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10 - OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:38 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for OCTOBER 2008

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2nd OCTOBER 2008 Barnacle Geese

Postby joncook » Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:01 pm

2nd OCTOBER 2008 4-5pm (high tide) on bank opposite the Lurgies - 8 Barnacle Geese, also 1 Whooper Swan
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October 2nd. BLACKCAPS - TREE SPARROWS

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:26 pm

OCTOBER 2ND. 1400HRS. BLACKCAPS 2 TREE SPARROWS 6 ( Rare in Craigmill Den )

SEEN IN CRAIGMILL DEN - CARNOUSTIE N.O. 578355

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Alan Mowat » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:16 pm

Goshawk, 1/10/08 500m down river from the Gannochy Loups near Edzell.

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Re: FRIDAY 3RD OCT- FIELDFARES

Postby dave b » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:25 pm

FLOCK OF FIELDFARES APPROX.20 ON FORFAR/WELLBANK ROAD 1130AM THIS MORNING ON RETURN FROM MURTON RESERVE.

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Oct. 3rd, SHORT EARED OWL - SURF SCOTERS - LITTLE AUK-

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:10 pm

Oct. 3rd. 1500 hrs. SURF SCOTER 2 LITLE AUK 1 SEEN IN LUNAN BAY NORTH END BY GRAHAM SMITH

Oct. 3rd. 1600hrs. BARNACLE GEESE 2 WITH PINK FEET - Seen by Graham Smith from the Lurgies. Montrose Basin

Oct. 3rd. 1800 hrs. SHORT EARED OWL 1 ON BARRY BIUDDON NORTH . Seen by Bob

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:46 am

1st Oct Condor West no 616 439 2 Swallows moving south

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Pinks at Montrose Sat 4th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:59 am

There were approx. 39,000!! pinks on the basin during this mornings first count for the International Grey Goose Census, and Ben H counted 2,000 at Duns Dish at the same time. Thats around 10,000 more than on the first count last year. Many thanks to all the counters who were up at 5am to help.
Also 70 Greylags were counted.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:38 pm

1 male Surf Scoter still at Lunan Bay this afternoon (Sat).

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby barry shaw » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:42 pm

6 october 1.30
overfinlarg farm glamis
nice juvenile female merlin hunting the stubble fields today,this is the second time i have seen a merlin hunting in this field think it could be the same one,

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6th OCTOBER 2008 Brent Geese

Postby joncook » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:27 pm

2 Brent Geese feeding on Monifieth beach in front of caravan site 5.30pm
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October 8th SPOTTED REDSHANK - BARNACLE GEESE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:44 pm

October 8th SPOTTED REDSHANK 1 1350HRS. SEEN FROM THE LURGIES -N.O. 676577 LOW TIDE

October 8th BARNACLE GEESE 3 1300HRS. SEEN WITH 600 PINKFEET - FROM LURGIES

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:14 pm

From bedroom window at home grid 616415 late Swallow moving south

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby K Hall » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:28 pm

Good views of an Otter working its way upstream from Old Montrose Pier today. Also about 20 Little Grebes and 3 Greenshank among the usual birds.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby keith hendrie » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:55 am

Single Brent Goose drifting up-river past Ferryden towards Basin.

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Glen Esk

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:03 pm

18 Golden Plover over Craig Maskeldie heading South. Stonechats still present in Glen Lee. 5 Crossbills at Inchgrundle wood. 4+ Buzzards. 5 Red Grouse in 5 miles. 2 Mute Swans on Loch Lee.
6 Wheatears yesterday at Usan.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby keith hendrie » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:03 pm

A Jack Snipe and a Merlin between Ferryden and Scurdie ness this afternoon.

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Postby barry shaw » Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:53 pm

Sunday 12th October
White-tailed Sea Eagle today on the soar above Govals Farm, Glamis.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Kevin Thomson » Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:46 pm

Sunday 13th - Driving up Glen Clova

A lovely day - spotted a pair of Mistle Thrush in trees by Crossmiln.

Stopped to have a closer look through the bins and then noticed a sudden inundation of Fieldfare - easily 30 to 40 of them passing through, heading west.

Not sure if they would be resident or migrant birds.

This was my first time up here and thought the scenery was lovely - especially up Glen Doll - if anyone can suggest any routes or walks up there i would be glad of any tips. Seems like an excellent place for eagles.

Also stopped off at Bridge of Gella carpark on the way back down the road - and saw a Dipper - my first of the year - just goes to show i should get out more!

