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5 - MAY 2016 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun May 01, 2016 3:10 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for MAY 2016

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Gordon Anderson » Sun May 01, 2016 8:08 pm

Common Whitethroat on cliffs at Auchmithie. Grey Wagtail in Cliffburn gulley.
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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun May 01, 2016 9:12 pm

Kinnordy Loch.

Yellow Wagtail on bogbean from Gullery hide, different bird from the one earlier in the week.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Mon May 02, 2016 1:30 pm

2 May 2016. Did feeders at the forest today. Species seen Great Tit, Blue ~Tit, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, Siskin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Gold Finch,Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff. There is no book to record species perhaps Norrie can sort this out.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Mon May 02, 2016 6:14 pm

Yellow Wagtail at the close beside my shop again on and off throughout the day (Doig's Montrose)

It was quiet being a bank holiday so I managed to track it - it is flying between my close and some scrappy ground at the back of the Bank of Scotland.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Mon May 02, 2016 8:15 pm

1 short eared owl hunting the grass area at Arbroath cliffs beside the 3 sisters at 5.00 pm today

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Mon2nd/Tue 3rd May 2016 - AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue May 03, 2016 9:42 pm

Mon 2nd/Tue 3rd May 2016 - AGV Messages
AGV:
Monday 2nd May:
Male Whinchat in field on left as u approach Dam wall at Back Water Resevoir.
Bob McCurley

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Tues 3rd May:
Male whinchat on fences along last field on the right before car park at the end of the road past Backwater Dam.
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Montrose Area

Postby Alex Shepherd » Wed May 04, 2016 12:41 pm

Tuesday May 3rd 2016 - throughout the day

At least one Common Tern fishing with Sandwich Terns at Glaxo.
46 Black-tailed Godwits still around the Basin, 6-8 are ringed but not all photographed yet, or well.
2 Little Ringed Plover, male and female also seen.
Male Wheatear near the Shelduck Hide.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Wed May 04, 2016 10:28 pm

Popped into Balgavies this afternoon and was asked by a couple already in the hide about an Osprey they'd noticed perched up by the nest with a blue ring and an aerial on its back. I took some photos, knowing it wasn't one of the resident pair, and checked later at home. Turns out it is Blue YD - a male born there in 2012, whose transmitter has stopped working but was spotted on the Eden in Fife last August and again in January in Senegal. He's made it 'home'.

A wee bit of 'history' of Blue YD.

http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org. ... g/blue-yd/

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu May 05, 2016 12:10 pm

05/05/02016 Elliot 11.00 1st Sedge singing in reed bed, House Martins nest building at club house.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Allan Hall » Thu May 05, 2016 3:03 pm

Grasshopper warbler on Dean Water this morning. No pulic access to site

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Thu May 05, 2016 9:05 pm

Swift over Arklay Street area of Dundee at 2000 tonight (Thursday 5th May).

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5th MAY 2016 Swifts Barnhill

Postby joncook » Thu May 05, 2016 9:29 pm

Four Swifts screaming over Barnhill, Broughty Ferry tonight, made walking to the polling station well worthwhile. This equals my earliest record here from 2008 and unusual I think to hear them screaming when first back.
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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu May 05, 2016 9:51 pm

Kinnordy Loch 5pm - 7pm

drake Scaup with 105 tufted duck
15 Black-tailed Godwits
my 1st Swift of the year with Swallows hawking over the Lily Pond.
Treecreeper nest with adults feeding young
at least 2 White Wagtails still present
2 wheatear on recently sown barley field next to loch.

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Thursday 5th May 2016 - Whinchat, Marsh Harrier, Swift

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu May 05, 2016 9:56 pm

Date & Time:Thursday 5th May 2016
Species:Whinchat, Marsh Harrier, Swift
Details: A Whinchat at 8:30am on the wall by the track in between Windyhills and castlesea bay.
Male Marsh Harrier hunting over an Angus Crop field at 12:30pm mobbed by corvids.
1st Swift of the year for me tonight at 9:20pm insect catching over the Brothock Burn, Arbroath.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri May 06, 2016 6:24 pm

Backwater Dam 4.30pm

male Cuckoo on wires near top carpark.

