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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon May 20, 2013 11:35 am

As well as above rosefinch message these went out on AGV...
(feel free to post additional details if you observed any of the below)
AGV Male red backed shrike by pools at back of ethie mains farm showing well, also male black redstart. Toby Green


AGV A highly probable (trying to get better views) Icterine Warbler at Usan "reservoir" but has moved into trees on private property next door. Simon Busuttil


AGV male rb shrike riverside dundee. bushes nr cattle fields. marsh harrier over. ian ford


AGV Single male garganey at Forfar Loch east end near reeds. Also, female ring necked duck still here. Both viewable from viewing platform. R&K Blackburn

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Icterine warbler at Usan

Postby simonbusuttil » Mon May 20, 2013 2:55 pm

Re the AGV report of this. I never did get better views as the bird moved into a fully leafed tree from the just budding one I saw it briefly (and from underneath) in. May have to go down as "one that got away". I took notes but there's no doubt that the bird I saw had long pink legs which goes against it being an Icterine warbler. Need to look at some literature

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby grahame » Mon May 20, 2013 4:30 pm

Mon. 20th May
2pm Half hour search for poss. Icterine at Usan- saw nothing unusual
3pm Male Red-Backed Shrike still present around Ethie Mains pools, no sign of Black Redstart,Raven was a surprise, singing Corn Bunting was a bonus
4pm Scarlet Rosefinch still singing in Auchmithie churchyard and coming down ? to feeders in nearby gardens.

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Mon May 20, 2013 8:18 pm

riverside nature park
1 male red backed shrike (self found lifer) 1 redpoll/2 collared doves/lots of whitethroats/willow warblers/greenfinch/yellowhammer/wren/swallow/kestrel/6 shellducks/1 stockdove/skylark/songthrush/great tit/chaffinch

keptie pond
1 sparrowhawk/1 pair of coots with 2 chicks,another coot sitting on a nest with 2 chicks heads showing/moorhens/heron/mallards/jackdaws/1 tufted duck/mutes,i saw the empty mute swan nest hope somebody gets prosecuted for this

Arbroath cliffs

house martins/1 sedge warbler/sandwich terns/gannets/whitethroats/wren/reedbuntings/yellowhammers/linnits/dunnock/meadow pipits/heron/shag/cormorant/guilemots/razorbills/kittiwakes/fulmars/herring gulls/lssb backed gulls/oystercatchers

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Mon May 20, 2013 9:22 pm

Popped down to Auchmithie first, missed the rosefinch (but it is still there apparently). Did see several whitethroats, yellowhammers, wren, house martins, fulmars on the cliffs, possibly a few puffins distantly sleeping on the sea and a distant diver.

Headed towards Ethie Mains, seeing a corn bunting on the way. Saw the red backed shrike (eventually) with several sedge warblers, yellowhammers, whitethroats and a song thrush.

Then, off to Forfar Loch for a picninc lunch. Lots of nesting great crested grebes and coots. Whilst scanning to try and find the ring necked duck, my wife spotted a different looking 'duck' in the distance near the viewing platform. So, we headed round and discovered it was a male garganey! Then we spotted the ring necked duck. Had a mallard swim by with 10 ducklings and a sedge warbler singing close by. Plenty of Tufted ducks, greylag geese, lesser black backed gulls and goosander around too.

Then off to Kinnordy loch. Osprey fishing, male marsh harrier flew around, black headed gulls, lapwing, oystercatchers and redshank on the bogbean. Had a grey heron stalking the bogbean furthest from the gullery hide.

A good day, 6 new birds for the year, with 3 lifers!

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby BRIAN LAING » Tue May 21, 2013 6:02 am

Six puffins at auchmithie just a stones through from waters edge they have been around for a week now

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Forfar Loch - Garganey etc

Postby Grant Balfour » Tue May 21, 2013 7:23 am

20/05/2013 18:00-19:20

Garganey (male) was in front of the viewing platform then moved down into the area of reeds and willow scrub and hid in there.

