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12 - DECEMBER 2016 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:39 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for DECEMBER 2016

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:27 am

AGV:
Friday 2nd December:
25+ Waxwings in the tall trees at Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir & feeding in the close surrounding area. 12:55pm.
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Leucistic Tree Sparrow

Postby Alex Shepherd » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:42 pm

Spotted today in my garden along with another thirteen Tree Sparrows, a leucistic Tree Sparrow or one missing the black pigment if not more.


This photo is linked from my blog if it doesn't display properly here, and more photos and video links on the blog, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/


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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:26 pm

AGV:
Sunday 4th November:
Adult Mediterranean Gull at Arbroath Esplanade. 9am.
GMS

AGV:
Sunday 4th December:
Big flock of passerines at Boghead Farm including at least 30 corn buntings. 10am.
GMS

AGV:
Sunday 4th December:
38 waxwings in Ferryden at junction of Usan Road. 11.50am
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Sunday 4th December:
Lintrathen Loch 10.30am. American wigeon, green-winged teal.
Gus Guthrie

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:59 pm

AGV:
Monday 5th December:
American Wigeon still from old hide, Lintrathen.
Doug Milne

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DECEMBer 4th - White Tailed Sea Eagle

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:24 pm

December 4th White Tailed Sea Eagle seen at Back Water Resevoir - Ref. info from Club Member Joy Cammock

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American Wigeon and Bramblings

Postby Alex Shepherd » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:21 am

The American Wigeon was showing well from the old hide at Lintrathen, it adopts a Coot and follows it and feeds on dislodged weed when the Coot surfaces, some of Eurasian Wigeon do the same, if the Coot stops they adopt a new Coot. Also, Pochard, Canada and Greylag Geese, Teal, Tufties, Goldeneye, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinches, two Crossbills, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Whoopers.

East of the new hide towards the back of the sawmill the passerine flock now numbers at least 400 birds and many are Bramblings, a photo taken for ID had 93 birds in it and all but 4 were Bramblings. Late afternoon the flock was flushed from the lochside trees by a Merlin.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:16 pm

AGV:
Thursday 8th December:
15 waxwings at Nursery Road, Broughty Ferry just north of shopping centre. 10.15am.
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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:50 pm

AGV:
Friday 9th December:
Around 50 waxwings, bennan gardens off nursery rd, barnhill.
11 am.
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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jean Cobb » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:24 pm

c.50 Waxwings Craigie Drive,Dundee today at 1pm. Jim Cobb

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Merlin

Postby Alex Shepherd » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:05 pm

A Merlin near the Wigeon Hide, Montrose Basin, 10/12/2016 around 1230.
40 Fieldfares on the old railway embankment on the way to the hides.
No birds at all at the usual Twite site, the track junction.
A large number of mixed songbird species calling in the reedbeds.

3 Grey Partridges in the large stubble field at Mains of Usan and a flock of 300-400 Starlings towards Scurdie Ness.
Another raptor, most likely a Sparrowhawk near Fishtown of Usan.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Jim Carter » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:00 pm

11th Dec 2016
Have been watching a male Blackcap feeding on apples in my garden in Montrose all weekend

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:31 pm

AGV:
Saturday 10th December:
American Wigeon still from old hide, Lintrathen.
Doug Milne

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:45 pm

AGV:
Sunday 11th December:
Lintrathen loch 12.20pm. American wigeon showing well from new hide.
Gus Guthrie

AGV:
Sunday 11th December:
60+ Waxwings feeding on Rowans in Kirriemuir between Mary Lane and the Hill. Northmuir.
Gus Guthrie

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Forfar Loch 11/12/16

Postby Gayle Blackie » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:14 pm

Forfar Loch today.

Long Tailed Duck - in the stretch of water near the sand martin bank (either juvie or female).
Waxwings - 100 flew over the loch @ 3:20pm.
Shoveler - (m & f).
Goldeneye - at least 9 drakes seen.
Peregrine Falcon - flew over heading towards the town centre.

