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1 - JANUARY 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:14 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for JANUARY 2008
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Jan. 1st. 2008 LESSER YELLOW LEGS - RUFF

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:38 pm

JAN. 1ST. 9-15A.M. LESSER YELLOW LEGS

Rossie Spit , at N.O. 706567 under Viaduct Montrose Basin , Long Staying bird

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Jan. 1st. 12-30 pm. RUFF at Westhaven Harbour by Carnoustie

at N.O. 573348 This could be the first overwintering

RUFF for Angus
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Bewicks Swans Montrose Basin Thurs

Postby Neil Mitchell » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:37 pm

Happy New Year Everyone.
The two adult Bewicks swans (and 2 Juvs) were back in Seacrook the field beside the Shelduck hide NO 678578 amongst the Whoopers and mutes.
Please don't venture beyond the gateway to the field as this will scare the birds off the feed and its has taken reserve staff alot of effort to get the bulk of the birds away from farmers crops and into this area.

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Lesser Yellowlegs Montrose Basin Thurs 3rd

Postby Neil Mitchell » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:37 pm

The lesser yellowlegs was in front of the centre around 14:00 then flew towards Maryton.

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Southesk river , Brechin

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:28 pm

5 x Goldeneye, 6 x Mallard, 8 x Goosander, 1 x Cormorant, 1 x Buzzard, 1 x Dipper, 1 x Heron. The river is in receding spate.
P.S. On subject of the Common Buzzard that looked odd at Montrose harbour - I got a brief glimpse of a weird Buzzard passing under Brechin Bridge 2 weeks ago, very variegated plumage mainly tawny tan-yellow with streaks of buffy white. Not the usual recipe for the local Buzzards, didn't see it again.
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Kinnaber and Ferryden - Sunday morning

Postby Gordon Anderson » Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:04 pm

On the lade at Fisherhills 1 pair Mallard; Moorhen; 2 Grey Heron; blackbird;chaffinch;blue tit; robin;
On the river Gt Black backed gull; herring gulls; Mew Gull; Black headed gull; 15 eurasian wigeon; 25 eurasian teal; 30 goldeneye; 5 goosander; 2 little grebe; 3 redshank; 7 dunlin; 6 knot; 6 ringed plover; great cormorant; buzzard; kestrel; 6 carrion crow;
flock of around 50 linnets in fields by Kinnaber house.
At Ferryden on R South Esk 2 pairs of goosander; common Eider; gt black backed gull; herring gulls and black headed gulls; turnstone and oyster catcher;gt cormorant
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Sunday 6th January 2008 - Bewicks Swan

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:22 pm

Date & Time: Sunday 6th January 2008 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Species: Bewicks Swan
Details: There was 4x Bewicks Swans (2 imm and 2 adults) again in the field adjacent to the Shelduck Hide at 2:00 this afternoon.
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Sunday Jan. 6th. BEWICK SWANS - BRENT GEESE - JACK SNIPE

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:17 pm

6TH. JAN. 11 A.M. BEWICK SWANS 2 ADS. 2 JUVS.

IN BAY TO THE RIGHT OF THE WIGEON HIDE - MID-WAY BETWEEN THE SHELDUCK HIDE AND THE WIGEON HIDE .

6TH. JAN. BRENT GEESE ( Pale Bellied ) in Field on Right hand side of Maryton Farm ,viewed from main road . feeding with Pinkfeet.

6th Jan. 9-30A.M. JACK SNIPE 1 In Elliot Reed Bed , flushed on Right hand side of Reed Bed after crossing over Railway line at level crossing --- Also 7 COMMON SNIPE SEEN

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Avocet at Wigeon Hide, Montrose Basin 08/01/08

Postby HarryB » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:37 pm

John Hendrie found an Avocet at the Wigeon Hide today at 12:40.
Bird showing well.

