2 - FEBRUARY 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Tues 14th Feb

Postby srgreen » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:12 pm

Drake Smew present again at Kinnordy mid-morning.
Forfar Loch - No sign the Kumlien's again tonight, only other white-wing interest was one adult Iceland Gull off the sailing club at 5.20pm, along with two male and one female Scaup. SRG

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:15 pm

15/02/2012 Easthaven 592362. Nice quiet walk, Grey Plover, Blackheaded Gull, Sanderling, Herring Gull, Red Shank, Great Blacked Gull, Oystercatcher, Red Shank, Curlew, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Pied Wagtail, Eider, Buzzard, Cormorants, Meadow Pipit, Tree Sparrow, Starling, Songthrush, Green Finch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Blue tit, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Dunlin, Shell Duck, Wigeon, Knot, Sky Lark, Grey Partridge, Weather helped

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:06 pm

Auchindorie Beech Strip.... 30 Brambling and 40+ Redwing.
Kinnordy Loch.... 63 Whooper Swans, 26 Mute Swans, 120 Lapwing, 5 Oystercatcher & a single Curlew.

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Forfar Loch Wed 15th Feb

Postby srgreen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:50 pm

Off the Sail club tonight from 5pm til dark - Juv/1st w Kumliens Gull still there, also 3 Iceland Gulls, one adult, one 2nd winter, and one juv/1st winter, SRG

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:17 pm

Male Smew showing well from the Gullery Hide at 4.30pm.
75 Whooper Swans came into the loch to roost at 5pm.

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Sat 17/18th Feb, Lintrathen

Postby Clive McKay » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:35 pm

Friday 17th Feb
My first inland Oycs (10) at Lintrathen. Also 55 Lapwings was an influx, and a male Pied Wag at the local farm was my first here this winter, although it may have just been keeping its head down.

Sat 18th Feb
Finally got onto the local flock of Greylags this morning - 1,200 birds in a tattie field near East Craigs (fairly distant), but only 20 Pinks with them - no Beans or White-fronts. Only one collared bird in the whole flock too.

Cheers

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:00 pm

19/02/2012 Balcathie on farmland approx 500 Wood Pigeons, on one tree, 30 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch and House Sparrows. KIngennie 478365 Kingfisher

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Kinnordy Loch

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:33 pm

Teal, Goldeneye, Goosander, Wigeon, Shoveller, Tufties & Drake Smew.
77 Whoopers came in to roost at 5pm with 8 Curlew.
Merlin hunting periodically over the reeds and back of loch. A Kestrel over the grass park and a sparrowhawk on the pathway.
7 Redwing feeding with a group of Bullfinches on path to swamp hide and at least 4 Treecreepers too.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:36 pm

Forfar Loch - 19 Feb

4pm - 1st winter Iceland gull at the west end - no gulls at the sailing club. Attached is a link to a photo, just in case my assessment is incorrect.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardbla ... hotostream

Also, a pair of Great Crested Grebes at the west end too.

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Forfar Loch Iceland

Postby srgreen » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:18 pm

Hi Richard, you're sort of correct, it is an "Iceland" type, but that's the juv/1st winter Kumlien's Gull thats been kicking about for a wee while now.
Couldnt get over there myself all weekend, though had an adult winter Med Gull down at Balmossie this evening, Sun 19th. Cheers, SRG

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Forfar Loch Mon 20th Feb

Postby srgreen » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:09 pm

Juv/1st w Kumliens Gull still there, off the Sailing club tonight from 4pm til 4.20pm, then it was at the east end from about 4.30pm til 4.45pm at least. Also one 2nd winter Iceland Gull at east end again. Earlier, around 2pm, there was one Greenland and six European White-fronted Geese in fields about a half mile to the east of the car park at Kinnordy, to the south of the road. SRG

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:31 pm

21/02/2012 Easthaven, 8 Teal along with a single Pink Footed Goose

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Tues 21st Feb

Postby srgreen » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:48 pm

Juv/1st w Kumliens Gull still Forfar Loch, off the Sailing club tonight from 5pm til 5.15pm at least. Also one adult Iceland Gull earlier at Kinalty Haughs pig farm, approx 3kms to north west of Glamis at noon. Drake Smew also still Kinnordy lunchtime, and still one Greenland and six European White-fronted Geese in fields about a half mile to the east of the car park at Kinnordy, to the south of the road. SRG

