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6 - JUNE 2012 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu May 31, 2012 10:32 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for JUNE 2012

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:31 am

Per text from Barry Farquharson Friday AM June 1st.
Red crested pochard still at Forfar loch sail club. No waders as anglers fishing at spit.

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:53 pm

Forfar loch 2015

Red Crested Pochard at the inch. 3 Ringed Plover and two Dunlin there as well, ignoring the anglers this time!! :)

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:56 pm

Per text from rod mackenzie. Sat pm 2nd June 2012
Bee Eater on wires in Craigmill Den

More details appreciated by any observers.

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:29 pm

Text from David Douglas 3rd June 2012

No sign bee eater craigmill this morning. 1st summer little gull tay est, just west of invergowrie bay.

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Bee-eater Craigmill Den

Postby joncook » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:33 pm

Apparantly the bird was on the wires in Craigmill Den Saturday 2-20pm when Rod had to leave it to get a phone signal. On his return the bird was gone. He and several others spent the rest of the afternoon searching for it to no avail.
Jon

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Cuckoo, A928 south of Glamis

Postby Derek Flynn » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:24 pm

Calling frequently from fenceposts above both sides of road between 10 & 10.30 this morning. On the layby on left as road rises, on the A928 heading to Glamis from the A90.

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Re: Bee-eater Craigmill Den

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:19 pm

joncook wrote:Apparantly the bird was on the wires in Craigmill Den Saturday 2-20pm when Rod had to leave it to get a phone signal. On his return the bird was gone. He and several others spent the rest of the afternoon searching for it to no avail.
Jon


Thanks Jon, appreciated.

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Lintrathen, Kinnordy and Balgavies - 4 June

Postby richardblackburn » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:41 pm

Lintrathen - 6 great crested grebes (1 on a nest), 2 osprey successfully fishing, 2 common sandpiper, willow warblers, oystercatchers, tufties, loads of mallards (2 sets of ducklings) and a fisherman - all from the SWT hide.
Stopped at the roadside for the old hide and saw a spotted flycatcher on both sides of the road.

Kinnordy - very quiet. 1 mute swan seen with 6 cygnets. Both harriers seen, sedge and willow warblers on the paths, reed buntings, gadwall. About 50 lapwing flew in, and very few black headed gulls left.

Balgavies - blackcap and willow warbler seen from car park. Both ospreys present, 12 greylag geese on the loch and 16 canada geese flew in. A few reed bunting flying around, and a pair of mute swans at the far end of the loch with 4 cygnets.

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forfar loch

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:09 am

forfar loch
1 little grebe, 2 pairs of great crested grebes(1pair with 4 juvs)1 magpie,gadwalls,3 herons,1 buzzard,22 mutes at the west end one pair with 6 cygnets,great tit family,blue tit,yellowhammer,reed bunting,moorhen,coot,woodpigeon,oystercatcher,swallow,swift,house martin,robin,dunnock,willow warbler,goldfinch,chaffinch,blackbird,seen 4 hedgehogs crossing the road this week around dundee thats more than i seen all last year

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:31 pm

Hi all, just in case you didnt get the email....
Hi everyone! Hope your well and enjoying your birding and the Angus Birding
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Just an email to let you know a few things...

1stly - In the last 8 months or so, all new members that have registered
have been asked to use there real names on the forum and not a made up user
name. This is so that posts made can be used if need be in the annual bird
report. Everyone has been co operative and that's been great. In view of
this, I am hoping to gradually go round everyone who has registered
previous to this policy and whom regularly posts sightings and ask them to
change there user name to there actual name. So that records can be used in
the report if the editor needs them. Also its useful for the forum database
and for checking past records for personal use in years to come. So I am
just putting you in the picture if you get a request for this at a future
time. There is not a real need to be anonymous when posting. This was
actually a suggestion made by a regular poster on the website, so I cant
take credit for the idea but feel its a useful one.

2ndly - A reminder that we should not post schedule 1 species during the
breeding season. Please just be careful before posting. I am not going to
be a policeman about it and am happy if you put "an Angus Glen" for
example. This was the conclusion after discussing a recent post with a RSPB
manager. Just think does my post, or the rest of the post, indicate a nest
site? Please do not be offended if your post is edited.