Also Rob Noble-Nesbitt confirms the Lesser Yellowlegs was again at Rossie Island (south-east corner of Montrose Basin - behind Bridge End Garage) this morning at 10:00.
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Avocet

Postby Gordon Anderson » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:47 pm

Monday afternoon 2 Red legged Partridge on the Farnell to Brechin road and in the evening a Tawny Owl in the trees overhanging the road at Carcary Farm on the Montrose/Forfar road.
The Avocet found this morning by John Hendrie was still present in heavy rain as darkness fell tonight. It was clearly visible and feeding actively amongst the redshanks as the tide began to ebb in front of the Wigeon hide. Also present in this sector of the Basin - 1 bar tailed Godwit; around 20 Pintail, 15 Shoveler; numerous Eurasian Wigeon and a scattering of Shelduck. Numerous Curlews in low lieing fields behind the dyke. Also a flock of Goldfinch foraging at the high water mark.
To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Tuesday 8th Jan 2008 - Taiga Bean Goose

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:19 pm

From Birdguides Website today (Tuesday 8th Jan 2008)
Taiga Bean Goose with Pink footed Geese north of the A926 north of Forfar Loch this afternoon.

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10th Jan - RSPB Loch of Kinnordy

Postby Hannah Morton » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:57 pm

There has been a Hen Harrier around Kinnordy for the past few days, showing well from swamp hide.

A work of warning if you are planning to visit the reserve, there is so much water that the path has flooded in places. To get to swamp hide wellies are advisable, water is just below ankle depth.

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Avocet & Lesser Yellow legs

Postby Gordon Anderson » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:59 pm

Shortly after 12 noon an Avocet was present on Rossie Spit observed by several birders from the back of Rossie Island. A short time later the Lesser Yellow legs was located in the same general area NO704566.
To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Maryton Farm, Montrose 11/01/0

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:39 pm

The 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were feeding again with Pink-footed Geese at Maryton Farm today. Also, the Bewick's Swans were in the River South Esk this afternoon just down from the SWT Shelduck Hide. Two adults + two imms. Swimming with the Whooper Swans.
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Hen Harrier

Postby Allan Hall » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:32 pm

Ring tail still at west end of Kinnordy this afternoon. Hannah's warning about footwear still applies!

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Avocet, Bewick's Swans, Lesser Yellowlegs & Green Sandpi

Postby HarryB » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:54 pm

12/01/08 MONTROSE bASIN
Ian Kelman found a Green Sandpiper at The Slunks and re-found the Bewick's Swans off the mouth of the South Esk as it enters the Basin.
The Bewick's flew into Maryton Bay, but slowly swam back to just off the point off the area known as Lady Erskine's Bank. That's the point on the north side of the Basin where the river enters it.
The Avocet was eventually re-found from the Wigeon Hide and the Lesser Yellowlegs was seen in the morning until at least 11:00, but not seen as the tide rose.
Also a Greenshank there and the (now regular) Greater Scaup flock, numbering 28 was seen to the north of the Basin on the north side of the main channel.
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Upper Glen Esk

Postby Dave Adam » Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:35 pm

5 x Whooper Swans (1 immature), 1 x Goldeneye on Loch Lee. 1 x Snow Bunting, 3 x Peregrine, 1 x Buzzard. Winter group of c.20 x Red Grouse. A strange lack of Ravens on Craig Maskeldie where they are usually seen. I would be interested in reports of Golden Eagles in this area as I have not seen them for a couple of years now.

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Postby DK » Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:46 pm

I have not seen eagles in the area during the last couple of years either but have not spent as much time there during the last two years so its possible that I am just missing them.

Although I am not fully up to speed with what is going on up there at the moment there were a few issues affecting the area in recent years, apologies if you are already aware of these.

Someone I worked with did some research in to the reduction in game bird numbers on a number of beats in the area over a few seasons and found that all the birds they looked at were in a lower state of health than they would expect and that they were all suffering from a heavy infestation by a parasite that I forget the name of.

From another source I belive that this shortage in birds lead to a change in hunting strategy that saw a huge increase in the number of hares being shot.

