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18 - JUNE 2011 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:16 am

Angus Bird Sightings for JUNE 2011

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June 1st GANNETS - ARCTIC TERNS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:06 pm

June 1st 11am GANNETS 70O plus , in Monifieth Bay ( never seen so many in this area ) Big numbers were also in Lunan Bay on Tuesday and previous Saturday - 100 plus.

May 31st 1400hrs ARCTIC TERNS 80 Back at Glaxco Factory compound , no sign of Litle Terns

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Capercaillie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:43 pm

Sorry it is late but this was yesterday 31st May 2011

Glen Clova - driving through - oystercatcher, lapwing, red legged patridge (lots) siskin, chaffinch

Glen Doll to Broad Cairn - Cuckoo at Glen Doll car park, pair of bullfinch.
On walk - chaffinch, robin, snipe, blackbird, excellent views of Golden Eagle (grid reference available if required), common sandpiper on river margins, grey wagtail.
Lots of red grouse on tops some with young, wheatear and alot of mountain hare.

Cracking day and little wind for a change.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:24 pm

2/06/2011 off the bird theme. Found a family of Red Squirrels at Letham Grange running round a garden lovely sight. Condor 2 Fawnshave been born. Sad news is that it has been reported to me that Grey Squirrels have been seen in the Condor area. Only a small stronghold of Reds on camp so spent a few hours this morning looking for the Greys. If found they will be shot

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2nd JUNE 2011 Spotted Flycatcher, Craigmill Den

Postby joncook » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:02 pm

Spotted Flycatcher x1 in Craigmill Den 4.30pm today between the footbridge and the weir, though could not refind it on the way back 5.45ish.
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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:38 pm

Large number of Gannets feeding in Lunan Bay,closer in than I've seen them before,also thousands of stranded jelly fish.

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June 3rd. DIPPERS- ETC

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:02 pm

June 3rd. 12-30pm 2 DIPPERS - GARDEN WARBLER 1 WHITETHROATS 3 WILLOW WARBLER 2
No sign of Sprotted Fly'

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Spotted Flycatcher

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:19 pm

Forgot to post this sighting at the time & it was only the mention of the Spotted flycatcher at Craigmill that reminded me.

28th May at Kinnaird Park - Two Spotted Flycatcher in the same oak tree that they nested in last year. Hopefully they will still be there for the midweek outing on the 6th July.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:49 am

Female Red Breasted Merganser with seven new chicks on the South Esk near Brechin.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Bell » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:05 pm

Great crested Grebe.

Can anyone Inform me If the Great crested Grebe nests were a success on Forfar Loch this year ? I seen a couple of nests last month but was concerned,as they were close to the path and the bird came off the nest regularly,especially when dogs were around.I hope they done well.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:10 am

04/06/2011 Montrose basin good views of Osprey on branch directly looking from observatory windows. Moorhen has had 2 chicks on Condor in flooded area. This is the first record of Moorhen' s breeding on camp. Elliot strange sight of Red Admiral Butterflies hovering around the reed bed areas

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June 5th. MANX SHEARWATER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:33 pm

June 5th 11am OSPREYS 2 At Balgavies Loch on Dead Teee on Island

June 5th 1300hrs MANX SHEARWATERS 11 From Redcastle Hide Lunan Bay > N.

June 5th. 10am. GREAT WHITE EGRET 1 AT LOCH OF KINNORDY RSPB RESERVE
( Found by Gus Guthrie )

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:58 pm

Visited the Redhead sea bird colony this afternoon,plenty of activity,but numbers seemed down.Plenty of Fulmars,Kittiwakes and Guilliemots sat on nests,but not in the numbers I took pictures of a couple of years ago.
A few Puffins and a lot of Herring Gulls nesting,a lot more birds on the water.At least 3 dozen Gannets fishing within 30 metres of the shore,couldn't see what they were feeding on.

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June 5th - Crossbills

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:15 am

Crossbills (24) flew overhead on the walk road down to the hide. Also had six Goldfinch on the feeders at the hide.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:26 pm

6th June - Montrose Basin

2 osprey (there were 4 yesterday), one feeding in front of the wildlife centre - unfortunately in the middle of the basin though. At least 9 eider ducklings seen from the centre too. 2 sets of mallard ducklings too (a set of 2 and a set of 8).

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Upper Glen Esk

Postby Dave Adam » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:31 pm

Wigeon x 6 at Carlochy of Mark (Peregrine bothering one)
Cuckoo x 3
Mistle Thrush x 20 +
Ring Ouzel x 4
Golden Eagle x 1
Common Sandpiper x 2
Wheatear juv x 4
Raven and Carrion Crow heard.

