5 - MAY 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Wed May 16, 2012 11:55 pm

Glen Esk - 16 May

In between the hail showers, there were loads of adult and juvenile mistle and song thrushes. Several common sandpipers, oystercatchers and meadow pipits. Also saw 4 ring ouzels (1 had rings) in a field next to teh cemetry at Loch Lee, along with 2 wheatear. Sand martins, house martins and swallows flying around, loads of warblers and 2 redstarts seen too. Loads of chaffinches (esp. in car park and are v. friendly), 1 dipper flying down river, a grey wagtail, a lapwing and a few pied wagtails.

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Thurs 17th May 2012

Postby srgreen » Thu May 17, 2012 2:00 pm

Purple Sandpiper on the spit at Forfar Loch early doors this morning, the only new wader in, and possibly a loch first.
Padanaram - 2nd winter/summer Iceland gull on flood in te field on the north side of main road through village
Dotterel - 7 again in the pea field on the east side of the A928 just east of Pluckerston Farm
Kinnordy - Brief views of 3 Dunlin and c.15 Ringed Plover chased constantly by a Lapwing before flying off high to the north, hopefully something better wasnt hiding in the flock as I never got a decent look.............
No sign the Purple Sand Forfar 5pm, but a lone Whimbrel dropped onto the Sailling Club spit
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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu May 17, 2012 6:14 pm

Saw my 1st Spotted flycatcher of the year at Kinnordy Loch this morning......didn;t seem too impressed with the sleet.

Our bird table has been busier this evening than it has been all winter... Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Lesser Redpoll, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blue,Coal & Great Tits, Siskin,Greenfinch ( uncommon visitor ), Goldfinch, Robin.
Then a fly-through by the male Sparrowhawk .
Also had a willow Warbler in the hedge at the back.
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May 17th MURTON CYGNETS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu May 17, 2012 7:32 pm

May 17th 10-30am MUTE SWANS 2 Keeping Careful Watch Over 7 Very Small Cygnets on Scrape

Below Car Park Hide -- . my first of the season --

May 17th 11-30am OSPREYS 2 - JAY 1 - BUZZARD 1 - SEDGE WARBLER - GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Male and Female -- GARDEN WARBLER . BLACKCAP - GOLDENEYE 1 Female WILLOW WARBLERS

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Peregrine

Postby Dave Adam » Sat May 19, 2012 5:35 pm

Great entertainment from a hen Peregrine this afternoon on the hunt in the middle of Brechin's pigeon supermarket. First time I have seen a Peregrine stare down at me from 100 feet away in my back garden as it perched on the fire tower, great view up its nostrils and rather fierce-some at the business end. Took an angry, mini stoop at a mobbing Herring Gull, its so weird to hear Peregrine kek keks in town! This is one impressive bird when flying around, very light fluttering almost moth like when it is scouting.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Sun May 20, 2012 3:27 pm

GSK, Montrose - all day

Arctic terns are back. Regularly leaving the site to fish in the South Esk estuary.

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May 21st ICELAND GULL

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon May 21, 2012 7:04 pm

May 21st 11-30am ICELAND GULL 2ND. WINTER LUNAN BAY From ADBC Hide during Webs Count

Also present - 8 COMMMON SCOTER - 6 RED THROATED DIVERS- 4 EIDER 19 COMMON TERN - 13 KITTIWAKES - SANDWICH YTERN 22

May 21st 10am POWMOUTH VIADUCT NO. 655578 -- BLACKCAPS 2 Male 2 Female - GARDEN WARBLER 2 -- COMMON SAND 1 -- DIPPER 1 -- WHITETHROAT 1

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Fishtown of Usan

Postby simonbusuttil » Mon May 21, 2012 10:43 pm

2 Manxies heading north and calm seas allowed me to see two flocks totalling 36 red-throated divers on the water offshore. More very distant birds were probably more divers but were just too far out

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue May 22, 2012 9:45 am

Little ringed plover at Kinnordy loch from Gullery hide, 7am.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DK » Tue May 22, 2012 10:25 am

120 Little Grebes off Elliot Links yesterday afternoon.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue May 22, 2012 12:41 pm

22 May 2012 Elliot 4 Arctic Terns, at Elliot water by railway bridge 1 Sandmartin, Cannot remember seeing on here before. Arbroath Keptie pond 4 Cygnets fledged

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Tue May 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Had an unusual looking Warbler near Corbie end of Lunan Bay,it's got Icterine characteristics and my photograph is sort of silouette and not clear.Habit,song and colour makes me think it was.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Tue May 22, 2012 6:42 pm

8 swifts over montrose high street today.