A string of mild winters leading to less carrion than usual at an important time of year ?

A significant reduction in the real numbers of deer being shot = less "leftovers" left lying around on the hill ? :wink:

If their food sources are scarce in that area I would guess that the chances are high that they may be occupying another part of their territory where the situation is better.

I hope to spend a fair bit of time in the area this year and can let you know about any eagle/raven sightings.

The general comments I do hear from people walking or cycling in the area do tend towards less wildlife than in the past apart from snakes and toads which seem to be on the increase.

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Barn Owl on A92 north of Kinnaber Farm turn off 13/01/08

Postby HarryB » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:36 pm

A Barn Owl flew across the road on the A92 just north of the turn off for Kinnaber Farm tonight at 19:55. (North of Montrose)
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Sunday Jan. 13th BEWICK SWANS - GREEN SANDPIPER-

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:52 pm

Sunday 13th. Jan. BEWICK SWANS - GREEN SANDPIPER

12-30PM. BEWICK'S SWANS - 2Ads. 2 Juvs. seen from both the MONTROSE BASIN CENTRE itself and closer from The Lurgies .

12-30pm/ GREEN SANDPIPER 1 Seen up The Slunks from the Lurgies Footpath . ALSO 2 GREENSHANK on the Lurgies

12Noon LESSER YELLOWLEGS Still present showing well from Rossie Spit , under the Viaduct

On the annual Wader Watch (R.S.P.B. /A.D.B.C.) joint outing 18 Wader Species were recorded

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First nesting bird of the year! 14/01/08

Postby HarryB » Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:31 pm

Mickey Mellon has been to identify a bird, which was reported in today's 'The Courier', as nesting at a B&B in Arbroath.
It is almost certainly (Mickey says 99.99% certain) a Blacbirdl
Normally nesting birds are not discussed on this webpage, but the publicity in a local newspaper makes that kinda unavoidable.
This has happened in the past, particularly in Christmas displays, where the heat of the lights appears to make survival possible against the elements. Nevertheless, it's a great record.
Maybe 'only' a Blackbird, but isn't it great?
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Adult Mediterraean Gull at Arbroath Harbour 14/01/08

Postby HarryB » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:05 pm

Bob McCurley has found an adult Mediterranean Gull at Broughty Ferry Harbour at 15:15 today (Monday 14th)
That's the first this year.
NOTE* This is a correction to previous report which stated 'Arbroath Harbour'
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John Hendrie

Postby John Hendrie » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:43 pm

Small form Canada Goose in field adjacent to Shelduck hide along with Bewick 1,Whooper 42, Greylag c40,

Lesser yellowlegs still at Rossie, over 3000 Knot, and at 1420hrs. 2 Peregrine hunting causing mayhem! What a sight, about 4000 waders frantic over Rossie spit

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Wed. Jan 16th. SLAVONIAN GREBE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:32 pm

Jan. 16th. 11-50a.m. SLAVONIAN GREBE 1

In Carnoustie Bay , Opposite Golf Course Hotel

Also in Bay 12 COMMON SCOTER

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AVOCET POSSIBLE! This week

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:43 pm

I know; A stupid message!
I was told today at the SWT Wildlife Centre, that the Avocet was seen again, at Rossie Spit 'Yesterday, or Wednesday!'
From that - despite the lack of further information - I deduce we haven't lost the Avocet from this area.
Please, if you re-find it, notify this website and your textvine group leader as soon as possible
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AVOCET at Rossie Spit Friday 18 January 13:35

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:13 pm

Neil Mitchell has just re-located the Avocet at Rossie Spit (behind Bridge End Garage, Montrose). Tide is dropping just now.
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Avocet FRIDAY

Postby Neil Mitchell » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:47 pm

The Avocet is still at Rossie Spit 13:30 today FRIDAY.