Kinnordy Loch 5.30pm

at least 6 Swifts over loch.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat May 07, 2016 4:41 pm

walk to Loch Lee

5 ring Ouzel at the loch, Merlin up on the tops and a Cuckoo.

Plenty Redstarts & Tree Pipits on the walk up next to the river and a Spotted Flycatcher just below the loch.
Common Sandpipers singing at the river too, also several Adders.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Alex Smith » Sun May 08, 2016 12:02 pm

Saturday 7may loch Lee 9 am to 14.30
Went for walk to falls of unich and beyond Many species seen ( for me anyway) including gus's van. Accompanied by colleague from work Martin

Highlights redstart ring ouzels (loads at far end of loch towards bridge) tree pipit redpoll siskin common sandpiper wheatear teal dipper snipe peregrine Merlin kestrel osprey numerous willow warbler curlew mistle thrush

Martin also had red kite at foot of glen

On top had some blue hares but missed out on golden plover which I would have expected

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jim Carter » Sun May 08, 2016 3:25 pm

Montrose Basin, 08 May 2016
Hen Harrier over Lurgies
Two Ospreys over Basin

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8th MAY 2016 Balgavies

Postby joncook » Sun May 08, 2016 6:51 pm

Two Garden Warblers singing at Balgavies midday today, one at the hide car park, the other at the old station. Plus all our other common warblers on the one site; 1 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Sedge Warblers and 13 Willow Warblers. Together with the resident songbirds, an absolute delight. A total of 38 species.
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Easthaven Webs Count 8/5/2016

Postby Alex Shepherd » Sun May 08, 2016 7:02 pm

8th May 2016 on a rising tide near Eastahven

Two Whimbrels between Craigmill and Easthaven today on my Webs, also 27 Ringed Plover, Dunlin and 12 Gannets fishing close to the tide line.

Note, also my Hide Rota today. Can I ask that anyone visiting the hide to take some food with them as it has all but run out after filling three feeders today.

No sign of the Dunnock at the hide with Avian Pox but I found my third bird recently with the disease, this time in my garden, a Coal Tit. Good hygiene is essential at feeders but despite continually cleaning my feeders I have a case. As an infrequent visitor I'm hoping it's picked it up elsewhere. Rather than posting a photo of the Coal Tit you can find two photos on my blog here, it's not for the faint hearted, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/avian-pox-and-bird-feeder-hygiene.html

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Sunday 8th May 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun May 08, 2016 9:06 pm

Sunday 8th May 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Sunday 8th May:
3 garden warblers plus orange tip butterfly atPowmouth. Female redstart at Castlesea Bay gully. 10am.
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Sunday 8th May 2016 - AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun May 08, 2016 10:47 pm

AGV:
Sunday 8th May:
Two glossy ibis circling reed bed looking to roost ca 200m short of shelduck hide.
Simon Busuttil

AGV:
Sunday 8th May:
Two glossy ibis now grounded and in view as per location previous text. 9:19pm.
Simon Busuttil

AGV:
Sunday 8th May:
Final message on the two glossy ibis. They settled in the reedbed on the slunks at approx NO671581 and were not seen to leave.
Simon Busuttil

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Cairngorms National Park- local

Postby Dave Adam » Mon May 09, 2016 9:41 am

Dotterel x 8
Golden Plover x 4
Ptarmigan x 6
Raven x 2
Golden Eagle x 2
Wheatear x 1
Meadow Pipit x 6......... low numbers this year?
Ring Ouzels heard singing at 2 sites
Dunlin heard with Golden Plovers
Common Sandpiper x 2
Wigeon x 1
Teal x 6
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Palmate Newt x 2

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May 9th Montrose Basin and Powmouth Birds

