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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Stephen Appleton » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:10 pm

Mark Caunt wrote: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.


No not ruled that out at all; just read more about this and could well be a leucistic Raven. Thoughts there are that leucistic birds I've seen and pictures of leucistic birds appear generally not to have neat tidy symmetry to the white feather positioning. This Raven, had 2 very symmetrical appearing strips, one the upper of each wing.

Thank you Mark & Barry for your help and thoughts on the Raven, much appreciated.

Thanks too to Dave, ref. your comment on the Eagle. It's all interesting.

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White winged Raven

Postby grahame » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:33 am

I thought that leucism was normally bilaterally symmetrical.
Good summary here - British Birds 02/2013; 106(1-56):17-29.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:46 pm

Agreed Grahame, the corvids I have seen with leucistic feathers have always been symmetrical. I.e. Primaries or secondaries on both wings having the same white feathers.
No problem Stephen, we're all happy to help.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:08 pm

Eassie crossroads, (A94 Forfar/Coupar Angus ).

4pm

2nd winter Iceland Gull in ploughed field next to crossroads.
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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby LJC » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:44 pm

The white tailed eagle was seen over Carrot Hill by husband out on bike ride on Monday morning.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Stephen Appleton » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:12 am

Mark Caunt wrote:Agreed Grahame, the corvids I have seen with leucistic feathers have always been symmetrical. I.e. Primaries or secondaries on both wings having the same white feathers.
No problem Stephen, we're all happy to help.


Many thanks Grahame & Mark, very much appreciated. It's seems most likely then that the bird I observed was indeed a leucistic Raven or should I say a Raven with some leucistic feathers!

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:29 pm

Talking about Ravens...

Saw one this morning flying over Restenneth Moss on the Montrose road at 0820. That's a first in my 18 years of driving on that road twice a day!

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:08 pm

Kinnordy Loch 9.30am

male Marsh Harrier
single Sand Martin..... followed by two more later in the morning.
also several Chiffchaffs singing.

Still have the Blackcap in my garden along with 4 Brambling, 7 Redpoll , 4 Yellowhammer, several Song Thrush and a very bold Rook.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby mike.nicoll » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:16 am

Regards Whoopers and Ravens.
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On 11/03/2016, at Trottick Ponds, Dundee, there was an adult Whooper Swan getting a hard time from the resident male Mute.
The Raven at Balkello Hill is wearing 2 very obvious white wing- tags. It has been there since 2010 when I was made aware of it by Barry Shaw's post on this website. It was probably marked by Dave Anderson in Central but I haven't been able to get close enough to read the tag. I was wondering if Barry Farquarson fancied the challenge of getting a photo of it?
Another question for Barry Shaw this time. How did your tree nesting Ravens at Tealing get on? Also did you see if one of the adults was wing-tagged? I didn't see it last year and thought it had died but was pleasantly surprised to see it building this spring.
Could I repeat my request for sightings in lowland Angus.( my request last year got only one response - thanks, Nicola.)
Can anyone confirm nesting at Ethiehaven?
There is no doubt that they are rapidly spreading their range.
Mike Nicoll.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:18 am

Osprey back at Balgavies this am. 10:10. Chiffchaff calling in wood near roadside carpark. (not the hide carpark)

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Hay » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:02 am

Shelducks in the Glens

I was out and about in the glens this morning and saw quite a few shelduck, in the past I have seen them investigating a set of holes that are occasionally used by either badgers or foxes. Does anyone know if they breed in the glens or are just passing through? Seams strange but I see them every year in certain sites, ie the same corner of a field close to home.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Laird » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:42 pm

Re Raven sightings. Saw one near Lundie flying towards Sidlaws about 4/5 weeks ago

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby barry shaw » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:58 pm

mike.nicoll wrote:Regards Whoopers and Ravens.
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On 11/03/2016, at Trottick Ponds, Dundee, there was an adult Whooper Swan getting a hard time from the resident male Mute.
The Raven at Balkello Hill is wearing 2 very obvious white wing- tags. It has been there since 2010 when I was made aware of it by Barry Shaw's post on this website. It was probably marked by Dave Anderson in Central but I haven't been able to get close enough to read the tag. I was wondering if Barry Farquarson fancied the challenge of getting a photo of it?
Another question for Barry Shaw this time. How did your tree nesting Ravens at Tealing get on? Also did you see if one of the adults was wing-tagged? I didn't see it last year and thought it had died but was pleasantly surprised to see it building this spring.
Could I repeat my request for sightings in lowland Angus.( my request last year got only one response - thanks, Nicola.)
Can anyone confirm nesting at Ethiehaven?
There is no doubt that they are rapidly spreading their range.
Mike Nicoll.

Hi mike the ravens reared 1 chick in the nest beside me,there not there this year I'm sure non of the adults were wing tagged.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Stephen Appleton » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:32 pm

Mark Caunt wrote:Osprey back at Balgavies this am. 10:10


Thanks Mark, popped by to view and found 2x Ospreys at Balgavies this evening; 18:18 - 18:35

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jean Cobb » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:32 pm

Chiffchaffs singing at Morton Lochs and Balmerino Abbey,yesterday 29 March. Jim & Jean Cobb

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jean Cobb » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:27 pm

Chiffchaff singing at Broughty Ferry nature reserve,5pm today. Jim Cobb

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Two Marsh Harriers males - Kinnordy

Postby Alex Shepherd » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:15 pm

Two Marsh Harrier males seen at the same time at Kinnordy today, 30/3/2016, shortly afterwards a single Osprey caught a Pike out from the Gullery Hide. Also some Teal remaining, 2 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, at least 2 Whooper Swans and Lapwings, Oystercatchers and Shovelers. Water Rail heard before lunch and again around 1530.

Wheatear at Balintore, thanks to Grahams directions. Should have had the map book, oops.

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:16 am

31 March Arbroath Keptie pond Mute Swan nest building

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Re: MARCH 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby mike.nicoll » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:58 am

30/03/2016
3 Chiffchaffs singing, along Dighty , between Grange and 7-Arches. Also 1 Moorhen and a Kingfisher. Mike Nicoll.


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