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Dec, 12th 50 WAXWINGS AT MONTROSE LINKS HOTEL

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:04 pm

DECEMBER 12TH -- 50 WAXWINGS -- AT MONTROSE MID-LINKS , BESIDE THE LINKS HOTEL BY JULIE CABRELLI - BY SCOTT O,HARA WHO ASKED ME TO POST THIS FOR HIM ON THE ADBC WEBSITE -- BOB

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2 Green Sandpipers at Monikie

Postby Alex Shepherd » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:07 pm

Monday December 12th 2016 - 1135 and 1300
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Two Green Sandpipers just to the east of the fishermen's pier on the Island Pond today at 1135 and 1300, they are wary and fly off when any walker goes past. The water level is down so there is ample "beach" for them to feed on if they can put up with disturbance. Probably best viewed from the elevated path where the ducks get fed on the track to Denfind.


Video of one bird taken into the shadows here, https://youtu.be/2ctgHJrdrs8 a second video from a country mile away showed both birds.
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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:53 pm

AGV:
Monday 12th December:
60 waxwings at the corner of Newhame Road, Montrose 12.05.
Rob NN

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14th DECEMBER 2016 Green Sandpiper

Postby joncook » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:05 pm

One Green Sandpiper between the two jetties at Monikie Island Pond about midday today.
Also a Kingfisher on the island by the jetties.
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Wednesday 14th December 2016 - Waxwings

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:56 pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 11:20am
Species: Waxwing
Details: 30+ Waxwings in trees in between Lilybank and Toll Crescent, Forfar today at 11:20am.
Birds heard calling in flight later in Forfar over the Turfbeg/Forfar Loch Carpark area at 3:40pm.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:37 am

AGV:
Friday 16th December:
American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal still present at Loch of Lintrathen 12.30pm.
GMS

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:23 am

AGV:
Saturday 17th December:
Green sandpiper still at monikie between jetty and island. 8.45 am.
Gus Guthrie

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Saturday 17th December 2016 - Waxwing

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:59 pm

Date & Time: Saturday 17th December 2016 - 11:00am
Species: Waxwing
Details: Single Waxwing calling whilst flying North over Wardykes Ave., Arbroath at 11am.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:16 pm

Kinnordy Loch 9am Bittern flew to far side of loch from near East Hide.

Lintrathen Loch; American Wigeon & Green-winged Teal still present.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Hugh Bell » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:27 pm

Heard what I think was a Tristis/Abietinus Chiffchaff today, it was calling constantly from the trees by the carpark at Crombie Country Park. Didn't get any detail on it! as it flitted around in the company of a small group of Goldcrests.
2 Ravens are also now a daily occurrence.

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Dec. 19th - SNOW BUNTING REPORT

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:12 am

DEC. 19TH - at 8-55am today - ONE SNOW BUNTING - Seen at the 18th Tee on the Buddon Course Carnoustie
I got this report from club member Allan CowaN who asked me to circulate -- Bob

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DECEMBER 19TH - GREEN SANDPIPER -MONIKIE

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:51 pm

DEC. 19TH GREEN SANDPIPER - AT Monikie on shoreline of Island Pond , where large numbers of Swans gather - my 4th attempt ! elusive !

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby stevendoig » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:01 pm

20+ Waxwing in trees on the Old Brechin Rd,Forfar (Just before the hospital) today 1430

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:35 pm

AGV:
Tuesday 20th December:
Small flock of Waxwings in Newton Road/Carlogie Road junction in Carnoustie, flying to garden nearby. 0955.
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Wednesday 21st December:
Bittern seen several times at Kinnordy loch from gullery hide today. Also American wigeon still at Lintrathen loch from New Hide.
Gus Guthrie

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:06 am

AGV:
Friday 23rd December:
Approx 20 waxwings Toys R Us, Dundee.10.33am.
R&K Blackburn

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:26 pm

Lintrathen Loch

American Wigeon & Green-winged Teal both present early afternoon.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGSwaxwings

Postby iain buik » Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:35 pm

Small flock of Waxwings about 15 unable to count due to driving, birds at East Kingsway north east of the DC Thompson HQ on northside of road time 13:20 hrs

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:12 pm

Kinnordy Loch;

Green-winged Teal, Bittern several times and a Ringtail Harrier hunting .

