4 - APRIL 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Another Willow Warbler arrival

Postby HarryB » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:09 am

At last; a singing Willow Warbler in the car park at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre yesterday morning.(Monday 12/04/10)
New large screen TV viewing from new camera now installed out on Rossie Spit. Still having teething problems, but terrific views.
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Lost falconer's Harris Hawk (Dundee area)

Postby HarryB » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:52 am

Hi All,
Saw this message this morning and thought we birders would be the most likely to notice this bird.
I've reproduced the woman's request here and I think it could be considered relevant to our own interests, although I know a lot of us don't love falconers.

Have you seen our missing harris hawk? We have not long got her and have been training her. She was on her lead in the back garden and managed to get free. She has her ring on her foot and she has her leather strapes still on her legs. She went missing from our home in Lauderdale avenue, If anyone has seen her or comes across her in there garden can you please get in touch.
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13th April 2010 - Swallows at Bridge of Dun

Postby Grant Balfour » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:49 am

Five Swallows at Bridge of Dun about 8am.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:50 am

13/04/2010 doing tetrad NO64J at Boysack had Willow Warbler grid ref 632 489 in trees on Lunan water

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby darellberthon » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:40 pm

Tuesday 13th April

Male Marsh harrier at Balgarvies Loch..12.45pm to the left of the hide.

3 Ospreys at Kinnordy this afternoon...none from the local nest.

4 Crossbills at Lintrathen this afternoon

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby darellberthon » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:44 pm

13th April

Balgarvies...forgot to mention a Willow Warbler in front of hide. Chiff Chaffs at Crombie, Fofar, Monikie and Lintrathen today.

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April 13th. BLACKCAP - SWALLOW -SAND MARTINS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:19 pm

April 13th. 1300hrs. BLACKCAP Male 1 in Craig Mill Den , Carnoustie

April 13th. 1350hrs. SWALLOWS 2 In Craig Mill Den Carnoustie plus SAND MARTINS

Angus Council are in process of Upgrading Craig Mill Den just now , Resurfacing Path and installing a new Bridge , it is looking good , but access is limited at the moment till new bridge is installed , should be soon . Tread carefully .

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lunan bay

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:23 pm

was at the Redcastle hide late yesterday afternoon with my daughter, Alex. Single Slavonian grebe, single Red-throated diver, 15 - 20 L-T ducks, 2 puffins, several guillemots flying north and plenty of Gannets fairly far out. Saw another bird well out which I am sure was a Shearwater by the behaviour and colouring , would this be possible ?

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kinnordy loch -- european cranes

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:29 pm

4 cranes at Kinnordy Loch tonight, best viewed from swamp hide. Look settled, hopefully be still there in morning.Birds were first found by local couple Paul & Ethel Jessett, both fanatical Osprey watchers !

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Cranes at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy 15/04/10

Postby HarryB » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:31 am

4 Cranes at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy; Cranes are in field opposite Gullery Hide this morning.
This report from ADBC grapevine at 07.20 today Thursday 15 April.
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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:12 am

There were 3 summer plumage Slavonian Grebes at Lunan Bay yesterday (Wednesday).

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby mike.nicoll » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:46 am

1 Redstart singing at Dykeneuk,Glen Esk on 14/04/2010.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby darellberthon » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:24 pm

The Cranes were spooked this morning and took to the skies. They circled round to gain height and flew off eastwards. When Bob Mc arrived they decided to return and landed at the swamp end of the reserve. Thats where there were when i departed.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Allan Hall » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:52 pm

Cranes still showing well at Kinnordy at 16.00 this afternoon

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Postby gus guthrie » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:49 pm

CRANES STILL AT KINNORDY LOCH AT NIGHTFALL, BEST SEEN FROM SWAMP HIDE. OTHER SIGHTINGS THIS EVENING WERE REED BUNTING,WHOOPER SWAN,SNIPE,GADWALL,WATER RAIL, TAWNY OWL, SEVERAL OSPREY CATCHING FISH.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:21 pm

Kinnordy at mid day,no Cranes or Ospreys,3 Gadwall and lots of "springtime" activity including Redshank.
Popped into Balgavies to see the Goose sat on the old Osprey nest,plenty of Goldeneye,but no Egret.

