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3 - MARCH 2016 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:40 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for MARCH 2016

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:10 pm

Forfar Loch this morning. 40 species - not bad for me, more unusual sightings for this venue being -

Couple of singing Skylark in the fields to the North

Two Shelduck down at the west end

A single Redshank at the Leisure Centre end.

A single Siskin in the Pine Wood.

Terrfic numbers of Wildfowl. 85 -90 Mute Swan and 50-60 Goosander being the highlights! :)

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:21 am

1 barn owl perched on a post at the side of the road at the top of Victoria street monifieth 9.15 pm

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Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:30 am

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 - AGV Message
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Wednesday 2nd March:
Red Kite at Checkiefield, Kirriemuir 11.40.
E Jessett

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Iceland Gulls - Forfar Loch

Postby Alex Shepherd » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:52 pm

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 1207 hrs

Adult and 1st winter Iceland Gulls amongst flock continually being flushed from Sailing Club spit at Forfar Loch. Also 50+ Gadwall, 31 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank and Magpies calling around the loch.

Kinnordy, 1500 hrs, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull from East Hide and 1 Brambling on the feeders. RSPB were building a Black-headed Gull nest raft.

Iceland Gull adult video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N1PdYxN1Bk

Iceland Gull 1st winter video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj3_PNCHKWE

Lesser Black-backed Gull video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a55qwUlk8To

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby simonbusuttil » Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:12 pm

Hard work in Glen Damff today with just 10 species in 4 hrs ! However this included an optimistic Golden Plover at ca 460m and a flock of just under 70 snow buntings

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:40 pm

Forfar Loch

52 Gadwall today at the East end of the loch as well as 4 drake Pochard.
also a Chiffchaff near the viewing platform.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:58 am

1 tawny owl perched on a dry stone wall auchterhouse 2.am

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Sunday 6th March 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:28 am

Sunday 6th March 2016 - AGV Message
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Sunday 6th March:
Not birds but may interest....Northen lights now visible. 8:55pm.
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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gailtrayner » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:53 pm

Short eared owl at Elliot beach half hour ago.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Allan Hall » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:31 pm

Roundyhill,
Short-eared Owl around at 5.30 and clearly looking for bed and breakfast for the night!
Last one I've seen here was in 1987!

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gailtrayner » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:12 pm

Was 6 a few months ago. Thought they'd moved on but looks like they're back.

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Glen Lethnot

Postby Alex Shepherd » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:28 pm

Monday 7th March 2016 - 1120 hrs

Glen Lethnot from Purners Brig to west of Hunthill

2 Crossbills, the first I've seen in 2016 on the road near Hunthill apparently licking salt from the tarmac. 3 Ravens, 2 fields held around 70 Lapwings each, Oystercatchers throughout the glen in pairs, 6 Buzzards, 10 Red Grouse, 1 Kestrel, 8 Mistle Thrushes but still quite cold for the smaller species. Note the bridge on the road near Margie Farm is to be closed for two weeks as of Wednesday.

Glenesk, a short trip to the old army huts near Haughend, 2 Red Kites and 2 Buzzards. Note, the foot bridge over the river to the south side and army huts has been washed away.

Photo of Crossbill affected by car running,

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jim Carter » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:34 am

09 March 2016
Saw a female Sparrowhawk perched in a cherry tree in our garden at south east Montrose at 0815am. Feathers under the tree showed it had made a kill.

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March 9th KINNORDY - FORFAR LOCH- HIGHLIGHTS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:59 pm

March 9th - 10am BITTERN seen twice in flight and in the Reeds eating a fish opposite Gullery Hide - plus BARN OWL in Box on Lone Pine Tree- plus 3 WHOOPER SWAN very close to Gullery Hide.

March 9th 1pm 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBES at Community Centre end - --
Above seen by Bob and Jon

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:01 am

Kirriemuir.

A male Blackcap on my feeders this morning, not a bird i get in the garden too often, especially at this time of year.

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Sunday 13th March 2016 - AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:39 pm

Sunday 13th March 2016 - AGV Messages
AGV:
Sunday 13th March:
1st winter Iceland Gull Kinnordy from Swamp Hide 9:30am.
Rod Mackenzie

AGV:
Sunday 13th March:
Probable Bewick Swan from swamp hide, Kinnordy - sub adult with grey neck, noticably smaller than other whoopers and with yellow on bill not pointed and not coming anywhere near the nostrils. Also bittern seen. 1pm.
GMS

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Bean goose 13/3/2016

Postby Alan Mowat » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:17 pm

Bean goose with a flock of greylags in the field at the Edzell end of the landstacht.