25 Waxwings feeding in Kirriemuir in the area around Kirrie Hill, Northmuir

Lintrathen Loch;

American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal & Green Woodpecker

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby colinlamond » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:35 am

Had a day birdwatching in Angus whilst visiting relatives. We walk along the beach at Monifieth near to Balmossie. There were lots of water here, much more than we are accustomed to in Dorset. Lots of Oyestercatcher, turnstone, dunlin,ringed plover, redshank and bar-tailed godwits. There were good numbers of wigeon, a couple of goosanders in the burn and a few mallard ducks. There were a couple of pink footed geese to. On the sea most of the ducks were eider, with a few goldeneye and red-breasted merganser although there may have been some other species there but they were too far out. Spotted a couple of red-throated diver and one guillemot. At Kinnordy Loch we found quite a few whooper swans. Ducks there were wigeon, gadwall, teal and mallard. We twice saw the bittern flying over the reeds.

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Wednesday 28th December 2016 - Waxwings

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:57 pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 28th December 2016 - 3pm
Species: Waxwing
Details: 48x Waxwings in trees on Arbroath Road, Forfar. (opposite Strang Street) At 3pm.
I also had a single Waxwing last week in Letham behind Jubilee court old folks home. Wednesday 21st December at 12pm approx.

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:52 pm

AGV:
Wednesday 28th December:
30+ Waxwings still feeding between Mart Lane and Kirrie Hill, Northmuir. 9am.
Gus Guthrie

AGV:
Wednesday 28th December:
Green-winged Teal, swamp hide, Kinnordy loch. 11am.
Gus Guthrie

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby colinlamond » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:28 am

Yesterday we walked along the beach at Lunan Bay. There were several large rafts of scoter on the sea. I think they were common and velvet. There were also quite a lot of long-tailed ducks and my wife enjoyed the males only having seen the drab birds we get down south. Amongst one of scoter rafts I counted at least 12 red-throated divers.
Along the cliffs there were fulmars.
I heard a yellowhammer from the car park.
We found a grey wagtail by the stream coming out onto the beach.
There was also a buzzard flying along the cliff top which was chased off by jackdaws and rooks.
In the afternoon, we went up the Kirriemuir hill and found 14 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on some yellow berries in a garden in Mart Lane,

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby L. Thomson » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:44 pm

Thursday 29th December
11.30am : One Little Egret at Kinaber (in pools south of the river estuary).

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Re: DECEMBER 2016 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby colinlamond » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:10 am

Yesterday afternoon we drove up to the Backwater Reservoir. There were few birds around. Near to the car park we found a coal tit, gold rest, wren, robin and a couple of bull-finches. As we walked along the side of the reservoir a redpoll flew over and three ravens. A heron was on the opposite bank. We could see a lot of duck congregated at the top end of the reservoir. Unfortunately, we were over taken by a couple of walkers who decided to leave the path and walk the edge of the reservoir putting the ducks to flight. On group was teal, and i found a lone tufted and female goldeneye. Not sure of the others as they flew off. We found a buzzard on our walk back and a couple of cormorants.
We stopped off at Lintrathen on the drive back to look for the rare ducks recently seen there. I scanned the large wigeon flocks but could not find the American Wigeon. Amongst the large group of teal I found an American Green-winged Teal, the one with the white vertical stripe down the side. There were also goldeneyes, coot and a few whooper swans. Near the hide I found around 6 bramblings. I gave up on the American Wigeon in the failing light. A group of Canada Geese came in just as Ieft.


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