Same (poor) numbers as last year which is something.

Is it just me or have both martins numbers crashed completely?

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby grahame » Tue May 22, 2012 7:18 pm

[quote="gus guthrie"]Little ringed plover at Kinnordy loch from Gullery hide, 7am.[/quote]
I'd say 2nd time lucky - but the more you look the luckier you get!

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue May 22, 2012 8:13 pm

[quote="grahame"][quote="gus guthrie"]Little ringed plover at Kinnordy loch from Gullery hide, 7am.[/quote]
I'd say 2nd time lucky - but the more you look the luckier you get![/quote
maybe the early birder gets the bird ????
it was chased off by a resident lapwing , the same thing happened a week or so ago.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed May 23, 2012 7:13 am

23/05/2012 re Stevendoig Swifts "poor count ast last year" , 5 or 6 areas around Arbroath where normally we get quite a lot of Swifts have seen none. Had one at Condor water tower when normally there are at least 20. Will have to hope they eventually get in if not to late

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Spotted Crake - Kinnordy

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed May 23, 2012 8:41 am

Spotted Crake is being heard quite regularly at Kinnordy. I was there from 9:30pm to 11pm last night and one was calling continuously from the reeds next to the Gullery hide.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed May 23, 2012 1:41 pm

23/05/2012 Elliot met a very interesting chap, Jim Hudson, on the beach who reports wader nests to the BTO. Spent a pleasant hour with him showing me the way to look for Ringed Plover nest. He had found one on 2nd May and showed it to me with 3 eggs. He is going to be asked to do a talk at a club meeting in new year. Hope he does beacuse I think everyone will be very intested in his talk.

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed May 23, 2012 3:14 pm

223/05/2012 Arbroath Keptie Swans with 5 Cygnets, Mallard with 10 chicks, how long the will last with gulls I don't know. Seems the pond is a chucking out area at the moment, today found 2 Terrpins sunning on large stone at pond edge, and a large gold and Black Koi Carp.

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Swifts

Postby joncook » Wed May 23, 2012 4:07 pm

Lots of information on Swifts, why they are declining and what we can do to help on the Concern for Swifts website:

http://www.concernforswifts.com/index.html

A big problem is the loss of nesting sites due to demolition or renovation of older buildings and new roofline products which exclude birds. There are several suggested ways round this on the concern for Swifts site, or for details of the Swift boxes I had fitted when replacing the fascia boards on my roof send me an email.

To register current Swift nesting sites so that they may be protected in future, record them on the RSPB website under Things to do/Surveys:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/surve ... index.aspx

And of course, dont forget to log all your sightings of Swifts (and other birds) on BirdTrack:

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Wed May 23, 2012 5:54 pm

22 May (10am) - Bamse's grave/GSK

A walk from the public car park past Bamse's grave and along part of the GSK fence along the public path produced common and arctic terns, swallows, a pair of linnets (very rosy male) and a whitethroat on the fence!

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed May 23, 2012 7:57 pm

Glen Esk with Ian Graham today.

44 species including

Cuckoo, - one seen at Tarfside and a few heard

A few Redstart and Tree Pipit in the birch before Loch Lee

A very obvious Male Ring Ouzel in a field before the loch.

3 Crossbills and 2 Redpoll in the woods beside tarfside

Dipper on River mark

Half a dozen Spotted Flycatcher, also single Red Grouse seen form road

good session!

Also had a look at den of ogil reservior. Havent been there for a couple of year. They have signs up saying to beware becuase they are shooting, and it shows. The last time I was there it was Buzzard city - guess what - not a single one was seen (or any raptor at all.)
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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 24, 2012 1:47 pm

24/05/2012 kingennie fishery 478365 2 Swifts flying around over pond, Mute Swan on nest with 2 eggs so far, Whitethroats, lots of Willow Warblers, Mallard with chicks on golf course in one of the water hazards, House Martins nesting in restuarant eaves, Swallows nesting round side of building

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Cuckoo and Re: Swifts etc

Postby DK » Thu May 24, 2012 3:35 pm

Had reports of a Cuckoo visiting a private garden on Rossie Braes on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Around my house Swallows and Swifts are present in the expected numbers, House martins however are a complete no-show. At the Arbroath Cliffs House Martin numbers seem slightly down and there was no sign of activity at some of the long term nest sites last week but then I didnt really see any House martins or Swallows there until the 9th, will wait till next week and try a nest count and see how that compares with the last few years.

