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17 - MAY 2011 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:23 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for MAY 2011

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Bell » Mon May 02, 2011 2:27 pm

Sorry for the late report but a trip of 19 Dotterel were on an unnamed Angus hill yesterday morning,accompanied by a single Golden Plover.Also 2 each of Marsh Harrier and Osprey at Kinnordy yesterday afternoon.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Mon May 02, 2011 4:38 pm

Had a wee wander from Balmossie to Barry Buddon, and a walk around the camp. Oystercatchers and Turnstones plus Great Black Backed and Lesser Black Backed Gull among the Herring Gulls. 2 Whimbrels on the outflow pipe at Monifieth, 3 Red Breasted Mergansers and a Grey Heron. A few Linnets also along the shore. Onto Barry Buddon, Sedge Warblers aplenty, Whitethroat and Willow Warblers. Skylarks, Sand Martin, Swallow, Buzzard, Coal Tit, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Long Tailed Tit, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer as well.

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Wood Warblers in Angus?

Postby Clive McKay » Tue May 03, 2011 8:29 am

Does anyone know of any locations where Wood Warblers have been recorded (breeding) in Angus? It seems strange that we don't have any.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Paul Allon » Tue May 03, 2011 2:26 pm

Grasshopper Warbler showing well while singing near the gate to the old motoX site on the Gourdon/Benholm railway track. Also present Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Lark, Pipit, Linnet, Swallow, Martin, Reed Bunting, Kestrel & lots of shorebirds near by.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue May 03, 2011 11:43 pm

Read a report on another forum of "2 Cranes at Kinnordy" seen today! Not seen on Birdguides or heard directly though! Not sure if it was put out on Birdline Scotland.
Worth keeping your eyes peeled if your in the area. Any news greatly appreciated....

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby delia todd » Wed May 04, 2011 11:38 am

Mark Caunt wrote:Read a report on another forum of "2 Cranes at Kinnordy" seen today! Not seen on Birdguides or heard directly though! Not sure if it was put out on Birdline Scotland.
Worth keeping your eyes peeled if your in the area. Any news greatly appreciated....


Hi Mark

As requested; I saw them yesterday - they flew across to the ploughed field. I sent Darell a text and when I looked back they'd disappeared.

A few minutes later I drove on to the carpark and there were people out looking in the field beside the road, but apparently they'd flown off in the Alyth direction.

D

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Wed May 04, 2011 9:55 pm

Loch of kinnordy this morning (4th May).

Swamp hide - Female mallard with 11 ducklings, mallards, redshank, greylag geese, reed buntings, shovellers, lesser black backed gulls, lapwings, crows, rooks, coots and a 2 osprey fly by.

Gullery hide - black headed gulls, oystercatchers, and a shoveller.

East hide - reed buntings, sedge warblers, shelduck, greylag geese and an osprey catching a fish and eating it on the post on the north east edge of the loch.

Willow warblers, chaffinches, great and blue tits, dunnocks, treecreeper on the path ways. Possibly a pair of wrens too.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gordon Linton » Thu May 05, 2011 9:54 pm

Montreathmont Forest, 3 Jays, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, usual Coal Tits, Chaffinch, Robin & also Pheasants eating from feeders. There was also 3 unsuccessful hunting attempts by a Male Sparrowhawk within 1 hour right in front of the hide.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri May 06, 2011 11:46 am

06 May 2011 Elliot very wet but quite a few Sedge now in, Reed Buntings, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, pair of Tufties on small lake, Sky Larks up and singing. Nearby mill pond Willow Warbler,Mute Swan on nest and female Mallard with 8 duclkings, lots of House Martins flying around trees

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Inland migrants Fri 6th May

Postby srgreen » Fri May 06, 2011 1:57 pm

Some rain at last appears to have helped drop a few birds in:
Murton GP - Wood Sandpiper in front of the Gladstone hide 1030hrs, with 2 Dunlin.
Forfar Loch - 1 swift over, a Dunlin on the spit, and a Tern sp. that flew off before I could even stop the car, commic-type, and looked more Arctic than not.
Cheers, SRG

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Bell » Fri May 06, 2011 10:55 pm

Sorry for going off topic,with this one but on Tuesday on BBC1 at 9pm,there is a programme called Fair Game,What Goes On In Scotlands Estates.

