12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

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12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:53 pm

Non Angus Bird Sightings for JANUARY to DECEMBER 2008

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Spotted Sandpiper at Kinnei and Male Smew at RSPB Vane Farm

Postby HarryB » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:45 pm

On Saturday 05/01/08 at least: A Spotted Sandpiper was on the river to the east end of Kinneil Kerse (between the Kerse and Grangemouth Refinery) on Saturday morning. Apparently it has been there for about two weeks.
Also on RSPB Vane Farm, a male and female Smew reported on 03/01/08 and the male was definitely seen on 05/01/08 from the Vane Farm observation window.
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Sedge Warblers at Tay Reed Beds

Postby joncook » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:06 pm

Friday 25th April 2008 am, 2 Sedge Warblers at Tay Reed Beds near Powgavie. Also 1 male Beaded Tit and several Chiffchaffs.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Isabel Smith » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:14 pm

Friday 25th April Wheatears

At least - 12 whaetears on lower slopes of Ben Vrackie (before the loch) . Displaying well

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Monday 5th May 08 - Upland Sandpiper at St Combs

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon May 05, 2008 6:05 pm

From Birdguides Today (Monday 5th May 08)

Upland Sandpiper at St. Combs, Aberdeenshire. Showing well at c.NK059627 this afternoon from 12:30 to 5:00 at least.
Park at Tufted Duck Hotel and walk south through mast fields to view the 2nd ploughed field.

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Saturday 17th May 2008 - Bluethroat

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat May 17, 2008 5:30 pm

Date & Time: Saturday 17th May 2008
Species: Bluethroat
Details: Bluethroat showing well for its 2nd day at Girdle Ness. Favouring the paths and gorse at the south side of the Torry Battery.
Nice bonus was a fox in broad daylight wandering across the greens on the golf course.
Golfers pausing their shots as it passed within a few meters unbothered!


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White-crowned Sparrow in Fife

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed May 21, 2008 6:02 pm

Just in case you havnt heard there was belated news from Saturday which concerned a White-crowned Sparrow in Fife, which was photographed in a garden near St. Michaels by a non birder but has not been seen since.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri May 23, 2008 5:47 pm

From Birdguides today (Fri 23rd May 08)
Male Common Rosefinch in gorse by the Bed and Breakfast this morning at Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire.

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Saturday 31st May 2008 - Rosefinch

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat May 31, 2008 7:57 pm

Date & Time: Saturday 31st May 2008
Species: Rosefinch, Peregrine
Details: Saw 2 female Rosefinches on the Isle of May, Fife today.
Also a pair of Peregrines and all the usual great birds on the Isle.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:25 pm

From Birdguides today - Thursday 5th June 2008
Whiskered Ternat Starnafin Farm, Loch of Strathbeg RSPB, Aberdeenshire. All day from Tower Pool Hide also Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey and 2+ Little Gulls.

Common Crane at Loch of Strathbeg RSPB, Aberdeenshire. Still this afternoon at south end viewable from road to Rattray Head.

Red-footed Falcon 1st-summer female still today at Almondell & Calderwood CP, Lothian vieewed from the viaduct. (Reported there since 25th May 08)

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Friday 6th June 2008 - Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Grey Shrike

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:34 pm

Date & Time: Friday 6th June 2008
Species: Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Grey Shrike
Details: Apologies for late posting due to holidays...
On the way down south twitched the 1st Summer Female Red-footed Falcon at Almondell & Calderwood CP, Lothian.
And also the Lesser Grey Shrike at Long Nanny, Northumberland, whose pictures may interest some.
Unfortunately both birds have now departed these sites.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby howardwix » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:39 pm

My first post here. Would like to thank Bob and other members of the club (and birds) who made my first outing with you all so memorable.
Went on Saturday 05.07.08 to view the 2 Spoonbill at Kinneil Lagoons (between Grangemouth and Bo'ness). Managed excellent views of both including them flying overhead. Not sure if they are still there? Also good numbers of Bar-Tailed Godwit in Summer plumage, Red Breasted Merganser etc.
Also spent an enjoyable 2 1/2 hours watching a Cuckoo (Townhill Country Park nr Dunfermline) sitting on telegraph wires swooping down to feed in field in front of us. Special bird for me as it's my first record for Fife and to see it for so long and being able to study its behaviour was just grand.