3rdly - I will be trimming registered users who do not use the forum
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4thly - Just to mention that recently a post went on featuring a photo of
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you were one of the members that got this message I apologise and am trying
to work out viewing permissions on how some can see but others cannot. I
even have the website providers helping with this issue at present. ALL
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Apologies if you couldn't see it and believe me I'm working (when I have
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Anyway thanks for your time and support of the forum! It is appreciated!
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7th JUNE 2012 Loch Lee

Postby joncook » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:42 pm

Pair Ring Ouzels with 3 juvs 3-400m past church.
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Forfar Loch

Postby srgreen » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:49 pm

Thurs 7th June, two 1st-summer Little Gulls around the sail club spit late afternoon, SRG

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:44 pm

10 June 2012 RM Condor, Oyster Catches with total of 8 chicks, Blue Tits feeding young, gold Crest in trees but could not see nest, Pied Wagtail carrying food, Starlings feeding young, House Martins, 4 nests all fledged, Swallows with 2 nest all fledged, Green finch feeding young, fledged Robin fending for itself, Garden Warbler singing, Black Cap singing.
Elliot very quiet. Reed Buntins and Meadow Pipits feeding young, Swallows and House Martins seems to have fledged. Coastal wise normal gulls, 1 male Goosander passed through

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9 June 2012 Keptie Pond Arbroath

Postby GYarnell » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:25 pm

4 baby coots being well looked after by both parents, hope this continues. 5 cygnets and 8 mallard ducklings still there.

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young dipper, Newmill of Ethie

Postby Roy Adamson » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:20 pm

First young Dipper in our garden for a couple of years. This one was not ringed as in previous years

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:47 am

From birdguides...
12/06 08:25 ANGUS/DUNDEE: Red-footed Falcon, Kinpurney Hill: fem showing well on fence by the wood nr the summit y'day (11/06) (A)

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Red-footed Falcon

Postby srgreen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:44 am

Hi all, seems it was RBA first reported this bird yesterday morning, I chased it up and RBA say they stuck it on after Martin Goodey on Scilly spotted the pic labelled as a poss Hobby on FLICKR (see link). Seems like a holidaymaker, from Holland, judging by the name on it etc. Surprised none of the regulars have been for a look yesterday. Always a chance its a wind-up/hoax, but it prob is gen. SRG

http://www.flickr.com/photos/80164035@N07/7362721822/

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:27 pm

15/06/2012 RM Condor east Whitethroat taking food to nest in bush. For guide Arbroath west links bowling alley area is blocked off for 2 months for work being done on nearby ground opposite the night club.

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Tree sparrows Newmill of Ethie

Postby Roy Adamson » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:58 pm

Approx 20 tree sparrows including young on the feeders in our garden this morning

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Gradually sorting forum users "permissions". You should now be able to attach images to your posts and also view the Hawfinch picture that was restricted to some on the May 2012 thread here:
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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:06 pm

Loch Balgavies - 18 June - am

2 ospreys on nest feeding at least 1 chick. A pair of grey herons making a nest too. Plenty of reed buntings flitting about, great tit family and over 75 greylags on the loch. Willow warblers in the car park and infront of the hide.


Murton Nature reserve - 18 June - pm

Loads of black headed gulls, and quite a few chicks too. Coots with chicks too. Lapwings with chicks, over 60 greylags and a single pink foot or bean goose (it wouldn't get up to show it's legs off!). Juvenile great spotted woodpecker and great tit family on the way to the Gladstone Hide.

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Michael Morphy » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:41 pm

Ternery: Montrose: 19 June
I don't know if this has been already posted but there's a sizeable colony of Common Terns 'sitting' in the corrugations of factory roofs belonging to Jewsons and Halliburtons on Forties Road . In and amongst there are black-headed gulls + fledglings. The terns seem to be incubating; there's certainly evidence of courtship feeding. There may also be a few Artic Terns as well, but this needs to be verified as I had to scarper when a Jewson man spotted me viewing from their car-park (after I'd purchased materials!!!). Terns are not popular there!!! I wish I'd had the opportunity of explaining just what remarkable birds they are. Perhaps, next time I go for building materials!!!

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby simonbusuttil » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:59 pm

In response to the last post, yes the black-headed gull colony at Jewsons, Montrose totals 59 aon this year. Last year, the first year I noted them there, there were ca 18 prs. At least 48 chicks are currently on the roof and the colony had good productivity last year too. There appears to be a good roof-nesting colony in Perth (at Sth Insch, next to the river) too this yr so maybe this habit of roof nesting is growing.