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon May 09, 2016 7:45 pm

May 9th Lurgies Montrose Basin - SLUNKS from LURGIES - 2 GARGANEY Male AND Female-- plus 2 LITTLE PLOVER - 2 COMMON SANDPIPERS - DUNLIN -

May 9th Powmouth - NO. 655578 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - GARDEN WARBLER- BLACKCAP- WILLOW WARBLER- 2 DIPPER -

MAY 9TH ARBIRLOT TRAIL ARBROATH NO 6040 WHITETHROAT - SEDGE WARBLER - BLACKCAP - CHIFFCHAFF

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Mon May 09, 2016 9:05 pm

1 cuckoo calling for over an hour on balkello hill in the sidlaws,4.00pm-5.05 pm,the bird is at the top beside the trees,i saw the raven with the white wing tags ,it was too distant to get a decent pic of,lots of willow warblers in the trees at the base of the hill plus chiff chaffs /yellow hammers ,several bullfinches also seen

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Monday 9th May 2016 - AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon May 09, 2016 11:08 pm

Monday 9th May 2016 - AGV Messages
AGV:
Monday 9th May:
2 Ibis still, feeding near shelduck hide. 7:05am
Hugh Bell

AGV:
Monday 9th May:
Ibis now flew over bank to small pool area 30mtrs SE of Shelduck hide out of view. Am off to work!
Hugh Bell

AGV:
Monday 9th May:
Male and Female Garganey on Slunks from Lurgies.
Bob heading for Shelduck hide area

AGV:
Monday 9th May:
No sign of glossy ibis since Hugh's last sighting. Pair of Garganey still viewable on slunks, Montrose basin at 11. (Viewed from shelduck hide path)
MCau

AGV:
Monday 9th May:
1 glossy ibis feeding on waters edge between Maryton Ditch and Old Montrose Pier. 1.20pm
GMS.

AGV:
Monday 9th May:
1 glossy ibis and one short eared owl both within 20 metres of shelduck hide. 8.30 pm.
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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue May 10, 2016 8:38 am

10 May 2016 Victoria Park during webs count found 5 Turnstones in full breeding plumage, but they were not being cooperative for a photo.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby L. Thomson » Tue May 10, 2016 9:07 pm

Tuesday 10th May 7.00pm
Glossy Ibis near Shelduck hide. Was on boggy strip beside fence on track 50 yards from hide. Saw me before I saw it, so only got in-flight views as it went East to edge of Basin.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Alex Shepherd » Tue May 10, 2016 9:36 pm

4 Whimbrel near Annat Bank/Glaxo at 1335, 10/5/2016. Eventually the dog traffic proved too much. 2 more at Easthaven on Sunday and 3 flew past Arbroath at the Brewhouse on Monday.

Whimbrels and other photos from around Montrose here, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/whimbrels-moving-through.html

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May 11th - SEDGE WARBLER BACK

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed May 11, 2016 1:55 pm

MAY 11TH 9-30AM CRAIG MILL DEN - SEDGE WARBLER BACK ON TERRITORY - plus BLACKCAP - WILLOW WARBLER - GREY WAGTAIL -

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Glossy Ibis, and Fat Fingers - Whimbrel

Postby Alex Shepherd » Wed May 11, 2016 6:34 pm

The Glossy Ibis was at the Shelduck Hide today at 1435 but almost immediately flew away when two walkers and a dog walked down the path. I had avoided the muddy path and sneaked along the back of the bank and into the hide without being seen. Later, about 1445 I met a birder who had seen a Crane fly into the Slunks/Lurgies area which I couldn't locate, I'd have confidence in his sighting.

Today's text report of 33 Whimbrel at the Wigeon Hide should have read 3 Whimbrel, I can't blame cold fingers instead I couldn't read the screen for the glare. The Pink Foot Geese number was correct at 42.