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Mon. March 14th LUNAN BAY Webs Count

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:16 pm

March 14th WEBS COUNT -LUNAN BAY - FOR MARCH -- 6 RED THROATED DIVERS - 2 LONG TAILED DUCK - 14 COMMON SCOTER - 4 KITTIWAKES - 6 EIDER- 5 WHOOPER SWANS- 1 CORMORANT -

5 FULMARS - On Castle Ruins - 8 OYSTERCATCHER- - HERRING GULL 19 - COMMON GULL 7 --BLACK HEADED GULL 8-- GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL 1

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Cairngorms National Park, Angus

Postby Dave Adam » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:10 pm

Golden Eagle x 3
White-tailed Eagle x 2
Goshawk x 4
C.Buzzard x 3+
Raven x 7+
Golden Plover heard
Skylark x 6+
and my first mountain tod taking on an eagle pair ...wow

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Forfar Loch AYthya

Postby simonbusuttil » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:20 pm

The Aythya duck at Forfar Loch that I initially reported on Friday via AGV as a hybrid and then incorrectly as a scaup is certainly a hybrid, probably a Tufted Duck x Pochard. Thanks to Alex Shepherd for his photos (see his blog at http://aberbrothock.blogspot.com/) and Barry Farquarson for his helpful comments via that blog. The amount of black on the bill nail (too much), shape of head and colour of back (too dark).

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:09 am

I watched a pair of magpies nestbuilding in Arbroath today,although they seem to be spreading rapidly this is the first time I have seen them carrying sticks,apart from rooks sitting by their nests this is the first breeding behaviour I have seen this year

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Puffins at Auchmithie

Postby Alex Shepherd » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:54 pm

Tuesday March 15th 2016 - 1400 hrs

19 Puffins just north of the harbour and close in on a light swell, viewable from the end of the village at Auchmithie. Many Fulmars, some in groups squabbling and one Red-throated Diver out at sea.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:05 pm

Wee wander in Dundee today (15/3/16)

Swannie Ponds - Mute Swans, Mallards, Tufted ducks, 1 female Goosander, Moorhen, Herring Gulls, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Black Headed Gull (Norwegian ringed green JN69 among them), Lesser Black Backed Gull.

City Quay - Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Oystercatcher, Feral Pigeon, Carrion Crow.

NO SIGN of ("Dave") the injured Red Throated Diver despite searching for around an hour. Does anyone have a date for any recent sightings of this bird? (My last sighting was January 2nd but I hadn't looked again before today).

Yesterday (Monday 14/3/16) I had a group of 4 Magpies fly over Arklay Street towards Tannadice Park followed a few seconds later by another single bird. A further Magpie was seen on Dens Road at Arthurstone Terrace junction.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Stephen Appleton » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:03 am

Sunday 13th March 2016 afternoon stroll on to Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill

While plenty of carrion crows and rooks around lower down, from about 400m I was looking down on what I believe was a Raven. Certainly not expected here, but it's behavoir was considered more raven like than crow like. Additionally, while no other birds close enough to compare size it looked too big for a crow. Then I noticed the clear white stripe on the upper of each wing close to body of the bird. Most unsual. Has anyone seen this bird? Is this a Magpie hybrid? Any thoughts/observations, gratefully received.

Also, flying very high was an eagle; presumed sea/white tailed eagle. Flying roughly from Tentsmuir direction towards Newtyle direction. Too high to see any plumage colour.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:27 pm

Forfar Loch.

West end 1030 - A single Whooper..... however me and Ian Graham thought there was something slightly 'off' about it so it would be worth checking out in case its a Bewick!!

New for me this year from this venue - 6 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Lesser Black Gulls.

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Wednesday 16th March 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:38 pm

Wednesday 16th March 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Wednesday 16th March:
1st Winter Iceland Gull in front of Centre at Forfar Loch, 1219.
Alex Shepherd

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Alan Mowat » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:41 am

stevendoig wrote:Forfar Loch.

West end 1030 - A single Whooper..... however me and Ian Graham thought there was something slightly 'off' about it so it would be worth checking out in case its a Bewick!!

New for me this year from this venue - 6 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Lesser Black Gulls.


There was a single whooper flying around Edzell on Sunday afternoon. It looked whooper size and certainly sounded like a whooper.

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Iceland Gull

Postby Alex Shepherd » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:54 pm

The 1st winter Iceland Gull was on the yacht club spit, Forfar Loch this morning early on before being chased off by a gull.