This is a programme made about the persection of Raptors on Shooting Estes.A Golden Eagle was found dead,poisoned on Glen Buchat Estate in Strathdon (Grampian) recently.

Just thought I would share this with members,as it should make Interesting,if not disturbing viewing for most.

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more wanderers...........

Postby srgreen » Sat May 07, 2011 2:13 pm

More rain, and more birds, Sat 7th May
Forfar Loch - Wood Sand showing well on the sailing club spit this morning, also a drake Common Scoter off there.
Linross - yet another Wood Sand, on the small flood pool approx 500m south east of Linross Farm, which is signposted off the main Kirriemuir to Glamis road, about 2 miles north of the latter, cheers, SRG

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Sat May 07, 2011 6:05 pm

Single Swift at Whitehills, Forfar this morning.

Up to ten Swift over Montrose High Street today.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat May 07, 2011 6:15 pm

2 Swifts high over Arklay Street, Dundee this morning.

Peregrine hunting over Invergowrie Bay at 4pm.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Nicola Main » Sun May 08, 2011 9:33 am

Saw my first Swift of the year yesterday during a rainstorm. Four days earlier than last year but in 2009 I saw my first on the 1st May.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gordon Anderson » Mon May 09, 2011 10:44 pm

6 Swifts seen this morning 11.30hrs above the Links Health Centre Montrose

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Nesting Blue Tit

Postby kendale » Tue May 10, 2011 9:41 am

Further to my April post re nesting bluetit in the garden, I have spent some facinating moments watching progress on the small camera in the nest box. She has been sitting on 9 eggs for the last week or so and the male has been popping in and out with food for her. Now waiting for the young to appear.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed May 11, 2011 1:29 pm

11/05/2011 doing tetrad NO64D this morning 27 species. At Leysmill grid 6007 4703 found Green Woodpecker calling, Garden Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Jackdaws nesting inside chimney pot on roof, Starlings very busy along with Blackbirds collecting food, lots of Swallows but no House Martins with the amount of buildings on the grid

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Peregrine

Postby Dave Adam » Wed May 11, 2011 5:27 pm

Remarked to my neighbour about the huge number of Feral Pigeons in Brechin and what we needed was a pair of Peregrines to thin them out- wishes came true with a raucous Peregrine despatching and processing a pigeon near Commerce Street. Plenty of suitable nest site steeples here - so who knows what might happen.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Ogilvie » Thu May 12, 2011 1:41 am

11th May Short eared owl seen quartering in Angus glen( for the second time this week) Also merlin, and kestral, but other raptors particularly buzzard very thin on the ground, none in upper glens. Glen Esk Cuckoo present calling and visible (7) golod spot for sightings between The Retreat and village both sides of the road, first sighting was 27th. Regarding comment re Peregrine in Brechin, has been infrequently sighted near Cathedral, and sitting on Round Tower.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 12, 2011 9:12 am

12/05/2011 Kirkton Industrial estate 626430 next to Condor, found on roof 8 Herring and 3 Lesser Black Back gulls all sitting on nest at the same time as 5 Oyester Catchers on Condor. The larder is being prepared

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Nesting Blue Tit Progress

Postby kendale » Thu May 12, 2011 10:55 am

I am pleased to announce the birth of the first young in our nest box in the garden. We are now watching the male coming into the nest with food which the female is giving to the young. No proper views of the young yet as they seem to be quite deep in the nest but we can hear them chirping. It was interesting to see the mother removing the egg shells from the nest but before doing so she seemed to be having a nibble at it.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 12, 2011 11:47 am

