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3 - MARCH 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for MARCH 2012

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Whooper Swan

Postby Dave Adam » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:45 pm

Lovely sight over Brechin today, 45 Whoopers in a skein followed by one Mute - sound of wings fantastic. One Goshawk yesterday over Brechin.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:04 am

02/03/2012 Condor west 616439 Reports of Merlin with fresh blackbird kill

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby barry shaw » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:36 pm

Nice views of peregrines today in Dundee a lot of displaying and chupping going on.
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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby jhodson1 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:01 pm

had a magpie in my garden at Clayholes, Carnoustie. It attracted attention by its calls and then flew off towards the high school. First magpie I have seen in 18 months at Carnoustie.
throughout the winter I have had 13-20 tree sparrows per day coming into feeders,also in my garden.

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Raptors/Schedule 1 Species and Wind Farms

Postby joncook » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:42 pm

Several recent posts have emphasised the need to avoid revealing potential nesting sites of raptors and Schedule 1 species. However, with the increasing number of proposed wind turbine installations (see Dave Adam's post in General Discussion and Birding Diary Blogs), it is vital that nest sites and flyways are recorded so that wind farms are not built on them. The best way to do this is by recording your sightings on BirdTrack.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:15 am

Sun Mar 04 2012 Arbroath Gayfield 640413 3 Purple Sandpipers feeding on and among rocks with Turnstones

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Allan Hall » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:05 pm

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More migration news with an unusually large flock of 91 curlews this morning. There has also been a large flock (60+?) of siskins in the garden, 40 of which Chris managed to ring yesterday morning. Male scaup still at east end of Forfar Loch this morning.

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Bittern at Loch of Kinnordy

Postby Nicola Main » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:16 pm

Me and my boyfriend managed to get a great view of the Bittern from the Gullery Hide this afternoon from 15.30pm onwards. It was out in the open to the right of the pine tree with the nestbox on it.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:48 am

06/02/2012 Keptie pond Arbroath. The last green NHS ringed Cygnet has now left. That leaves one unringed Cygnet which is getting grief from the new partner of the resident Female. Was wondering why the pond was getting a lot of interest from Herons and Cormorants and found out why yesterday. Large shoals of fresh water fish moving around. Especially
Roach and Perch

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby iain buik » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:34 am

2 magpies involved in courtship display at BOC depot Dundee this morning, also Grt Spotted Woodpecker nearby

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:38 am

For the last week the wee road that runs through Restenneth Moss has been a good place for close Geese sightings. Mainly greylags but a few White Fronteds amongst them. A few other 'suspect' geese present , but I'm not very good!

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Buzzards

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:19 am

Had a sighting of eleven Buzzards in a newly ploughed field yesterday evening.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:44 am

May be of interest to some tonight....(from aura email alert Uk website)
AuroraWatch UK red alert, 2012-03-09 - most of uk

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:27 am

Green-winged Teal showing well this morning from both Gullery & East hides. At least 15 Gadwall on the loch as well as Shoveller, Wigeon, Teal, Goosander, Goldeneye, Tufted duck, Curlew and Whooper Swans.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:19 pm

Had a walk along the beach at Victoria Park at low tide, a lot of Turnstones amongst the Redshanks,Curlews and Oystercatchers. Good location for getting up close for photography

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Grey Wagtail - Powmouth

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:42 am

11-03-2012
Pair of Grey Wagtails on the River Southesk upstream from the old viaduct at Powmouth. First I've seen on the Southesk this year.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DK » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:13 pm

Just to save anyone else the time - following a report and some local rumors about several dead raptors turning up in a small area (popular with walkers) over the last couple of weeks I managed to visit the site today and found three birds all of which had suffered injuries consistant with collisions, most likely these were train strikes. No indication of anything suspicious.

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Forfar Loch Tues 13th March

Postby srgreen » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:14 pm

Juv/1st-winter Kumlien's Gull still present off the sailing club 5.20pm today, til at least 5.50pm, no other white-wingers tonight, SRG

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:48 am

A wee bit of catching up (apologies for the delay...been busy).

Saturday 10th March
A pair of Grey Wagtails chasing each other around on Dundonald Street, Dundee around 9am. By the small Cash and Carry shop and the Dens Road Market car park. No water anywhere in the vicinity. Will keep an eye out for these again around here.

A pair of Gadwall at Balmossie at 0935.

Pochard at Monikie at 11am.

Green Woodpecker at Crombie and a mixed flock of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare near the entrance to the park.

At least 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Pheasant which helped itself to the seed in the feeders at Montreathmont Forest. A pair of Siskins and a Yellowhammer also at the feeders. A single Crossbill overflew around halfway along the track to the hide. Green Woodpeckers also heard.

At least 6 Red Throated Divers plus Razorbill, Long Tailed Duck and Common Scoter in Lunan Bay.