Common Lizard (they seem to like steep, sheltered gullies fairly high up on the hills)
Quite cold on tops, everything seems quiet, no grouse showing - heard 1.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:10 pm

1st winter Glaucous Gull still roosting on spit at Yacht Club on Forfar Loch at noon.

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June 7th MANX SHEARWATERS -

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:58 pm

June 7th. 12-30pm. MANX SHEARWATERS 10 >N From East Haven

June 7th. 11am BLACKCAP male- WHITETHROATS, WILLOW WARBLER.-- HOUSE MARTINS 30
SEEN IN CRAIGMILL DEN - CARNOUSTIE

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Glen Esk and Monifieth Garden

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:47 pm

With a bit of advice from a fellow bird club member who came over to us in the car park, we had our first ever
sighting of a cuckoo - 3 actually. Thanks very much, had managed to miss them on the way up, they were on wires
just above Tarfside. Wonderful views.

Garden full of young birds, have had woodpigeons for sometime, then blackbirds, now bluetits and a family of
great tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, housesparrows and starlings. First young great spotted woodpecker at 5pm today,
having a drink. Pair of bullfinches on the sunflower hearts several times every day. All 7 bluetit eggs in the camera nestbox hatched
by Tuesday 31st May, and seemed to grow but all died on Saturday. Did not seem to be fed very often and certainly not caterpillars.
Been a lot of Buzzard activity in this area this Spring, up to four over The Dighty, Grange Road, Grangehill Drive area of Monifieth. Pursued by gulls and crows.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:20 am

09/06/2011 Sorry its late but for anyone going that way a White-throated Robin has been seen in Hartlepool, County Durham causing quite a stir

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Ogilvie » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:41 pm

June 9th. Peregrine over the Cathedral this morning.

20+ house sparrows using the feeders young great tits flourishing as are the coal tits.
Had Grey and Red Squirrel fighting on not feeder. Greys present in Brechin Castle grounds, although staff there are trying to eradicate them.

Cuckoos still present between The Retreat and Tarfside village.

Quail calling if field near Menmuir (no sighting)

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Hobby

Postby srgreen » Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:48 pm

There was a Hobby circling along the south shore of Forfar Loch at 4.45pm today for the best part of 5 minutes, as viewed from the sailing club. SRG

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Upper Glen Esk

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:33 pm

Wheatear juvs #30+ seems to be a good year for them
Peregrine at 2 locations
Osprey #1

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Alan Mowat » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:18 am

12/6/11 Female perigrine, flying up river just South of Gannochy bridge.
Never seen one eye to eye before.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:26 pm

i went to check on the ravens on lundie craggs today,the 2 adults were flying with 4 large juvs ,thats a good year for them

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Wednesday 15th June 2011 - Quail, Corn Bunting, Osprey

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:13 pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th June 2011 2:15pm
Species: Quail, Corn Bunting
Details: A Quail calling nice and loud near the road in the wheat field between Gilchorn and Cauldcots. Thats off the A92 Arbroath to Montrose Road.
It was calling just behind the bungalows located at 655 476.

MAP LOCATION: 'CLICK ME'
Corn Buntings in this area also. Earlier an Osprey at 1:15pm fishing at Balgavies.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:32 pm

Glen Esk - 15 June

A bit of rain/mist today. Saw a jay at the start of the road into the Glen, then in the car park were loads of tame chaffinches and a mistle thrush. Saw a spotted flycatcher near the start of the walk, then saw mistle thrushes, pheasant with 2 chicks, loads of wheatears (inc. juveniles), oystercatchers (inc. loads of chicks), a pair of willow warblers showing well, loads of meadow pipits, a tufted duck with ducklings at the far end of Loch Lee and ring ouzels. Also saw at least 3 redstarts, curlews and heard a cuckoo too.

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June 15th. VELVET SCOTER - SANDWICH TERNS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:17 pm

June 15th. 10am GADWALL 6 Adults plus 13 Ducklings - 2 LONGTAILED TITS JUVS. - all seen at Murton Reserve Forfar

June 15th. 11-15am GREEN WOODPECKER - GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER - SISKINS - JAY 1 - All seen at Montreathmont Forest Hide

June 15th. 12-15pm VELVET SCOTER 1 ( my first of year ) SANDWICH TERNS 3 KITTIWAKES 31
Seen from Redcastle Hide Lunan Bay

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:45 am

16/06/2011 Elliot Sedge warblers 2, taking food into poss nesting locations in two different areas

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June 16th QUAIL - CORN BUNTINGS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:48 pm

June 16th 12-20 QUAIL Calling at NO 655 476 Gilchorn- Cauldcots of A92 Arbroath - Montrose road,

Bird reported by Mark ( see his posting giving Map location illustration , I heard the Bird calling in exact spot indicated by Mark - Also 3 CORN BUNTINGS singing on overhead wires in same area .

