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7 - JULY 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for JULY 2010

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Boddin - 1st July

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:30 am

Spent an hour at Boddin Point. 7:30pm-8:30pm.
Lots of Eider & Guillemot. Gannets, Razorbills, Herring Gull, GBB Gull, BH Gull, etc....
Saw a GBB Gull swoop down and snatch a young Guillemot off the water. It then flew off to the cliffs south of Boddin, pursued by two Herring Gulls.
Young Rock Pipit on the old lime kilns.
More Rock Pipit and Linnet (inc juveniles) at the houses.
Kestrel near the railway.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby barry shaw » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:19 pm

hi there has anyone seen any white tailed sea eagle recently,no one seems to be reporing any sightings of them,i havent seen one in angus area for months now,could they be hidding from me lol.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:07 pm

The new batch have only just arrived from Norway,they won't be released for several weeks yet.

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3rd July Glen Lethnot/Lurgies/Auchmithie/Westhaven

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:46 pm

Took another trip up Glen Lethnot yesterday to try and improve on previous photographic efforts.
Similar species to previous visits, and a few new ones - Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo (x 2), Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat, Redstart (pair), Jay, Raven, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Wren, Coal Tit, Red Grouse, Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Willow Warbler. (A large number of these species also had young around).

From there we headed to the Lurgies for a brief look. Osprey, Shelduck, Lapwing, Greenshank (x 2), Redshank (x 1), Bar Tailed Godwit (x 1), Common Sandpiper (x 4), Grey Heron, Eider, Goosander, Wigeon, Common Tern, Canada Goose (x 1) swimming with Mute Swans.

From there we headed to Auchmithie where a single Corn Bunting was singing from the wires behind the football pitch. A Whitethroat was singing from the bush at the foot of the gulley. Puffin, Guillemot and Razorbill all offshore, plus Shag, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Herring Gull. Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Pheasant, Blue Tit and Kestrel all seen from the path down to beach.

Stopped at Westhaven where a family of Shelduck ( 2 adults and 11 youngsters) were just offshore, also a few Common Terns, 6 Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, Curlew and various gulls were seen.

In total managed 81 species throughout the day.

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Sunday 4th July : Arbroath

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:53 pm

Had a bit of a seawatch from the car at Victoria Park, Arbroath this afternoon. Plenty Gannets around, the odd Shag and Cormorant, a couple of (Red Throated?) Divers, lots of Guillemots and Razorbills. Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, Rock Pipit, Common Terns, Pied Wagtail, House Martin, Skylark all also seen.

Main highlights were 2 Manx Shearwaters which landed in with a group of gulls not too far offshore, before resuming their trip northwards (another 10 or so seen passing northbound throughout the afternoon), and a single Great Skua also northbound a little later.

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July 5th. WHATS ABOUT !

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:40 pm

July 5th. 9-45 a.m. MARSH HARRIER Imm. Male ---OSPREY 1 at Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve
July 5th. 10-45 am WHINCHATS 2 STONECHATS 4 RAVENS 5 BUZARD 2 KESTRELS 2 --SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS 2
GREY WAGTAIL 1 WILLOW WARBLERS 2 - all seen in Glen Calley / Prosen

July 5th. 1300hrs OSPREY 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER 1 GOLDENEYE Female 1 at Balgavies Loch SWT reserve

July 5th. 1220pm . COMMON SANDPIPER 1 Seen at Murton Reserve Forfar

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Common Sandpipers at Montrose Bsin

Postby K Hall » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:59 pm

16 Common Sandpipers today at Montrose Basin. Must be autumn already.

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grasshopper warbler

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:11 am

Grasshopper warbler at Kinnordy Loch , on way round to the Lily pond.Approx 50m from small stone bridge on right hand side.
Also juv. male Marsh Harrier, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Osprey & Water Rail.

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July 6th. BIRDS IN GLEN ESK

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:21 pm

July 6th 9-45am RED KITE - REDSTARTS - TREE PIPIT - SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS - COMMON SANDPIPER - DIPPER - GREY WAGTAIL - CUCKOO- REDPOLL - SISKIN - 8 CROSSBILLS - BUZZARD - WOODCOCK - GREAT SPOTTTED WOODPECKER - WHEATEARS - - ETC

ABOVE ALL SEEN BY 20 MEMBERS OF THE Angus and Dundee Bird Club on their club outing - 47 species seen in total
Also seen was the Chimney Sweeper Moth - my first for Angus !

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Lintrathen

Postby Brian&Carol » Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:13 pm

July 10. Five Ospreys fishing at Lintrathen this afternoon. One caught a fish and departed, another four visible at the same time. Most I have ever seen. Also 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swans with 6 cygnets, lesser black backed and common gulls, Oystercatchers, Coots, 1 Grey Heron.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:14 pm

After visiting Rossie Bog in Fife for the Pectoral Sandpiper that has been there since Thursday we headed back to Balmossie to see if there were any interesting waders around. Small group of Dunlins with one notably lighter coloured bird which turned out to be a juvenile. A small group of Golden Plovers also, in addition to Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers. 15 Goosanders just off the mouth of the burn too.