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Richard's Pipit at Auchmithie Fri 18 Jan pm

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:32 pm

A Richard's Pipit was found at Auchmithie NO673437 in a Brussell's Sprouts field yesterday and was there again this afternoon. Info from Birdline Scotland
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Bonaparte's gull Montrose

Postby simonbusuttil » Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:51 am

Saturday 1030 am Bonaparte's gull by the road bridge into Montrose. On the north side opposite the Shell garage, closer to the statue of the dog with the hat at small car park area, than the other, 'Seafarer' statue.

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Richard's Pipit at Auchmithie Sat 19 Jan am

Postby HarryB » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:11 pm

Richard's Pipit was re-found at Auchmithie NO673437 in a Brussell's Sprouts field this morning, by Bob McCurley and others.
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Sat. Jan.19th. RICHARDS PIPIT

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:44 pm

Jan. 19th. 10-30 a.m. RICHARD'S PIPIT 1
Showing well at Auchmithie NO. 673433 . Take coastal path south from Auchmithie village and in 700yards there is a red /white house on left hand side , the bird was showing well in sprout field just before you get to the house .

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Richard's Pipit, L Yellowlegs etc Sunday20 January

Postby HarryB » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:16 pm

Richard's Pipit is at the same place as last report. Avocet at Rossie Soit again, with Lesser Yellowlegs today
Also Bewick's Swans were in the field behind Shelduck Hide, until frightened on to the Basin. Were clearly visible from Old Montrose Pier at 14.00.
Green Sandpiper seen in The Slunks when tide was low.
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Magpie

Postby Roy Adamson » Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:01 pm

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Magpie in crack willow in my garden, eating a chaffinch. Near Lunan Bay. 1pm today. Also nice pair of stonechats in the field next to my garden.

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Mon. Jan. 21st. AVOCET - CORN BUNTINGS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:40 pm

Jan. 21st. 11-30 am. AVOCET 1 still present at Rossie Spit

Jan 21st 1350 pm. CORN BUNTINGS 40 AT Boghead Farm at N.O. 681 463

Jan. 21st 12noon CURLEWS 63 From ADBC Hide Lunan /Bay at shoreline at High tide

Jan. 21st 10.30 a.m. Montreathmont Forest Hide area

4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS , 2 GREEN WOODPECKERS
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19 Jan Lintrathen

Postby Clive McKay » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:24 pm

19th Jan Lintrathen - first summer visitor

Returning Oycs are usually the first sign of spring here - around mid-Feb, but a returning Shelduck on Saturday on a small shooting pond east of Lintrathen took the award. At least 2 pairs bred here last year - a fair distance inland.

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Lesser Yellowlegs and Pied Avocet at Rossie Spit 22/01/08

Postby HarryB » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:41 pm

Both birds at Rossie Spit untill at least lunchtime today.

CAN YOU HELP by supplying SWT Centre Montrose, with a picture of the Avocet? Neil Mitchell needs to attach a picture of the bird, to a press release.

If you can help, please contact Neil at 01674 676336.
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Yellowhammers

Postby Nicola Main » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:40 pm

Had two Yellowhammers in the garden this morning about 9 o'clock. Being a smallish urban garden this is a good record for me and a first!

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Jan.22nd. RICHARDS PIPIT -- AVOCET, LESSER Y/LEGS ETC.

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:27 pm

Jan. 22nd. 1330HRS. RICHARDS PIPIT At Aucmithie in same location as last post , showing well on short grass, just before House on Left of track on Coastal path going South from Auchmithie

Jan 22nd AVOCET and LESSER YELLOWLEGS still present Rossie Spit Montrose Basin

Jan. 22nd. 10a.m. FULMARS 4 Back on Redcastle ruins Lunan Bay

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Postby DK » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:04 pm

21st Jan #250 Wigeon and around 200 Mallard between Hatton works and West Haven.

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Avocet Wednesday

Postby Neil Mitchell » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:18 pm

The Avocet is back on Rossie Spit again 10.00 haven't looked for the LYlegs but I assume its around.


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