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June 16th - Kingfisher

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:26 am

One Kingfisher seen about 1/2 mile upriver from Powmouth old viaduct.
It's only the second Kingfisher I've seen on the Southesk this year.

Other birds appear to be doing better as there were also juvenile Dipper & Common Sandpiper.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:44 am

at least 2 young Tawny Owls in the trees at the carpark of Kinnordy Loch last night, easily located by the noise !

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:34 pm

Visited the new Riverside Nature Park in Dundee this afternoon, despite the rain. Managed to see 34 species -
Dunnock (incl. a youngster), Feral Pigeon, Blackbird, Oystercatcher, Greenfinch, Mallard, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Whitethroat, Lapwing, Robin, Song Thrush, Linnet, Chaffinch (incl. family group), Jackdaw, Curlew (plus youngsters), Shelduck, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard, Skylark, Stock Dove (my first in Dundee - 5 or 6 birds present), Willow warbler, Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Starling, Mute Swan, Swift, Redshank, Carrion Crow and Yellowhammer. Reed Bunting was heard but not seen.

The area certainly has potential, and is worth a visit. However, the hide was already getting muddy underfoot despite the park only opening today, and there is a large rose bush partially blocking the views from the middle medium height slot. The lower slots (for kids) had an even worse view because of the bushes out front. It is almost impossible to view "the Lochan" from the path network, due to the thickness of the hedge between. A missed opportunity as this should be one of the best parts of the park for seeing birds. It can still be viewed from the path by the road though, so maybe worth checking before entering if you are on foot.

Good views can be had back into the bay (with the sun on the birds, rather than behind them, as previously) from further along the path. There are plenty bushes and small trees providing cover around the park. If the area becomes popular with dog-walkers then the lack of dog-poo bins may become an issue. Hopefully, the area is still a work-in-progress. A wader scrape (for when the tide is in) would be a worthwhile addition too. I'm hoping to visit the area fairly regularly after work, so it will be interesting to see how things work out over the next year or so.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:31 am

18/06/2011 RM Condor 1st fledged Buzzard on ground calling for parent for food

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June 19th KINGFISHER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:15 pm

June 19th . 11-45am KINGFISHER 1 On Island Pond Monikie Country Park ( My first this year ! )

June 19th 12-30pm CORN BUNTINGS 3 Singing on overhaed wires in Boghead Farm Area NO681463

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby jimcobb » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:01 pm

6 ravens today at Lundie Crags Jim Cobb

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:09 pm

19th June - Glen Lethnot.

An enjoyable day out in my favourite glen with Joan Farrell produced the following -
Mallard, Goosander(2), Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Common Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo(2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit (having a bath in a puddle allowing close views), Pied wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Redstart, Wheatear, Whinchat(2), Stonechat, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher(3), Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Linnet(3), Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Yellowhammer.

20th June - Riverside Nature Park, Dundee
Another wee stop off at this new local 'patch', in better weather this time provided a few nice surprises among the birds on show.
Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Osprey (high above Invergowrie Bay), Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Swift, Skylark, swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Linnet(8), Lesser redpoll(3), Goldfinch, Yellowhammer.

Incidentally picked up a few nice birds earlier in the day on a wee trip out to Errol/Port Allen. A female Marsh Harrier circled quite low over the bus at the eastern end of the main street in Longforgan (thankfully I was sat upstairs and spotted it), and a Corn Bunting was singing from an oak tree on Gas Brae on the outskirts of Errol. Sedge Warbler/Whitethroat/Chiffchaff/Blackcap/Willow Warbler all seen too.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Dave Adam » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:19 pm

Think I saw, ever so briefly, a Red Kite going over Brechin. Lost it in the chase.

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Re: JUNE 2011 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:50 am

First trip to Forfar Loch for ages.

Very overgrown as usual, and I'm out of practice.

Still found 36 species, lots of fledged youngsters especially crow, and two juvenile Magpies getting fed. Very bold they were as well!!

Round by the Turfbeg car park there were blackbirds, Song Thrush and a pair of Mistle Thrush all in a row! (Mistle thrush is a new summer record for me from this venue.!)

Very little wildfowl, only found one!! Tufted Duck.


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