12/05/2011 Arbroath first returning Swifts,14, screeing above town centre

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat May 14, 2011 7:08 pm

Glendoll today.
3 raven, plenty wheatear & meadow pipits, 1 male peregrine, red grouse aplenty, 8 ptarmigan, 1 ring ouzel and worth the hike.. 3 dotterel at Fafernie.Was less than 30ft from these amazing birds. 5 golden plover nearby too.
After visiting stracathro hospital headed up to Glen Esk and Loch Lee. Had 2 cuckoo, 7 common sandpiper and 9 ring ouzel at Loch Lee. finished with a beautiful male redstart coming back down the glen.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sun May 15, 2011 6:57 pm

I too had a wander up Glen Esk,got the Redstart,heard the Ring Ouzel,but couldn't spot them and also had a couple of Curlews below the dam.Wheatear were everywhere as were Sand Martins and House Martins,plus four Buzzards.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Tue May 17, 2011 9:31 pm

Apologies for the slightly belated report. Took a wee run up Glen Lethnot on Sunday 15th with Steph Cowie, and as always my favourite glen didn't fail to deliver. We saw 46 species in total from the time we left Edzell.
A pair of Wigeon were with the Mallards at the pool just as you turn into the Glen. Had our first Cuckoo on the wires not too far in, and another was seen further on - others could be heard too. Quite a few Ravens around. 2 pairs of Whinchat, a cracking Male Redstart, (and also an immature male), a male Stonechat, Spotted Flycatcher, lots of Mistle Thrush, a rather nice Jay, Red and Black Grouse, Red Legged Partridge and Pheasant, Ring Ouzel singing in the rain near the car park at the end of the road. Snipe and lapwings displaying. Young Oystercatchers, Lapwings and Curlews and 3 species of raptor. Wheatears and Meadow Pipits, plus a couple of Common Sandpiper, numerous Woodpigeon, Chafffinch and Willow Warblers. Didn't see any Tree Pipits - will just have to get back to try again for those.

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Grasshopper Garden tick

Postby Clive McKay » Tue May 17, 2011 10:01 pm

Surprise garden tick (audible from my kitchen) at Kilry today in the form of a singing Grasshopper Warbler in the neighbour's field. Presumably a migrant as habitat not ideal.

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May18th TEMMINCKS STINT

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed May 18, 2011 5:53 pm

May 18th 11am. TEMMINCKS STINT 1

Seen at Murton Wildlife Reserve Forfar, by members of the Angus and Dundee Bird Club on their Mid-week May outing to the Reserve . Also present , Sedge - Willow . and Garden Warbler , Whitethroat --42 Species seen in total -- A Great day out -

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May 17th - Glen Esk

Postby Grant Balfour » Thu May 19, 2011 10:42 am

Had a walk through the woods from the car park and up by the side of Loch Lee on the 17th.

Ring Ouzel - 9. Some almost at the roadside, others only heard up in the crags.
Wheatear - 16.
Cuckoo (1 calling).
Twite (colour ringed)
Whinchat (2 pairs)

Also:
Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Great Tit, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Red Grouse, Wigeon, Lapwing, Snipe, Stonechat, Buzzard, Robin, Jackdaw, Snipe.

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 19, 2011 5:16 pm

19/05/2011 Kingennie fishery grid 479365 had a walk round Willow Warblers, Black Cap, Swallows, House Sparrows, Hedge Sparrows, Starlings, chaffinch, Crows, Sedge Warblers, Pied Wagtails, Black Birds, Wrens, Wood Pigeons , Blue tits, Moorhen protecting her nest, House Martins, Gold finch, Mallard with 7 ducklings, Reed Buntings, Oyster Catcher, Mute Swans not nesting this year, Song Thrush, Yellow Hammers. No sign of Sand Martins that normally nest at nearby quarry.