Link to video of the Glossy Ibis
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Wednesday 10th May 2016 - Glossy Ibis

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu May 12, 2016 12:07 am

Date & Time:Wednesday 10th May 2016 - 8:45pm
Species: Glossy Ibis, Black-tailed Godwit
Details: After being given the run around on Monday...arrived at the Shelduck Hide at 6:30pm. The Glossy Ibis flew in at 8:45pm ish and began feeding in the field behind the hide.
It also took to the air occasionally and repositioned in the field before flying over the bank and being lost to view at around 9:15pm ish. Neil Black, Adam Caird and Doug Milne also present in the hide.
Also approx 18+ Black-tailed Godwits flying over and stopping briefly on shingle exposed by receeding tide. Osprey over a couple of times also.

(Sorry Alex when I put out your text I just copied and pasted. Pesky fat fingers.... :lol: )

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May 12th MONTROSE BASIN - GLOSSY IBIS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu May 12, 2016 7:02 pm

MAY 12TH -- 11-15AM GLOSSY IBIS - From Shelduck Hide - after a long wait it suddenly appeared at the small pool on Left of Shelduck Hide , giving good photographic opportunities
This was my second attempt but it was well worth the effort --

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Thursday 12th May 2016 - AGV Message

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri May 13, 2016 12:37 am

Thursday 12th May 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Thursday 12th May:
Glossy Ibis was seen again at 7:30 at shelduck hide by 4 birders before flying away.
(Not seen by me but reported by a reliable friend.)
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Friday 13th May 2016 - AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri May 13, 2016 8:33 am

Friday 13th May 2016 - AGV Messages
AGV:
Friday 13th May:
Ibis in flight at 5.15am landed out of sight on the saltmarsh between Shelduck and Wigeon hides.

Currently not present at Shelduck hide at 6.10am.
Rob NN

AGV:
Friday 13th May:
Glossy Ibis showing well by Shelduck hide. Then flew east to edge of basin at 11.30.
Present for 20 minutes.
Rob NN

AGV:
Friday 13th May:
Glossy ibis at pool beside Shelduck Hide, Montrose Basin. 1800.
Ian Laird

AGV:
Friday 13th May:
Glossy ibis in thin watery strip next to muddy path near the Shelduck Hide, Montrose Basin at 20:40.
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Carnoustie Golf Links

Postby Alex Shepherd » Fri May 13, 2016 8:48 pm

Friday May 13th 2016 - 1330-1515

38 species seen today at the west end and centre of the links despite a cold wind. Chiffchaffs singing at the parking area for the practice course, Swans, Little Grebe and Willow Warblers breeding on the site and last years list was over 70 species.

Please feel free to explore the golf courses as part of the clubs role performed to assess and collate bird numbers and species on the three courses. If you have Bird Track access please add a list or casual report, if not please send me your data which I will add under the clubs name. My email is on the right hand of this report, click the envelope icon. The Golf Links Committee made a large donation to the club last year in recognition of our work in 2015. Last year we arranged a guided walk which can be done again if members wish.

Separately in my front garden in Arbroath today in a small apple tree, 3 metres from my window a Magpie, showing they are spreading throughout Angus and not so shy.

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri May 13, 2016 11:05 pm

Kinnordy Loch

Had my first Magpie at the Kirriemuir end of the loch this evening, along the Drain Edge path.
Also saw Whitethroat, Dipper, Blackcap & Grey Wagtail

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Re: MAY 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat May 14, 2016 8:43 pm

A run up Glen Prosen and home by Lednathie late afternoon ;

2 Redstart
2 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Raven
2 Whinchat
4 Tree Pipit
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Dipper

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May 14th Barry Buddon / Carnoustie Bay Birds

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat May 14, 2016 9:21 pm

May14th Barry Buddon Birds - WHEATEARS 3 WHITETHROAT 1 WILLOW WARBLERS 4 CHIFFCHAFF singing 1 - SWALLOWS Nesting -

May 14th CARNOUSTIE BAY - From Barry Buddon =- 2 RED THROATED DIVERS - 12 COMMON SCOTER - 2 GUILLEMOT - 3 GANNETS - 2 CORMORANTS - 3 SANDWICH TERN -


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