12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

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12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:44 pm

Out of Angus Bird Sightings for JANUARY to DECEMBER 2012

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Andy Nicholson » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:14 am

Saw Sea Eagle flying west over strawberry fields west of Port Allen nr Errol. It was at about 30m above the field you could hear the wing beats and see the silohuette of the tag. Then its size was brought home when it was mobbed by a "wee" buzzard

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:46 pm

Great Grey Shrike at Raemoir Fishery, near Banchory....very obliging bird , we got to 50 metres and it sits on the wires...lot of fishermen there but access is no problem to birders. Has apparently been there since December. Stopped in there after Peterhead Harbour...lots of White-winged gulls in view...Iceland, Glaucous and a Kumliens at one point too.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:10 pm

Close to the Glen Shee ski centre,large numbers of Red Grouse and a Golden Eagle trying to catch one,plus Raven.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:38 pm

Spotted Redshank showing well from the Eden Estuary hide at Guardbridge this afternoon.

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Barn Owls on coast road between St Cyrus and Johnshaven.

Postby Gordon Anderson » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:26 am

Sunday 26th at 20.15hrs. Got excellent views of two different Barn Owls about one mile apart hunting the roadside verges. First one near the big lay-bye above Johnshaven and the second near the Den of Finella.

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ayrshire birding

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:59 pm

had a day birding with friends in Ayrshire.

Rosy Starling..Muirhead,Troon
Black Guillemot .....Troon
Nuthatch .... Rozelle park
Pectoral Sandpiper .....Dundonald camp
Ring-Necked Duck ..Broadwood Flash
Ring-Billed Gull .. Barassie, Troon

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:38 pm

Nice day out Gus! ;o)

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:22 pm

Cracking Short Eared Owl sat on a post then hunting near St Cyrus area.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:19 pm

Chiffchaff & Siberian Chiffchaff showing very well at Ross Plantation in Dalgety Bay. They favour the bottom end, near to the Boatyard.
well worth a visit there, really close views of waders as well.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:35 pm

A day birdwatching up the north-East coast produced Greater Yellowlegs & Bittern at Strathbeg, Great Northern Diver & Sandwich Tern at Rattray Head, Scaup at Forvie, Iceland Gulls at Peterhead and Purple Sandpipers at Aberdeen along with very showy Dolphins.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:28 am

Spent the last day of March up Glen Quaich,past Loch Freuchie over to Kenmore in Perthshire,the road was rather busy with cars,so you had to get away from the traffic to find the wildlife.Started and ended with 3 Red Kites over Amulree,large numbers of Greylags at the Loch,good numbers of Lapwings and a few Curlews displaying.Raven on a dead rabbit,Buzzards circling overhead.A dozen or more Red Grouse seen,but no Black Cocks(it was a bit late in the day).A hike over the hills on the Bolfracks Estate got me two fleeting glimpses of a Hen Capercaillie.5 Repoll in amongst some Chaffinchs and 2 Sand Martins,Common Lizard also seen.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:38 pm

Green Sandpiper at Angle Park Quarry today at 4pm.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:27 pm

2 Dotterel showing really well today at Carnbee in fife. In newly sown pea field above reservoir....can be watched easily from the road.
An extremely rare bird in fife i,m told.
Surf scoter amongst Scoter flock at Ruddon;s Point as well as a nice Black-throated Diver.
A very early start to the day took us down to Gilmourton in Clyde to see the Blue-Winged Teal which has been there all week....stunning Drake bird, well worth the trip.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:05 pm

2 black-throated divers, 2 red-throated divers and 3 sandwich terns at St. Cyrus beach 2.30pm today.

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23rd April 2012 Blue-winged Teal Levenmouth

Postby joncook » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:21 pm

Drake Blue-winged Teal on Levenmouth Pools this afternoon, viewed from the hide, map here:
http://www.lochlevenheritagetrail.co.uk/LLHT_map.pdf

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Swift

Postby Neil Young » Fri May 11, 2012 4:20 pm

First swift of the year for me today in Dunkeld.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun May 13, 2012 6:33 pm

Aberdeenshire today;
Ythan estuary...Greater Yellowlegs, King Eider, Little Tern, Osprey & 2 Avocets.
Collieston...2 Common Cranes
Strathbeg.... Wood Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat May 19, 2012 11:02 am

Killiecrankie......Soldier's Leap.
Loads of Wood Warblers there just now , most i,ve seen and easily seen as the leaves are not all out yet. Best views were from the car park !
Also had 3 male Pied Flycatchers showing well on the way down to the leap.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Mon May 28, 2012 9:37 pm

had a trip down to Torness power station in East Lothian today to see Yellow Wagtails. Had 3 birds on the fences near the plant. beautiful birds.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gail Clark » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:17 am

Hawfinch sighting 14th May 2012 in South Aberdeenshire

I realise I am a bit late in recording this, but I only registered with this site a few days ago and feel it might be note worthy.

I had a Hawfinch feeding on my bird table!! He hung about for a day or two then I never saw him again. He could have hung around longer but the leaves on the trees came out and I couldn't see anything in the trees anymore.

Sorry about the picture quality but I had to zoom in quite a lot. The bird was tricky to photography as it kept hiding behind the branches.
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321 Black-tailed Godwits at Starnafin Farm at Tower Pool Hid

Postby HarryB » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:49 pm

Received this message from RSPB Starnafin Farm today:
Tuesday 24/07/12
An incredible 321 Black tailed godwits on the Low Ground this afternoon.
(the area in front of the Tower Pool hide). This is the highest number
we have ever had on the reserve. The peak count previously was 110 in
July 2010. (I wouldn't be surprised if more drop in before the end of
the day)

Plus 41 Golden plover, 2 Greenshank, 8 Dunlin., 200+ lapwing. This
morning the curlew flock was a around 200, plus the odd whimbrel.
Per Vicky Anderson (Warden)
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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gail Clark » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:47 pm

Hi looking for some help here. Took this picture of what I think is a Willow Warbler but..... I am unsure!! Any advice or comments welcome!!

[attachment=0]Chifchaff IMG_ cr 0911.jpg[/attachment]

Was taken on the boundry of my garden in large Beech trees.
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Willow Warbler?

Postby joncook » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:22 am

Hi Gail, I would agree, looks like a Willow Warbler. The pale legs rule out Chiffchaff and the eye stripe rules out garden Warbler.
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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:07 pm

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler showing well at Kilminning in Fife. Down near the bottom park,near the old toilet blocks in a big group of rosehip bushes......it's pretty vocal and pops out from time to time.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:29 pm

2 Radde's Warblers, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Barred Warbler and Black Redstart at Kilminning & Balcomie today.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:16 pm

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Radde's Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher,Chiffchaff & female Merlin all at Kilminning today.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:17 pm

at least 3 Ring Ouzels in the cornyard at Pitnamoon Farm,Laurencekirk today at lunchtime......a bit wary but super views.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gail Clark » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:59 am

Waxwings.

Came across a flock of about 20 Waxwings while out walking on Monday 12th November.

Here are a few pics.
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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ken Grant » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:46 pm

flock of about 50-60 waxwngs in garden of first house past the cemetery on Perth side of Blairgowrie to Perth road , been there last couple of days

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ken Grant » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:42 pm

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Re: JAN to DEC 2012 OUT OF ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:36 pm

36 snow buntings at the Glenshee Ski Centre carpark this afternoon.


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