I counted 160 aon/t (ie pairs) of common terns around Forties Ind Estate the other night, mainly at Jewsons. This species is apparently consolidating there. On the other hand Arctic terns are only present in a handful of prs (4 to 8) with desultory behaviour and numbers lower than they were earlier in June - it looks like they are failing here. Last year there were 113 prs present (on a site other than Jewsons) and they produced at least 40 fledged young - in fact probably more yng Arctic terns fledged of the roof there than off Orkney and Shetland together last year. I counted 90 aot/n (ie prs) of Arctic terns at the Glaxo plant this week. Seems like the species is struggling a bit. Apart from Murton Pits (and the failed colonies at Brechin and Kinnordy) does anyone know of any other black-headed gull colonies, or indeed tern colonies anywhere else in the County ? I don't know the figures for the Basin SWT tern raft this year yet.

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:49 am

Speaking of Terns, here is a link to my photos of one of the Montose 'ternery' locations.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardbla ... 055333111/

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June 21st MANX SHEARWATERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:41 pm

June 21st 11-30am MANX SHEARWATERS 10 - 2 LONG TAILED DUCK
FROM ANGUS AND DUNDEE BIRD CLUB HIDE LUNAN BAY - Bob and Jon

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DMKS » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:32 pm

How did the Little Terns do at Montrose beach, any breeding confirmed this year?

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Little Terns

Postby joncook » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:07 pm

DMKS wrote:How did the Little Terns do at Montrose beach, any breeding confirmed this year?


So far as I know the Little Terns last attempt to breed at Montrose was in 2009. Sadly in that year there was no funding for fencing or wardening, so despite the best efforts of a few volunteers, the birds were driven off by revellers from a music festival at the end of May. The following winter much of the shingle bank they used was washed away and to the best of my knowledge they have not been back since.

Jon

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Little terns this year at Montrose

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:18 pm

There certainly seems to be no activity in the area this year

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby DMKS » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:11 am

Thats a pity, I was one of the volunteers for the three years it had funding. It was a great way to spend the summer.

Thanks for the replies. Dave

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:33 pm

Birdguides is reporting a Spotted Redshank in summer plumage at the Lurgies around 4pm today.

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Re: Spott shank

Postby srgreen » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:20 am

This was on the Aberdeens yahoo group from last night........

"Out of area I know, but Spotted Redshank in breeding plumage at Lurgies, Montrose Basin 4 pm Sat 23rd June. Late spring or early antumn? Also greenshank, blackwit and a black swan!
Nigel Trewin"

SRG

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby jhodson1 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:58 pm

24/6 Elliott area. breeding season still going strongly with 4 new nests and eggs for BTO NRC scheme - ringed plover (a late attempt), sedge warbler and 2 linnets. Many male reed bunting were singing, suggesting sitting females, but I did not have the time to watch them.

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June 25th GREEN SANDPIPERS ETC

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:24 pm

June 25th 10am GREEN SANDPIPER 2 Seen on Lurgies Montrose Basin NO 676577 just past the Slunks inlet but both Birds together flew towards Bridge of Dun showing beautiful White Rumps - Waders also present were 20 RINGED PLOVERS - 2 COMMON SANDS and 4 DUNLIN and 1 GREENSHANK

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:48 pm

26th June 2012 Elliot 2 Copmmon Sandpipers, Meadow Pipits taking food to nests, 2 Sandwich Terns, there is possibly 5 Ringed Plover nests, but dog walkers would not let the birds settle to check. Swallows taking nesting material into Greenkeepers sheds, poss 2nd brood.

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June 26th CRAIG MILL DEN BIRDS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:47 pm

June 26th 1430 hrs, SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS 2 SEDGE WARBLERS 2 WHITETHROATS 2 GREY WAGTAIL 1

All SEEN IN CRAIG MILL DEN CARNOUSTIE NO. 578355 by Bob and Jon

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby grahame » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:31 pm

26 June 1100hrs
Dark phase Arctic Skua harrying Sandwich Terns at Lunan Bay

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Tuesday 27th June 2012 - Little Egret, Barnacle Geese

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:12 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 27th June 2012 - 12:30pm
Species: Little Egret
Details: Chris McGuigan had a Little Egret on Rossie Spit, Montrose Basin early Tuesday morning. It was still around at various points on the basin at midday.
I also saw 2x Barnacle geese on Miss Erskine's Bank.

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26 JUNE 2012 - LURGIES

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:54 pm

The two Barnacle Geese were at Miss Erskine's Bank yesterday evening (26th). One has a damaged left wing.

Also present were Ringed Plover 26, Dunlin 16 (summer plumage), Common Sandpiper 9.

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Re: JUNE 2012 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby barry shaw » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:50 pm

Had a walk in a local Dundee park earlier and I'm 99% sure I was watching a hobby falcon got great views of it but it couldn't get peace from some gulls and flew off.


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