Ring Necked Duck (female) was with a small group of Tufted Ducks and was keeping close to one male in particular.

Ringed Plover - two at the yacht club

Common Sandpiper - one was at the yacht club

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue May 21, 2013 10:14 am

21/05/2013 0700 Auchmithie Rose Finch showing well in first Syc. tree in church yard. Lifer for me. Ethie Mains no sign of Shrikes must be roosting. Elliot Female Mallard with 4 ducklings. Gooseander on fen pond, 2 Mutes,pair Tufties and 6 Male Mallards also there, plenty Sedge still awaiting the Grasshopper Warb which was here about this time last year.

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Tue May 21, 2013 2:12 pm

Brief visit to Lunan Bay hide today.

6 gannets flying around and feeding, a long tailed duck near one of the fishing nets, a group of sandwich and common terns (~30 of each) and 1 little tern hiding amongst them. 6 oystercatchers, a few razorbills on the sea, herring gulls and not a lot else.

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Tuesday 21st May 2013 - Ring-necked Duck

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue May 21, 2013 9:34 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 21st May 2013 - 3:10pm
Species: Ring-necked Duck
Details: Female Ring-necked Duck still at the east end of Forfar Loch today with Tufted ducks. At 3:10pm.

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Wednesday 22nd MAY 2013

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed May 22, 2013 7:39 am

No sight or sound of rosefinch in 1 hour search of usual Auchmithie locations this morning 7:00-8:00am.
Stark contrast to how easily seen early on monday morning when it was easily heard then seen.
Arctic skua in Auchmithie bay briefly and common seal.

Heres a record shot from Monday 20th May of the Auchmithie Rosefinch found by Stuart Green.

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed May 22, 2013 8:27 am

ring necked duck still at viewpoint at loch this morning 0900.

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Last two days in Angus

Postby colinlamond » Wed May 22, 2013 6:26 pm

On Sunday 19th May, I visited Kinnordy Loch late morning. We saw sedge warblers, whitethroat, willow warbler and I heard one blackcap. There were a few coal tits and one jay near the feeders. There was a reed bunting outside the hide at the eastern end of the loch.
On the loch we spotted two widgeon and some shellduck. A few redshanks were flying around.

Went up a small glen in the afternoon with my parents. The weather turned out to be glorious, warm and sunny. There is no road access into this glen so we parked at the bottom and walked up through some pasture with lots of sheep. A cuckoo, goldcrest, willow warblers and a coal tit were calling from the trees as we set out. We watched two buzzards and, in the distance, a large group of red deer were on top of one of the hills.
We stopped a while, and listened to some black grouse calling in the distance, but couldn’t locate them. There were red grouse here too, and lots of meadow pipits. We continued up the glen, and, as we left the fields behind, we found several wheatears and a whinchat. Some snipe were calling, and there were curlews, oystercatchers and lapwing. A common sandpiper was on the river. A second large group of deer were on another hillside.
Walking back down the glen, I saw two mistle thrush chase off a sparrowhawk. We watched a cuckoo perch on the power lines, and a skylark called overhead.

On Monday amorning, I drove up to the backwater dam, but the mist was heavy and so didn’t see that much. I found quite a few red grouse; some were on the road. There was also a whinchat. Two common sandpipers were flying up and down the lochside. There were lots of common gull on the dam railings. I managed to get a great picture of an oystercatcher from the car. There were a few house martins at Kingoldrum. At Kinnordy Loch, the male marsh harrier was hunting over the reed beds. There were coal tits, willow warbler, reed bunting, sedge warbler and whitethroat all singing. A jay was at the bird feeders. Above the loch there were many swifts, swallows and sand martins. The red squirrels were chasing one another.