Sunday 11th March

A Magpie on Dens Road, Dundee just down from the Dura Street circle. Have heard one previously just to the south of Arthurstone Terrace/Dens Road junction earlier in the year. They certainly seem to be establishing a presence in the city this year. Had two on the Hawkhill just behind the Al-Maktoum institute on 26th February and a single bird behind the council depot beside the Stack Leisure Park, Lochee a few days after. Two on a roof in Lammerton Terrace late last year also. Apparently quite a few around the industrial estate opposite Michelin too.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:47 pm

1st winter Kumlien's Gull at Sailing club end of Forfar Loch tonight at 6pm, no sign of other 'white gulls'.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Ogilvie » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:36 am

Tuesday 14.30 hrs Swallows (2) flying N.E on Aberlemno road 8Km from Brechin.

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Forfar Loch Thurs 15th March

Postby srgreen » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:06 pm

Juv/1st-winter Kumlien's Gull still present off the sailing club 6PM today, and an adult Iceland Gull at the east end of the loch around 6.30pm, SRG

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:50 pm

adult Iceland Gull at Kinnordy Loch from the swamp hide at 4.20pm. Stayed there for around an hour before flying off towards Lintrathen direction.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:11 pm

Loch Balgavies - 11am
Long tailed duck showing well. Apparently been there for a while. A few greylag geese floating around, along with loads of goldeneye (probably from Rescobie as the anglers were there), a pair of grey heron and some cormorants. The feeders were full of coal, blue and great tits, along with chaffinches and a robin.

Loch of Kinnordy - 1pm
Plenty of Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon and Whooper swans - mainly from the Swamp Hide as 'Truxor' was at the Gullery Hide. Also some shoveller and Tufted ducks too. Had a wren showing very well next to the East Hide. Also a flock of chaffinches and a treeper flying arouund. Heard a woodpecker and also had a red squirrel completely inside the nut feeder near the Gullery Hide.

Lunan Bay - 9am
Black headed and herring gulls. 2 great black backed gulls. No waders except for a single oystercatcher in the distance. At least 3 common scoter in close and several red-throated divers too. Had a flock of 20-30 swans flying northwards offshore too.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:01 pm

A minimum of 14 pairs of Gadwall on kinnordy loch at the swamp end this afternoon.

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Hooded Crow

Postby simonbusuttil » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:42 pm

A Hooded Crow from the SWT VC at Montrose Basin at 1600 today

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:42 pm

18 Mar 2012 Crudies Acres Farm 616415 My first Swallow moving NW

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:42 pm

Great Grey Shrike was showing well this afternoon as were several Green Woodpeckers. One landed in the tree above me as I was watching the Shrike.
Stopped briefly at Balgavies Loch on the way home and saw 9 Barnacle geese among the resident Greylag flock. apparently the greylag which was on the osprey nest has mysteriously disappeared! goose pie perhaps ??

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Montreathmont & Lurgies

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:00 am

White Tailed Eagle was seen for a few minutes "in Angus" yesterday. Seen by several club members members on the joint ADBC & SOC outing.
Great Grey Shrike also seen by all at Montreathmont.

Basin Lurgies had a Lesser Black-backed Gull & at least two Greenshank (one of which was colour ringed, but I didn't get a close enough look to ID it before it flew off).
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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Paul Allon » Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:19 pm

19th March, Montrose Basin 1200hrs. Hooded Crow showing well on ground from the Shelduck Hide. Black Swan seen grazing on the way to the Widgeon Hide & in flight on the way back.
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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:18 am

19/03/2012 Elliot 3 Gannets fishing close inshore along with 2 Guillemots. Juve Kititwake flying past moving north. Near Letham Grange saw Grey Heron sticks, it flew off into trees and lost sight of it

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Great Grey Shrike

Postby simonbusuttil » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:04 am

Present at 7 am this morning (Tuesday) - top of the long line of tall larches on opposite side of ride to hide

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:26 pm

21/03/2012 RM Condor.Cleaning nest boxes first put up last year and of the 11 erected 7 were successfully used. Crudies farm 616415 20 Whooper swans flew over moving north

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:21 pm

22/03/2011 For guidance the closed part of the A92 at Arbroath has now re-opened

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby jhodson1 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:54 pm

Thursday 22 March
Barry Buddon "pond" (just outside the range/Carnoustie side) - 1 chiffchaff singing, 2 little grebe calling/holding territory and displaying, 1 water rail seen at the edge of the phragmites and calling.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ken Grant » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:49 pm

Spotted GG Shrike for the first time today at Montreathmont :) Walked about 50yds past hide and saw it in the plantation on the opposite side from the hide about 75yds away.

Another first for me was the Green woodpecker , heard 3 calling at same time but first time i've actually seen one. Loads of siskins ,jays and GS woodpeckers too and a couple of goldfinches

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Bearded Tits

Postby Gordon Anderson » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:21 am

At least two individuals seen in reed beds at "an Angus location". This morning 23 March at 10.00hrs. Lifer for me.

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Re: MARCH 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DK » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:34 pm

Puffins x14, Auchmithie, Lud castle/Castlesea Bay.

Arriving in pairs between 11:00 and 15:00 today from the south east.

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Spring sprung

Postby srgreen » Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:24 pm

Sorry, late news, 2 Wheatears in Glen Prosen yesterday morning, Thurs 22nd March, SRG


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