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April 16th SLAVONIAN GREBES

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:16 pm

April 16th. 11-45a.m. SLAVONIAN GREBES 2 In breeding plumage , from ADBC Redcastle Hide at Lunan Bay

plus - LONGTAILED DUCKS 50 -- RED BREASTED MERGANSERS 21-- RED THROATED DIVERS 12-- GANNET 1

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Allan Hall » Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:19 pm

Roundyhill, Greenshank on flash flood pools this afternoon

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Four Cranes at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy Saturday 17/04/10

Postby HarryB » Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:15 am

Four Cranes are at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy again this morning (Saturday 17/04/10).
Reported by Stuart R Green this morning.
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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby darellberthon » Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:29 pm

Cranes departed Kinnordy at lunchtime, after being spooked by someone on the other side of the loch, trying to get a closer look!!!
Hopefully they might return later tonight.

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Cranes at Loch of Kinnordy

Postby Hannah Morton » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:36 pm

Apparently the cranes were back in the afternoon and see between about 3 & 5 pm.

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Cranes & Godwits

Postby Grant Balfour » Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:46 pm

The four Cranes were showing really well at Kinnordy. They reappeared about 2:30pm (Barry got some photos of them flying in), flew off after being disturbed by some walkers on the north side of the reserve, but returned after a few minutes. Still there when I left at 3:30pm. Best views were from the Swamp Hide as they were out in the open on one of the areas of bog bean to the north.

Montrose Basin - 7:00pm
Black Tailed Godwits (9) in breeding plumage. Greenshank (1).

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:08 pm

Saturday 17th April.

Started the day at Forfar Loch. Male Blackcap singing , Willow Warblers, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Swallow and Sand Martin out over the loch. Common Sandpiper to the north side of the boat club.

Over to Kinnordy, where we were treated to some great views of two Ospreys (one of which caught a Pike) and the 4 Cranes. Got a few decent flight shots of both.

Onto Backwater Reservoir, a pair of Mallard, Tufted Duck and Wigeon all seen from far car park. Meadow Pipit and Buzzard also seen.

Down to Lintrathen, lots of trees down along the path to the hide, including the big one by the bridge, wheich you have to get down on hands and knees to get past, and it has taken up a large section of bank with it. It has damaged the end of the bridge but it is possible to still get by to the hide. Great Crested Grebes, Goldeneye, Tufties, Mallards and Coot out on the loch. Swallows overhead, 6 Bullfinches in the trees and a lot of Goldcrests singing.

Dropped back in at Kinnordy but no sign of the Cranes. Swallows and Sand Martins had appeared while we were away and were feeding in front of the Gullery Hide.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:04 pm

18/04/2010 RM Condor west grid 616439 1st Oystercatcher on nest als Black seen going into bushes with beakful of worms

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Postby Alan Mowat » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:38 pm

Excellent day.
Went to Kinnordy, seen the cranes fly in at about 11.00am, then fly out again at about 11.30
Went over to Lunan bay saw a Slavonian grebe, pin tail and some divers.
Not certain, but thought we saw a sea eagle at Usan.
Finally saw my first swallow over our house and some bullfinches in the garden

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Four Cranes at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy Monday 19/04/10 at 09.0

Postby HarryB » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:13 am

Four Cranes are back at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy at 09.00 today (Monday 19/04/10)
In fields to south of reserve.
Report from Stuart R Green.
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Postby burnie » Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:44 pm

Grey Wagtail feeding in the Brothock Burn by the bus station in Arbroath at midday,lots of Skylarks on the wing on the walk from Arbroath to Inverkeilor,also seven Yellowhammers.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby John Paul Allon » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:42 pm

The four Cranes were still in the fields south of Kinnordy @ 1430 this afternoon and showing very well. We gave the info to two other birders just minutes later and by the time they got from the car park the Cranes had left, direction unknown.
John Paul.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:46 am

