Redcastle Hide( found by/GrahaSmith )

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kinnordy

Postby Charles Rough » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:20 pm

1 marsh harrier at Kinnordy today plus 1 osprey carrying a fish,water rails heard from the Gullery Hide and 1 seen(not by me),1 pair of b-h gulls courtshipping plus redshanks mating on the bogbean,young rooks heard ,a stoat youngster chased a water vole into the water right in front of the gullery hide giving visitors a very unexpected view,
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