We walked the road from Cortachy to Pearsie later on Monday morning. We found black cap, willow warbler and whitethroat. There were several yellowhammers, siskin, and lesser redpolls. A coal tit called from some conifers along with a few goldcrest. A few skylarks were singing on the wing. A buzzard was hunting over the farmland. At Pearsie, there was a greater spotted woodpecker. A grey heron flew over.

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby mike.nicoll » Thu May 23, 2013 2:36 pm

22/05/2013 Near Seven Arches on the Dighty, 1 Spotted Flycatcher singing and fly-catching.
Craigmill Burn at Batties Den, Muirdrum. 1 pair of Dippers feeding large young in nest on top of Bat-box ( Bats chittering inside!) and 2 pairs of Grey Wagtails with newly fledged young. Saw no sign of healthy fish in the burn but found about 10 dying fingerling trout. Lack of oxygen or pollution? Reported to SEPA.

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Friday 24th May 2013 - Arctic Skua, Manx Shearwater

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri May 24, 2013 9:55 am

Date & Time: Friday 24th May 2013 - 9:08am & 3:00pm
Species: Arctic Skua, Manx Shearwater
Details: A dark phase adult Arctic Skua with quite prominent pointed tail projections, flying just inland in strong wind and north over Elliot and over the A92 at 9:08am.
One hour Auchmithie seawatch at 2:30 to 3:30pm, produced, as well as good numbers of usual common sea birds, another 2 Arctic Skuas & 5x Manx Shearwaters, both going north.
Also 16 Common Scoter going south.
(Sadly no LT Skuas. Decent passage of these birds along UK east coast today.)


As the Elliot Arctic Skua flew over 22 photos were taken. Here is a composite image of 9 of those photos...

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seawatch Usan

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri May 24, 2013 5:20 pm

Immensely frustrating day as I had to work ! However managed one hr seawatch 1710 to 1810 this evening at Usan. 1050 kittiwakes, 2 Arctic, 1 Great and 1 Pomarine skua north with 16 manxies, 190 fulmars and a supportng cast of gannets and terns. could have been worse......

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Friday 24th May 2013 - Red Kite and Cuckoo

Postby Alex Shepherd » Fri May 24, 2013 7:20 pm

Date & Time: Friday 24th May 2013 - 11.30am to 4.00pm, Glen Prosen

Species: Red Kite, Cuckoo, Wheatear etc

Details: Seen on a Hill Walk in Glen Prosen, 1 Red Kite, 1 male Cuckoo on fence at Runtaleave then heard when leaving in trees at Glen Prosen Lodge.
Also 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Male Wheatear, 17 Meadow Pipits, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 5 Lapwing, 3 Red Grouse, Swallows and House Martins at the lodge.

Couldn't find the Ring-necked Duck today at Forfar Loch today, I did on Thursday, but it could have been one of the many ducks sleeping in the bright sun.
2 Common Sandpiper were on the spit and Great Crested Grebes were displaying.

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more seawatching at Usan

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri May 24, 2013 8:24 pm

managed to get back out for a furrther 90 mins. Totals for 2.5 hrs seawatching ended
2,500 kittiwake, 510 fulmar, 1500 auks (r'bill and guillemot only), 750 Arctic terns, 220 Sandwich terns, 189 manxie, 5 Arctic skua, 1 Pom, 1 bonxie, 4 c scoter, 1 rt diver, 1 whimbrel. Did not count gannets but similarly strong numbers - all moving north

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Sat 25th May, 2013

Postby srgreen » Sat May 25, 2013 9:47 pm

Nearly spat me tea out - Hobby low west over Maryton, Kirriemuir tonight whilst sat in the garden having fish n chips with the kids. Bird came in from east low over fields along the south side of the village, and carried on west, only 20-30 metres up, didn't linger or pay attention to any of the hirundines hawking there and carried on west. Bonus. SRG

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ring-necked parakeet in Monifieth

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Sun May 26, 2013 11:20 am

8.30am ring-necked parakeet eating apples in my garden, all birds suddenly took off and it has not been back

Also eating apples daily - pair of blackcaps, regular visits from pair of bullfinches, siskins, yellowhammers, pair gs woodpeckers,
and what I am pretty sure is a linnet.