Would someone be kind enough to tell me the grid ref for the hide at Montreathmont Forest? Thanks.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:20 am

21/04/2010 Nicola hide at Montreathmont is grid 579537. Yesterday 20 April, Osprey was at Kingennie 478365 had a look round water rough so left and turned north.
Today 21st at Kingennie good morning 20+ Sand Martins (they nest nearby at quarry), 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins(both nest at Kingennie at club house, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Mute Swan (m), female is on golf course I think; nesting, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Mallard (M), 5 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Crows, 2 Hedge Sparrows, 1 Robin, 3 Blue tit, 4 very noisy Great tit, Woodys 14. 4 House sparrow, 2 Wren, 1 Moorhen, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Lesser Black Backs, 4 Herrings, 5 Blackbirds, Pair Reed Buntings, 7 Starlings, some carrying food away into buildings. Still no Sandwich Terns at Gayfield 640413

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21 April 2010 - Swallows

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:42 am

Counted 14 Swallows flying over Farnell last night, about 7:30pm.

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21st April 2010 Balgavies House Martins

Postby joncook » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:45 pm

2 House Martins at east end of Balgavies this morning my first of the season in Angus, also 8 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.
Greylag still sitting in Osprey's nest.

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21st April 2010 Buzzard / Sandpiper

Postby Grant Balfour » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:50 am

Dead Buzzard on roadside verge at NO 636 635 - probably a roadkill in the last 24 hours as it wasn't there the previous day.

Common Sandpiper (1) flying along the Southesk at River Street in Brechin about 7pm.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby John Paul Allon » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:51 pm

Christina & I came across a very odd Pheasant this afternoon at St Cyrus NNR. Silver gray upper parts, very rufus belly & red wattles. Not in any of my guide books & clearly an escapie from somewhwere. Can anyone put a name to it?

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Male Redstart at SWT Montrose Visitor Centre Thurs. 22/04/10

Postby HarryB » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:33 am

There was a male Redstart at SWT Montrose yesterday morning.
The bird hung about the feeders area and also the Blackthorn bushes near the dipping pond, feeding for aproximately 45 minutes, before disappearing.
That's a first record for inside the grounds of the visitor centre.
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24 april 2010 Covey black grouse and golden eagle

Postby barry shaw » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:28 pm

Up one of the Angus glens today stumbled upon a group of about 25 black grouse,further up the glen a juvenile golden eagle on the soar but it came in really close to get a great view.

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April 25th. SPRING MIGRANTS

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:41 pm

April 25th. 9am. to 1500 hrs. SANDWICH TERNs - COMMON TERN - SEDGE WARBLER - GRASSHOPPER WARBLER -
WHITETHROAT - BLACKCAP
LOCATION - SANDWICH TERNS - Seen at Auchmithie and Fishtown on coast going North - 1 at each site
" COMMON TERN 1 Seen from Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre
" GRASSHOPPER WARBLER heard singing in Reed Bed approaching Shelduck Hide ( By Karen )
" SEDGE WARBLER 1 Heard and seen in Red Bed approaching Shelduck Hide ( '' )
" WHITETHROAT 2 Seen in bush on Left hand side as you cross old railway embankment going to Shelduck hide -
Above sightings made by RSPB. members on Field Outing to Basin and Angus coast today .

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Postby Alex Rollo » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:05 pm

Cuckoo and Red Kite

Today, April 25th, I heard my first cuckoo of the year at Balintore. In Glen Quharity a red kite flew over then headed West.

Alex. Rollo

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Sunday April 25th

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:21 pm

Black Throated Diver, Gannets and Razorbills seen from Arbroath Cliffs late morning.
Grey Wagtail collecting nesting material, Linnet and Yellowhammer at Craigmill Den.
22 Goosander (only 2 Drakes), and a few Treecreepers at Loch of Kinnordy. Heard a distant Sedge Warbler and saw a flock of around 20 Golden Plover in the field opposite the Swamp Hide.

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Re: April 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:16 am

Saw my first House Martin this morning.


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