Lots of Pink Footed Geese flying north and high over a very sunny Backwater Dam today, Curlews, Oystercatchers and Lapwings in increasing numbers and around 20 Song Thrushes seen and more Mistle Thrushes.


MAP BOOKLET: The link for the Online Version of the maps won't work as I locked the editing function and the link changed, the link below should work for all devices and open in a browser or Google Maps (I hope).

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z0LRDH5AKUcI.koMWksMPaWX0

I'll try and find a short link and test on as many devices as I can.

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Friday 18th March 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:11 pm

Friday 18th March 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Friday 18th March:
1st winter Iceland Gull & 1st winter Med Gull from Lunan Bay hide. 2pm.
GMS

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:22 pm

Kinnordy Loch 4pm

Bittern from Gullery Hide

1st winter Iceland Gull feeding in ploughed field at Lochside cottages., near Egnomoss junction.

In my garden today were 3 Lesser Redpoll, Siskins, Song Thrushes and a Rook which has found the suet feeder.

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Saturday 19th March 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:22 pm

Saturday 19th March 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Saturday 19th March:
1st winter Iceland gull, swamp hide, kinnordy loch. 11.40am.
Gus

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby barry shaw » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:38 pm

Stephen Appleton wrote:Sunday 13th March 2016 afternoon stroll on to Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill

While plenty of carrion crows and rooks around lower down, from about 400m I was looking down on what I believe was a Raven. Certainly not expected here, but it's behavoir was considered more raven like than crow like. Additionally, while no other birds close enough to compare size it looked too big for a crow. Then I noticed the clear white stripe on the upper of each wing close to body of the bird. Most unsual. Has anyone seen this bird? Is this a Magpie hybrid? Any thoughts/observations, gratefully received.

Also, flying very high was an eagle; presumed sea/white tailed eagle. Flying roughly from Tentsmuir direction towards Newtyle direction. Too high to see any plumage colour.

Hi Stephen that raven you saw at auchterhouse has been hanging around for a few years now there is a pair of them.I assumed the bird has white wing tags never got close enough to actually see for definite.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:41 pm

A couple of hours in an Angus Glen today;

1 adult White-tailed Eagle
2 Goshawk
13 Buzzard
1 Sparrowhawk
11 Ravens
6 Crossbill
1 Stonechat
4 Black Grouse

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Alan Mowat » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:27 am

Sunday 20/3/16

Male Brambling crashed in to my window near the Gannochy Edzell.
The bird had a metal ring on it leg
Any suggestion on who to contact re the ring.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:16 pm

Alan Mowat wrote:Sunday 20/3/16

Male Brambling crashed in to my window near the Gannochy Edzell.
The bird had a metal ring on it leg
Any suggestion on who to contact re the ring.


best bet is to e-mail

grampianringing@googlemail.com

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Stephen Appleton » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:10 pm

barry shaw wrote:
Stephen Appleton wrote:Sunday 13th March 2016 afternoon stroll on to Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill

While plenty of carrion crows and rooks around lower down, from about 400m I was looking down on what I believe was a Raven. Certainly not expected here, but it's behavoir was considered more raven like than crow like. Additionally, while no other birds close enough to compare size it looked too big for a crow. Then I noticed the clear white stripe on the upper of each wing close to body of the bird. Most unsual. Has anyone seen this bird? Is this a Magpie hybrid? Any thoughts/observations, gratefully received.

Also, flying very high was an eagle; presumed sea/white tailed eagle. Flying roughly from Tentsmuir direction towards Newtyle direction. Too high to see any plumage colour.

Hi Stephen that raven you saw at auchterhouse has been hanging around for a few years now there is a pair of them.I assumed the bird has white wing tags never got close enough to actually see for definite.


Thanks for that Barry; I'm fairly convinced the white was bird plumage rather than tags, but happy to be proven wrong. Have both the pair got white on the upper wing?

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:43 pm

I can't be certain without seeing bird or photographs but have you ruled out a corvid with leucistic plumage pigmentation?
It's fairly common in Forfar crows I have noticed.

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Re: Stephen's post about Sea Eagle

Postby Dave Adam » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:49 pm

'Also, flying very high was an eagle; presumed sea/white tailed eagle. Flying roughly from Tentsmuir direction towards Newtyle direction. Too high to see any plumage colour.'

The male eagle from Fife comes into Angus to hunt frequently, according to the East Scotland Sea Eagle project officer.

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The white winged raven

Postby barry shaw » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:19 pm

Hi Stephen I'm sure it's just one raven that has the white wing marks.As I says the pair have been there for a few years now and are hard to get close to.


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