Bluetit is sitting on 10 eggs in camera nestbox

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CRAIG MILL DEN -- SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun May 26, 2013 6:11 pm

May 26th 3-45pm SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 Craig Mill Den Carnoustie

On way home after doing a Big Sit ADBC Fund Raiser at Lunan Bay where we recorded 42 species - Doris , Jon and I on way home popped in to see if the Spotted Flycatcher had returned to the Den . To our great delight we saw the Bird giving good views . Also present were DIPPER 1 WHITETHROAT 1 WILLOW WARBLER 1 plus usual suspects

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Cuckoo at Carrot Hill

Postby Nicola Main » Tue May 28, 2013 11:06 am

This morning the Cuckoo was calling almost continuously in the wood just south of the car park at Carrot Hill Viewpoint.

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Duck sp at Forfar Loch

Postby stevendoig » Wed May 29, 2013 1:53 pm

This afternoon, first viewpoint (where the ring neck was) sitting on the spit. Russet brown wings, grey chest, white tag on leg.

Was roosting so couldn't ID - any ideas?

Seen by myself & Ian Graham.

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Thursday 30th May 2013 - Keptie Pond Arbroath

Postby Alex Shepherd » Thu May 30, 2013 11:20 pm

Date & Time Thursday 30th may 2013 - 1.00pm

Keptie Breeding status: 3 Coots have 2 young each, 1 Coot has 1, 1 Moorhen has a chick, previously a larger chick was seen. 1 Sedge Warbler seen, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 unusual domestic ducks have turned up, 1 large white, a darker female and another light brown bird, 1 Wren singing in the scrub. The new Mute Swan pair have control of 75% of the pond and the original male has been confronting the new male but is smaller than him and always backs off. There were 23 Herring Gulls and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls today and no Mallard ducklings, probably predated as there were 2 on Tuesday.

Elliot Reedbeds: 7 Sedge Warblers at different sites, 6 Reed Bunting males protesting, 5 Linnets, 1 Yellowhammer, a Mallard with 12 ducklings, 6 Meadow Pipits and only Herring Gulls on the beach.

Fowlsheugh: Tuesday 28th, Guillemots in the thousands, same for Kittiwakes with many still collecting nesting materials, Sedge Warblers, Pied Wagtails, Dunnock and Linnets in the gulley of the burn. No chicks were seen but a few had been reported in the hide log.

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Wigeon Hide - Whimbrel

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri May 31, 2013 7:30 am

30-05-2013 8pm
Whimbrel 1 flew past the Wigeon hide then settled in with the 100+ Curlew.

Juvenile Redshank 3 at the flood pools to the west of the hide. Both Blackbird & Starling fledglings seen.

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migration

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri May 31, 2013 7:35 am

two whimbrel nth each with a single curlew this morning off Usan

Also a lesser whitethroat in the woods near the reservoir at the top of the road. Sung a couple of times but came under pressure to move on from a pr of whitethroats.....

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Re: MAY 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Fri May 31, 2013 8:53 pm

Auchindorie Farm 'puddle'

along with Herring Gulls, Lesser black backs, oysters, lapwing, 3 Shelduck and two redshank, there was another funny wader a bit smaller than a redshank. Just had my 'budget' bins with me so couldn't ID it right.

My garden in Whitehills, Forfar just now - second try at nesting for Woodpigeon (first nest was six feet from my front door so they flew away every time I opened it!) Blue tit young definitely in my nestbox. Newly fledged Blackbirds hiding in the shrubs (lots of cats aboot so I give them no chance!) Dunnock nesting in the ivy, and quite a few newly fledged House Spuggies at my bird table.

Not Bad for a wee garden :)


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