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WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS 2012

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:47 pm

Wildlife Sightings for 2012

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Humpback whales

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:10 pm

Maybe a bit out of local range..but 2 Humpback Whales have been seen feeding over the last couple of days offshore at Balmadies Country Park, just north of Aberdeen. Worth keeping a look out down here as well for these great creatures.

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Postby richardblackburn » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:40 pm

14 Feb 2012

Guardbridge hide, Fife.
3 chinese geese on grassy outcrop opposite the hide. Also, Godwits, redshanks, shelduck, goldeneye, curlew in the water. On the feeders, blue, great, coal and long tailed tits, greenfinches and chaffinches.

Morton lochs, Fife
Female Smew, female scaup, mute swans, mallards, moorhens and teal. In the woods, blue, great, coal and long tailed tits, robins, and a goldcrest.

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Postby gus guthrie » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:28 pm

dog otter at Kinnordy Loch from 4.20 until after 5.20pm....very active at the Swamp hide area. ducks were surprisingly beligerent around him considering how he worked his way through the greylags earlier in the year.

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Postby DK » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:53 pm

Reports of otters, on the beach and in the sea at the mouths of both the Elliot and Penston Burns, Elliot Links/Beach.

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Postby stevendoig » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:14 am

Frogs back in my pond this morning.

Think thats early.

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Postby stevendoig » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:12 pm

2 Polecat at the quarries at Balmashanner, Forfar, this afternoon.

Very nice!

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Postby burnie » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:05 pm

Dog otter active at Balgavies mid afternoon,right in front of the hide.Also two Red Squirrels posing obligingly for this photographer.

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Postby Charles Rough » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:35 am

re otters i forgot to post last monday about the otters at kinnordy,2 otters came out the water and up onto land in front of the east hide,they sat for 4 mins preening each other,10 mins before this they were seen searching the islands in front of the gullery hide


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x87dy1i ... e=youtu.be

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Postby DK » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:31 pm

White-beaked Dolphin x 4 yesterday afternoon off Auchmithie - 1-1.5km east of Lud Castle in association with a small group of Gannets. Between 13:30-14:30, also Bottlenose Dolphin x 22 about 1km off-shore around the same time.

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Postby burnie » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:28 pm

Glen Esk today by Loch Lee, small ditches with water had lots of Newts(Smooth I think) with spawn,Common Lizard and first Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies.No Adders but a Slow Worm was seen.Lots of Toads.

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Postby stevendoig » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:41 pm

Terrapin sunning itself on a rock at Keptie Pond this afternoon.

Pics tae follow!

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Postby gus guthrie » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:06 pm

Otters being seen on a regular basis at Kinnordy Loch, had a female this morning and shortly after 3 of last years juvenilles were capering between the Gullery & East hides.
The gulls are good indicators if the Otters are around as they tend to gather together and mob them.

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Otter

Postby mark wood » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:20 pm

Seen an otter swimming up the swollen moss burn near kinnordy farm, presumably one of the young from kinnordy moving off to establish its own territory.

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26 July - Lunan - Dolphins & Minke

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:12 am

26 July 2012
At the Lunan Bay hide for a couple of hours in the morning. There were around 11 Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay, some of them quite close in. Also got a couple of sightings of a Minke Whale although this was very far out & I only saw it by chance as I was scanning the area for Shearwaters.

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Postby Ian Hay » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:42 pm

2 comma butterflies outside the rangers office at Forfar Loch today

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26th Aug - Comma Butterfly

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:50 pm

One Comma Butterfly was at Craig Pool (on the River Southesk at the north rnd of Kinnaird Park) on the morning of 26/08/2012.

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Postby DK » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 pm

Two Comma Butterflies on 08/09/12 in Montreathmont Moor at NO596535 and NO596542 - both on the long forest road/fire break thast runs north/south to the east of the "masts".

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Migrant moths (Rush Veneer)

Postby Hugh Bell » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:49 am

It's not just birds turning up on these winds just now, saw several migrant Rush Veneer moths @ the Radde's twich tday. Lunan Bay 18/10/12.

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Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:05 am

Simon B had a Hummingbird Hawk moth yesterday at Fishtown of Usan!

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Postby Hugh Bell » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:25 pm

Nice one, thanx Mark.

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Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:57 pm

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Postby Alex Shepherd » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:56 am

24/10/2102, 1300, Black Darter Dragonfly, Kinnordy at the Lily Pond.

I'm confident that this is a Black Darter which I was surprised to see so late in the year, it
was one of four sitting on the tree stumps to the north of the Lily Pond at Kinnordy.
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Postby DK » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:55 pm

Very nice photograph, male Black Darters tend to be hyperactive on anything other than dull and cool days so its not often you see good clear images of them in bright sunlight.

Also a good find, its worth recording that sighting if you have not already done so - as far as I know the last record for that 10km square (NO35) was in 2007.

The first half of this year was so cold, dull and wet that I did not see adult forms of dragonflies/damselflies at some of the breeding sites in Angus until the second week in August which is "normally" the halfway point of the season. That may be part of the reason there were still some individuals of the hardier species were still around last week. Some of them in very good condition like the one in your photo, usually the few that are left by mid-October have wings with ragged edges and chunks missing and discolouration on the body.

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Postby Nicola Main » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:59 am

Yesterday at Glamis Castle I saw what I think was a Mink in the Dean Water beside the bridge. It was swimming away from me but it was a very dark black colour and not that big. Also saw a couple of Red Squirrels and unfortunately a Grey Squirrel too.

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Riverside Nature Park - Fox

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:35 am

While at the Riverside Nature Park on the 29th I saw a fox crossing one of the paths a few feet in front of me.

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17/11/2012, Stoat Hunting

Postby Alex Shepherd » Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:51 pm

I should have posted this at the time, but better late than never. While circling round at the Lurgies at Montrose Basin to avoid scaring some birds I caught this Stoat chasing a rabbit which as they often do, it stopped and was attacked by the stoat. The stoat had a go at it's neck then retreated before going back a few times to make the kill. Just as I took the second of these photos a dog walker and large dog scared the stoat away from it's kill leaving a mortally wounded rabbit.
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