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:20 pm

22/02/2012 Condor East 626439 after the stormy winter where 2 small rookeries were destroyed with a loss of a total 33 nests, it is good to see the Rooks are busy rebuilding. To count 9 nests have been rebuilt and counting

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GREEN-WINGED TEAL

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:54 pm

Green-winged Teal from Gullery hide at noon. Also drake Smew present. Single Greenland White-fronted Goose and 7 European White-fronted Geese with Greylags in grass field on Balbrydie Farm to east of loch.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:21 pm

Kingfisher at Forfar Loch this afternoon.

Also a very funny bird at Murton. Camera playing up but hopefully get pics downloaded soon. It was pipit sized and its front was streaky like a pipit (though very vivid) However it had two yellow eye stripes and similar stripes running under its chin. - Any ideas?

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Forfar Loch Wed 22nd Feb

Postby srgreen » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:43 pm

Off the Sail club tonight - Juv/1st w Kumliens Gull still there, tho it flew to the east end around 5.30pm, and was seen there briefly around 5.55pm. There was also 3 Iceland Gulls, one adult and one juv/1st winter at the east end, and a 2nd winter off the sailing club, SRG

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DK » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:57 am

[quote="stevendoig"]
Also a very funny bird at Murton. Camera playing up but hopefully get pics downloaded soon. It was pipit sized and its front was streaky like a pipit (though very vivid) However it had two yellow eye stripes and similar stripes running under its chin. - Any ideas?[/quote]

There has been a sudden influx of Yellowhammers into the fields in the Arbirlot area (since monday) the birds are quite varied in markings/colouration.


Also my first summer plumage Razorbills of the year (x4) at Lud Castle, Arbroath/Auchmithie cliffs on tuesday.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Allan Hall » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:32 pm

Kinnordy this morning. A male green-winged teal in pools in front of Gullery hide till 11am at least.

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Long-tailed Duck Balgavies Thurs 3:00pm.

Postby Colin Black » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:30 am

Long-tailed Duck (drake) Balgavies Loch Thurs 3:00pm seen from the SWT hide. Grey Lag squatter is at it again, pair flew round the island one landed on the tree and stood on the nest for 10mins. Also Grey Heron gathering sticks.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:10 pm

24/12/2012 Mains of Kelly 595393 small pond 1/2 mile west. Mallards 70 male and female, Teal 11 male 4 female, Heron 6, Tufty 4 male 1 female, Redshank 1, Mute Swan juv, Buzzard overhead, Songthrush in hedgerow

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:48 pm

24/02/20112 Arbirlot Elliot water at road bridge 2 Dippers. 1with rings blue over white left leg and red over what looked like silver, collecting nesting material. Other had no rings but maybe the ringed ones mate. Have fowarded deats to appropriate people and awaiting reply.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby grahame » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:55 pm

24/02/2012 11.00 Red Kite at Angus Location.
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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:37 pm

Just a gentle reminder...

Note: Birds Welfare Comes First.
Any News Relating to Nest Sites of Schedule 1 Birds, Particularly Raptors, may be edited if need be. Please Don't Be Offended!
Common sense will be used to view each case individually.


P.S. Also note that it's sightings that are to be posted here and NOT comments aimed at putting others down or being "birdier than thou!"
These will be deleted and posting continually like this will result in a Forum Ban.
This forum aims to have a friendly atmosphere NOT a judgemental one. Thanks for your co-operation.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:45 pm

25/02/2012 Coming back on the Dipper Red/Metal and Blue/White. This is an adult female. She moves between Arbirlot Mill and Arbirlot bridge waterfall. She has been in company with 2 males Orange/Dark Green Red/Metal and Dark Green/Black Red/Metal. the waterfall is a traditional nesting sight for Dippers.