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Re: Cuckoo and Re: Swifts etc

Postby Ian Graham » Fri May 25, 2012 1:11 am

[quote="DK"]Had reports of a Cuckoo visiting a private garden on Rossie Braes on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Around my house Swallows and Swifts are present in the expected numbers, House martins however are a complete no-show. At the Arbroath Cliffs House Martin numbers seem slightly down and there was no sign of activity at some of the long term nest sites last week but then I didnt really see any House martins or Swallows there until the 9th, will wait till next week and try a nest count and see how that compares with the last few years.[/quote]

I live on the Kingsgate housing estate near the cliffs and there are a few nests here. Housemartin numbers have increased noticeably over the past week.

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Re: Kinnordy

Postby srgreen » Fri May 25, 2012 9:52 am

Spotted Crake's heard again last night, Thurs 24th, 10.45PM at Kinnordy. At least two, more likely three calling continuously from the reeds opp the Gullery hide, somewhere around the swamp hide, and one at the very western end of the reserve, SRG

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby burnie » Sat May 26, 2012 1:46 pm

Swifts(3)Swallows(4)Sandmartin(1) and Housemartin(2)flying over my garden in Inverkeilor today

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby L. Thomson » Sun May 27, 2012 5:07 pm

Friday 25th May : Twite
An early morning trip to the Loch Lee area of Glenesk produced all the usual Summer migrants normal to that locality. What wasn't expected was seeing six Twite. They were in distinct pairings, feeding on the short grassy areas and flying off together. What chance breeding success ? Historically, there are records of some breeding in that locality.

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Red-backed shrike

Postby simonbusuttil » Sun May 27, 2012 9:33 pm

The female red-backed shrike at Ethie Mains Farm was still present there this evening at 5 pm just after the junction of the trac down to Ethie Haven

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Red-backed Shrike

Postby gus guthrie » Sun May 27, 2012 10:16 pm

The Red-backed Shrike had moved a bit further down the farm road by 7pm. It was opposite the farm cottages at the entrance to the farm, in a group of whinbushes on the right hand side in the barley field.

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Sunday 27th May 2012 - Marsh Warbler

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon May 28, 2012 9:45 am

As well as the Red Backed Shrike, Graham Smith and Keith Edwards also found a Marsh Warbler near Auchmithie.
I saw it still present at 8:15 pm also.

There is a track between Windyhills Farm and Auchmithie (School house). The bird is half way along in a ditch with a flowering hawthorn tree. Singing loudly giving away its position!

MAP LOCATION: 'CLICK ME'

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May 28th MARSH WARBLER

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon May 28, 2012 3:06 pm

MAY 28TH 10AM MARSH WARBLER - AT SAME SITE - AS DETAILED /MAP BEFORE , SEEN IN DITCH AND ALSO IN TREE BRIEFLY NEXT TO HAWTHORN TREE , ILLUSIVE - Seen by Bob and Rob Noble and Maggie

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May 29th COMMON CRANE

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue May 29, 2012 8:00 am

May 29th 6-40am COMMON CRANE - IN FIELD TO NORTH OF B974 JUST WEST OF MARYKIRK

I RECEIVED THIS INFO FROM ADBC CLUB MEMBER KEVIN THOMSON - THIS LOCATION IS I BELEIVE JUST OUTSIDE THE ANGUS BORDER -- BOB

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Re: MAY 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Susan Swankie » Tue May 29, 2012 10:11 pm

May 29th 3.45pm Ethie woods
Twany owl flew in front of me stopped in tree about 15ft away staring me out for about 15 to 20 secs before heading further into wood.Superb
Also chiffchaff goldcrest treecreeper with 3 young wren with 4 young gs woodpecker song thrush great,blue and coal tit

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Forfar loch

Postby gus guthrie » Wed May 30, 2012 9:53 pm

Little Stint, Sanderling, Dunlin & Ringed Plovers at Yacht club spit, also Red-crested Pochard and Pochard at Leisure Centre end.

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Forfar Loch - 31 May

Postby richardblackburn » Thu May 31, 2012 6:38 pm

Forfar loch - 31 May - 15:30

Spit at the sailing club: Red-crested pochard, 2 dunlin in summer plumage, lesser black backed gulls and the little stint. 3 goldcrests seen on the way, as well as sedge warbler, reed buntings, blue tits entering a nest box, loads of swifts, swallows, house and sand martins. Also, great crested grebes with young near the leisure centre, and a pair of shoveller.


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