From Monifieth a large group of Gannets (at least 100 birds, probably many more) were fishing way out in the estuary off Tentsmuir Point, and a few Common Terns were seen closer in.

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COASTAL BIRDS /WADERS ON RETURN PASSAGE

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:54 pm

July 11th 11-30AM. WHIMBREL 1 GREENSHANK 3 DUNLIN 30 - BLACK TAILED GODWITS 10 COMMON SANDPIPER 15- OSPREY 1 ALL SEEN FROM THE LURGIES -- BRENT GOOSE 1 ( FROM CENTRE BY ANDY LOVE ) AT MONTROSE BASIN

JULY 11TH. 1400HRS. CARNOUSTIE BAY - LITTLE GULL 1 KNOT 6 BAR TAILED GODWIT 5 PLUS STRONG TERN PASSGE GOING SOUTH - PLUS 30 PLUS GANNETS

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black-throated diver

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:51 pm

single Black-Throated Diver this evening at 6pm on Backwater Dam at top end of loch, far side.
Cracking bird in summer plumage.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:49 pm

3 Common Sandpipers at Forfar Loch this morning. (At the Inch) First time I've ever seen them at this venue.

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JULY 13TH. WHIMBREL PASSAGE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:13 pm

JULY 13TH. 11AM WHIMBREL 3 Seen going South at East Haven - by Russell and Lesley

Return migration already !

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GLENSHEE

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:33 pm

TOOK ALEX TO GLENSHEE TODAY TO TRY FOR PTARMIGAN, A LIFER FOR HER. SHE TOOK ONE LOOK AT THE CHAIRLIFTS AND DECLARED SHE WAS WALKING UP !
GOT TO THE TOP OF THE CAIRNWELL ( THE HARD WAY, STRAIGHT UP ) AND ALMOST FELL OVER 14 PTARMIGAN. SAT AND ATE OUR BRIDIES WITH THE PTARMIGAN LESS THAN 50FT AWAY. WALKED OVER TO THE NEXT HILL AND FOUND A FAMILY OF 6 RING OUZEL , ANOTHER LIFE BIRD FOR ALEX.HAD REALLY GOOD VIEWS AS THEY WERE COMPLETELY UNAFRAID OF US. RETURNED BACK DOWN TO THE CENTRE CAR PARK AND FOUND A GROUP OF RED GROUSE NEXT TO THE ROAD , LESS THAN 30FT AWAY FROM US. A GREAT DAY OUT, SHE SHOULD SLEEP TONIGHT !

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:18 pm

Large flocks of long tailed tits,x4 common sandpiper, kingfisher,x4 dippers ,heron on the South Esk above Bridge of Dun.

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July 18th SCOTERS ARE BACK IN LUNANBAY

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:14 pm

July 18th 12 noon COMMON SCOTER 56 VELVET SCOTER 20 SANDWICH TERN 59 PUFFINS 5 GANNETS 40

Above Highlights seen during todays WEBS count at Lunan Bay by Bob ,Graham , and Gedorge .

July 18th 10am. KINGFISHERS 2 ( At Montrose Basin Old Pier ) plus 15 GREENSHANKS - 20 COMMON SANDPIPERS, 94 DUNLIN , 8 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , I OSPREY , and 1 WHIMBREL on the Lurgies .

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Spotted Flycatcher & Warblers

Postby Grant Balfour » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:26 pm

Sat 17th:
It took a while this year, but I've finally got signs of Spotted Flycatcher nesting at Kinnaird Park.

Sun 18th:
At the Lurgies at 5am(!) to watch a bird ringing session and find out what is involved. Very interesting.
Species were mostly Sedge Warbler & Willow Warbler, but also Reed Bunting, Grasshopper Warbler, Chaffinch and a male Blackbird.

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Kingfisher Newmill 19th July 6.25pm

Postby Roy Adamson » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:32 pm

A welcome return of at least one kingfisher, which flew into our kitchen window. After recovering on the balustrade, it took off up the burn.

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Arklay Street Area, Dundee 19/7/10

Postby Barry Farquharson » Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:34 pm

Slightly surprising sighting at 7am this morning of a small family group of Linnets (2 adults and 2 youngsters) at the junction of Clepington Street and Strathmore Street, just off Arklay Street in Dundee. Saw a single adult in the same area around a week and a half ago.

Sadly, also a Male Bullfinch killed when it flew into the large glass panels of the Ninewells bus stance this morning. A pair had been seen in the same area just last week.

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20th July - Jays at Montreathmont

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:52 am

A party of 8 Jays made an appearance for a few minutes at the Montreathmont hide yesterday evening.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:50 pm

21/07/2010 Elliot 618388 Uncommon visitors 2 Common Sandpipers, Juv Red-throated Diver fishing off shore. Know its late in the season but 1 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern which is 1st I have seen this year in this area. 15 Sandwich Terns mixture of juvs and adults. Some adults taking small fish/sandeels to juvs. Guillemots off shore fishing, Sedge still noisy and male Reed Buntings still calling

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Kingfisher Newmill 21st July 7.30am

Postby Roy Adamson » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:53 pm

Male kingfisher taking small fish from the Keilor burn, viewed from bedroom window

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:13 pm

Black Throated Diver at Loch Lee this morning. Very close in beside the graveyard.