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May 20th WOOD SANDPIPER

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri May 20, 2011 5:39 pm

May 20th 12 Noon WOOD SANDPIPER 1 Present at Murton Wildlife Reserve - Forfar NO493512
Seen from the Stewart Hide - Uncommon Passage Migrant -

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Fri May 20, 2011 10:29 pm

Had the evening on the South Esk near Brechin,Kingfisher,Common Sandpiper,Osprey,Swifts in numbers I've not seen in Scotland before(dozens),Dipper,Swallow,Sand Martins nesting in the river bank,House Martins,foot prints from an Otter(still not seen one yet)and array of flowers that reminded me of my childhood,not seen so many in forty years.

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21 May 2011 - Swifts & Wood Sandpiper

Postby Grant Balfour » Sat May 21, 2011 8:19 pm

Lots of Swifts (20+) over Loch of Balgavies this morning.

Wood Sandpiper (1) still at Murton - seen from both the Stewart & Gladstone hides.

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May 22nd. RED KITE ETC.

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun May 22, 2011 3:13 pm

May 22nd. 11am. RED KITE 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS 3 CUCKOOS 2 BLACK GROUSE 7 RED GROUSE 5 ------- SHORT EARED OWL 1 - DIPPER 1 GREY WAGTAIL 1 WHINCHAT 1 RAVEN 2 REDSTART 2
A GREAT DAY OUT IN GLEN LETHNOT

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Grasshopper Warbler

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed May 25, 2011 12:36 pm

Heard a Grasshopper Warbler this morning near West Mains of Hedderwick (just to the west of Hillside).

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Last chance Atlas

Postby Clive McKay » Wed May 25, 2011 9:49 pm

Dear all

Just a wee reminder that this is the last breeding season of the Atlas. The focus for action this summer is to try and get breeding status confirmed for each 10 km square - birds on nests, carryign food, fledglings etc. The BTO Atlas website allows you to see a complete list for each 10 km sq, and highlights those that still need confirmation. Here are a few examples of missing species:

NO75 MONTROSE - Sparrowhawk, Spotted Fly, Skylark, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove

NO64 ARBROATH to LUNAN BAY - Ringed Plover, Tawny Owl, Swift, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher,

NO53 - MONIFEITH to CARNOUSTIE/EAST HAVEN and MONIKIE - Great Crested Grebe, Ringed Plover, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, GSWoodpecker, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Spotted Fly, Coal Tit, Lesser Redpoll

I'm sure some of you will already know of instances of confirmed breeding for some of these species/squares. If you do, please add your records to the Atlas on line - don't assume someone else will do it - however obvious the species!

Also please do make an effort this year to check out the web site to find out where the gaps are in your local area and spend an extra couple of minutes watching the less obvious species such as Spotted Fly to see whether you can see them carrying food or what ever. Let's make sure that Angus doesn't have too many gaps when the new atlas is published.

Good luck

Clive

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 26, 2011 12:04 pm

26 May 2011 Montreamont forest hide. Took some food up there this morning. Path to hide is blocked by fallen trees so cars cannot get up there. seed feeders missing due to high winds. Species, Great Spotted Woodpecker very agitated by my present making heck of racket and flying about a lot of noise. Could have nest nearby. Greenwoodpecker, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Woodies, Blackbird,and by the small hide found 1Woodcock. Checked for nest but found nothing. Need some peanuts for feeders could not get them yesterday.

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MKay 25th WOOD SANDPIPER

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu May 26, 2011 5:45 pm

May 25th. ( Wed. ) 3pm WOOD SANDPIPER 1 DUNLIN 1 Seen at /Murton Wild life Reserve yesterday by Gerry McGhee from both Stewart and Gladstone Hides

May 26th. (THURS) 1400hrs. GOOSEANDERS 16 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS 2 SEEN IN MONIEFIETH BAY OPPOSITE SEA VIEW CARAVAN SITE

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Re: May 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri May 27, 2011 12:37 pm

27/05/2011 Elliot NO618388 Swallows very active in greenkeepers shed, House Martins collecting mud for nests at club house, 1st Whitethroat in, Meadow Pippit taking food into vegetation, Gannet diving off shore, 2 Common Sandpipers on Elliot water very interested in overhanging bank


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