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11 July 08 Great Northern Diver

Postby KevH » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:53 pm

Friday 11/07/08 - A Great Northern Diver at SWT Loch Of Lowes.
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Great Northern Diver picture

Postby HarryB » Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:17 pm

Great Norhtern Diver: Superb picture , Kevin. As usual!
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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:44 am

Nice shot Kev!

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby KevH » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:01 pm

Thursday 31/07/08 - 10+ female Goosanders, 6 common Terns, plus the usual 3 Ospreys at SWT loch of Lowes.
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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby KevH » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:38 pm

Thursday 31/07/08 - Tawny Owl in the woods just outside Meikleour.
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Saturday 13th September 2008 - Greater Sand Plover

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:51 pm

Date & Time: Saturday 13th September 2008
Species: Greater Sand Plover, Little Stint
Details: The Greater Sand Plover was showing well throught the scope from 12:15pm till 3:15 at least in the ploughed field on the north side of the Ythan Estuary this afternoon. Present for its 2nd day. Park near the bridge and walk along pathway. MAP LOCATION: 'CLICK ME'
There was also a Little Stint in the same ploughed field, near the path in a small pool.

A terrible fuzzy record digiscoped shot. Bad weather, bad light and distant bird. :(


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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby darellberthon » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:13 pm

Monday 15th September 4pm

Pec Sandpiper at Letham, Fife. Opposite the village there are fields which have been flooded recently. The Pec Sand was in the field on the right along with a green sandpiper. A wood sandpiper has also been reported this past weekend but wasn't there this afternoon.

The Pec is quite difficult to find and takes some scanning of the muddy area. Its been there since saturday and was said to be quite flighty, going between the fields on either side of the road.

Parking is not a problem.

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Monday 15th September 08 - Collared Flycatcher

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:32 pm

Birdguides today Monday 15th September 08....

1st-winter Collared Flycatcher at the northeast end of Fife Ness Muir; access along the path from the coastguard access road by the pink cottage.
Present for its 2nd day!

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:09 pm

The above mentioned Collared has been re-identified as a Pied Flycatcher.
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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Kevin Thomson » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:50 am

Grey Phalarope on rocks at Greyhope Bay, Torry, Aberdeen yesterday. Showing well but only briefly. Disappeared behind rocks but not seen flying off. Last spotted at 1630.

Might be worth checking if you're going to be in the area today.

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby KevH » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:57 pm

60 + Fieldfares & Redwing in Glen Lyon near Invervar today 11:30hrs.[attachment=0]Fieldfare.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]Redwing.jpg[/attachment]
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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Nicola Main » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:07 pm

Gorgeous photos Kev ;)

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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Neil Young » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:23 pm

Barn owl at Balhary near Alyth 12.30am Sun 9th November.

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Wednesday 12th November 2008 - Hooded Merganser

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:30 am

Date & Time: Wednesday 12th November 2008
Species: Hooded Merganser
Details: The female or first winter Hooded Merganser was showing really well at Tayport Pond.
The bird has been present for about 2 weeks. Some speculation to the origin of it but with their being 2 in the country at the moment maybe it stands a chance of being accepted as a wild bird.


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Wednesday 26th November 2008 - Desert Wheatear

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:33 am

Date & Time: Wednesday 26th November 2008
Species: Desert Wheatear
Details: Desert Wheatear showing really well at Nigg Bay, Girdle Ness early this morning. Has been present 3 days at least. I believe Ken Hall found it originally! Nice one Ken!
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Re: JAN to DEC 2008 NON ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby KevH » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:30 pm

10th Dec 2008. From around 10:00-14:20hrs, 30-40 Snow Buntings, 40+ Red Grouse and 5 Ravens around the Glenshee Ski Centre area.
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