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Green-Winged Teal

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:51 pm

Green-winged Teal reappeared in front of the gullery Hide at around 4pm today. favours the small pool in the middle area of bogbean near the stump.
86 Whoopers came in at around 4.45pm to roost.
White-front geese are still present, either in front of the gullery hide or on the grass field East of the loch.
Other birds seen today were; Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk, Goosander, Shelduck, Goldeneye and a pair of Gadwall.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:07 pm

Started at Balgavies early afternoon,feeders busy with a lot of longtailed tits present plus Yellowhammer.Huge number of Cormorants on the island,if they take up residence I doubt we will see the Osprey,even the goose cleared off.Good numbers of goldeneyes,plus all the geese.
Moved to Montreathmont where jays,chaffinch,siskin,yellowhammer,pheasant,spotted woodpecker,wren,tits,heard crossbills on the way back to the car.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:12 pm

26/02/2012 Arbroath Gayfield 640413 first sighting of returning Less Blackback Gulls,2.

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Red Kite at Angus location

Postby grahame » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:36 pm

I cannot now see the wording of my original post but certainly no indication from the bird of breeding/nesting behaviour and no intention on my part to imply such.
But if this is a known nesting area I will keep my eyes open and mouth shut!

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:24 pm

Please dont take it personally Grahame. I do appreciate the post, just have to err on the side of caution. I'm sure you understand with the time of year.
I am happy with "Angus Location", "Angus Glen", "Angus Forest" etc... think they are sufficiently vague enough.
Thanks again everyone for just being careful. If in doubt, leave out...

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Starling Roost

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:38 pm

received an email as follows. Anyone any suggestions...?
am wondering if any of your group knows if there are any starling roosts in the Angus area?

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:00 am

2 Magpies in Hawkhill behind Al-Maktoum institute, Dundee at lunchtime today. Seen from a bus.

At Riverside Nature Park, my first 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls of the year and a rather confusing Curlew (looked relatively small alongside Redshanks - although quite long billed for a Whimbrel. A noticable eye-stripe and dark cap with, on a couple of photos, an apparent crown stripe. When it took off the outer wings also looked completely dark on the photo I managed to get). Didn't have scope with me so was reliant on trying to get decent views through binoculars and backing them up from photos. Was undecided but looking at photos tonight on the PC it appears most likely to be a Curlew with a faint crown stripe rather than a possible Whimbrel.

Other birds seen at the park included Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Black tailed Godwits, Redshank, Siskin, Bullfinch, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Blackbird, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Goldeneye, Mallard, Teal, Shelduck, Woodpigeon and Feral Pigeon.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Graham » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:41 am

RE Starlings

I have seen a large murmation of Starlings from the ASDA car park in Arbroath. Would suggest the roost may be in the Arbirlot area.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:59 pm

27/02/2012 Condor east 626430 found 70 Curlews on the airfield which is the biggest amount this winter

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Magpie

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:24 pm

Saw a solitary Magpie yesterday (26-02-2012) near Carcary Hill Wood. I can't recall seeing one before in the Carcary/Rossie Moor area in the last 10+ years.

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Starling roost

Postby Dave Adam » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:16 pm

There was one at Montrose, saw it a few years ago when birds were in thousands. Glaxo building roof congregation then they descend to the conifer trees that border Traill Drive.

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Wee video

Postby Dave Adam » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:25 pm

Thought I would share this video I took in January in Angus!
Let me know your thoughts - no, its not a quiz I know what they are.

http://youtu.be/d_BWUVZ_8qo

(Mark - feel free to edit. Cheers Dave)

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DK » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:07 pm

RE Starlings, I also see them feeding a lot on Elliot Links and beach between the tank traps and East Haven, I wouldnt be surprised if they roost at the Hatton Works or possibly the trees that line the burn that runs south from Hatton House. I dont think there many other options there for a roost site.

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Re: FEBRUARY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Nicola Main » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:13 pm

R.E Starlings. There's one at the western end of Montrose Basin. Park at the Old Pier car park and then near the start of the Lurgies walk they come in over the fields and then roost in the reedbed at the left hand side.

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Forfar Loch Mon 27th Feb

Postby srgreen » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:22 pm

Juv/1st w Kumlien's Gull still present off the sailing club around 5.50pm today, with a juv/1st winter Iceland Gull present around 30 mins earlier at the east end of the loch. SRG


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