Also, nearby very obvious family of Ring Ouzel.

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July 21st. GREAT SKUA -LUNAN BAY

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:54 pm

July 21st - 1440pm . GREAT SKUA (BONXIE ) 1 Seen in Lunan Bay from ADBC Redcastle Hide

Also present - 35 SANDWICH TERN - 15 COMMON TERN and 2 ARCTIC TERN - 2 RED THROATED DIVER - 40 GANNETS
1 DUNLIN - 3 CURLEWS - SWIFT 1 At Sea -

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Allan Hall » Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:06 am

Roundyhill. Green Sandpiper and 15 Crossbills present yesterday.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:23 pm

Evening walk along a small path from the back of Inverkeilor towards the sea.The gorse and broom are heavy with seeds,which in turn were heavy with seed eaters.Usual suspects plus corn bunting,chaffinch,yellowhammers and a large flock of tree sparrows at least 30 strong,I cannot remember when I last saw so many,chaffinch and even a white throat.Swifts,swallows,house martins over the cereal fields and a garden tiger moth.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:04 am

the ravens on lundie craggs have 2 juvs,the adults were flying with them tonight,a pair of kestrels with 5 juvs were using the thermals to practice hovering,other birds seen were 2 mistle thrushes and 5 juvs,1 jay and 1 juv,1 whitethoat,swallows,swifts,buzzards,2 lbb gulls,m pipit,dunnock,linnit chaffinch

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23rd July 2010 Whimbrel, Surf Scoter

Postby joncook » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:40 pm

Whimbrel, 1 opposite Shelduck hide on the Lurgies, Montrose Basin 12noon, also Kingfisher at Old Montrose harbour

Surf Scoter 1, Velvet Scoter 2+, with raft of 20 or so Common Scoter from ADBC hide Lunan Bay 2pm

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:38 pm

I've been working outside all day being harrased by the Arctic Terns nesting on the factory roof.I expected us to be a target and the gulls were another obvious target,I was surprised that a stupid wood pigeon that landed on a ventilation shaft would be attacked with such vigour.Also how do the terns scream so loadly with a beak full of fish?

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:25 pm

Trip to Forfar at lunch time , the skies seemed to be full of swifts,I can't remember seeing so many in one place.Lots of swallows in Inverkeilor too,seems this might have been a good breeding season.

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July 25th. SURF SCOTER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:07 pm

J uly 25th. 10a.m. SURF SCOTER Male In Lunan Bay still present - Viewed first from Dunes above public

car park looking Left toward Boddin Point --and then later from the ADBC Redcastle Hide straight out from Hide

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Postby John Paul Allon » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:47 pm

Monday 26th July. Great views of a Red Kite over St Cyrus beach at @ 1300 hrs. Flight was in a south westerly direction toward the North Esk so could be in Angus.
John Paul & Christina

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montreathmont wood

Postby gus guthrie » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:32 pm

Took the dog for a walk in montreathmont wood tonight at 7pm.
2 buzzard, 4 jay, 7 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green woodpecker, 1 crossbill, 1 woodcock, 15 swifts overhead and a peregrine.
Plenty small birds at the hide; coal tits, yellowhammer, siskins, great tits, chaffinch and a song thrush briefly.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby DK » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:00 pm

Red Kite at Three Mile Wood/Mains of Kelly this afternoon.

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July 27th CRAIG MILL DEN BIRDS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:41 pm

July 27th 12-30pm. 21 Species seen in Den over past 2 days. in CRAIG MILL DEN - Featuring Hi-Lights of -

BLACKCAP - Female - WHITETHROATS - WILLOW WARBLERS - DIPPERS - GREY WAGTAIL - TREE SPARROW - TREECREEPER - ETC.

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Re: July 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:40 am

28/07/2010 Elliot 618388 Meadow pippits busy taking food to nest (2nd brood), Sedge doing the same. More Terns now turning up 11 Arctic mix of adults and juvs, 13 Common mix again of adults and juvs. Large flock (28) Great black back's lying around on low tide beach, plent of Black Headed and Herring. Swallows and House Martins still feeding young at green keeper shed and club house. Cygnets now growing rapidly.

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Re: Kite

Postby DK » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:24 pm

I dont think there were any tags on the one I saw yesterday.

I got "too close" a view of it, I nearly cycled over it as it fed on roadkill in road long grass at the edge of the verge. It screamed and nearly head butted me in its attempt to escape. I have had plenty of close encounters when out rock climbing but this one very nearly couped me over.

It settled on a hawthorn hedge some considerable distance away with its back towards me following this and I have the "worst photograph in the world" of it, scrolling in on it to the point of pixelation does show a distinct white or very light patch on each wing but wheather they are tags cant bee seen.


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