Happy birding,


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Oct. 13th. SURF SCOTER - LONG TAILED DUCK -GREAT SKUA

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:51 pm

Oct. 13th. 12 NOON. SURF SCOTER male 1 LONG TAILED DUCK 5 GREAT SKUA 1

LUNAN BAY - Seen from Angus and Dundee Bird Club Hide - Rising tide also VELVET SCOTER - COMMON SCOTER 100s
Also GREAT CRESTED GREBES 2 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS

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WeBS Montrose Sunday 12th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:54 pm

A quick summary of the highlights from yesterdays WeBS.
There were 3,316 Wigeon,
68 Pintail,
25 Scaup,
30 Little grebe,
11 Greenshank,
13 Bar T Godwit,
13 Grey plover,
300 Golden Plover,
Wintering wader numbers haven't really built up yet only 517Dunlin and more Redshank and Oycs to come yet.
There was also at least one Peregrine about.
Probably most unusual was a Dark bellied brent goose - most of the Brents we normally get are the pale bellied race.
Also whilst flicking through the hide sightings noticed a sighting of a bean goose (tundra if I remember right) don't know if anyone else has seen it but may be keeping an eye out.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:06 pm

2 male Surf Scoter in Lunan Bay this afternoon.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:28 pm

Nothing fantastic but was at Kinnordy, Murton and Balgavies today.

Everything is flocking! There was individual flocks of blackbirds!?, Treecreepers!, Goldcrests, goldfinches, Mistle Thrush and Bullfinches.

350 -400 Greylags on Balgavies, and one (as far as i could pick out) Pink Footed Goose (Presumably, I'm no expert)

10 Snipe on Murton, in full view.

Also an interesting lone gull on Murton, but again, I'm no expert!!

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - Short Eared Owl

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:19 am

Date: 16 Oct 2008 7.30pm
Place: Rossie Moor (NO646530)

A Short Eared Owl perched in the gorse bushes. I saw it in the light of my headtorch when I was about five feet away. It flew off up the track heading NE.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:58 pm

Lunan Bay

1060 Scoter there yesterday (Thursday 16th). Most at the north end were velvet but about half were at the south end and too distant to identify to species. Also 28 red-throated divers and 2 great crested grebes in the bay

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October 18th EIDER DUCK - BARTAILED GODWIT - GREY PLO

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:35 pm

Oct. 18th 11a.m. EIDER DUCK 3000-4000 ON ABERTAY SANDS IN TAY ESTUARY - AT LOW TIDE

Oct/ 18th 11-30am. BAR TAILED GODWIT 160 GREY PLOVER 17 IN MONIFIETH BAY FORESHORE

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Oct/ 19th LUNAN BAY WEBS COUNT DETAILS

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:50 pm

Oct. 19th 11-45 -- 1400hrs. MEDITERRANEAN GULLS ADULTS 2 ADULTS ( In front of A.D.B.C Hide )

WEBS Highlights -- 625 HERRING GULLS - 410 BLACK HEADED GULLS - 268 COMMON GULLS - 1 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL -- 14 GREAT BLACK BACKED GULLS - 4 GOLDEN EYE - 2 TEAL - 2 EIDER - 2 GREAT CRESTED GREBES -
RED THROATED DIVERS 8 - SURF SCOTER 1 - RINGED PLOVER 17 - SANDERLING 12 - DUNLIN 1 - OYSTERCATCHERS 4 - KITTIWAKES 10 - GANNETS 12 ------------ BUTTERFLYS - 6 PEACOCK -- 4 SMALL TORTOISESHELL 1 HERALD MOTH HIBERNATING IN WORLD WAR 2 CONCRETE BUNKER

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Postby islemartin » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:43 pm

Visit to Montrose basin and Scurdie Ness. Nothing spectacular but a nice list of 38 species including watching all the geese coming and going. 1 Greenshank on the basin late pm. A Buzzard over the Harbour. Couple of turnstone on the south side of the Esk beyond Ferryden plus 2 Red Throated Divers and 3 Razorbill offshore in the channel. A couple of juvenile Gannets offshore. A few Black Tailed Godwits I think in amongst the normal high tide Oystercatcher/Curlew/Redshank roost at Rossie Point c.late pm.

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Oct/ 21st. CHIFFCHAFF -

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:42 pm

Oct/ 21st. 10-30am. CHIFFCHAFF 1 IN CRAIGMILL DEN CARNOUSTIE

ALSO IN DEN -- GOLDCRESTS - GREY WAGTAIL - REED BUNTING -- BUZZARD-- SONG THRUSH - GOLD - GREEN AND CHAFFINCH -- MISTLE THRUSH - GOLDEN PLOVER ( fly over ) STOCK DOVE ( fly over )

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Postby Charles Rough » Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:05 pm

small groups of canada geese grazing in fields surrounding lintrathen

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Postby jcooper » Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:42 pm

Not very exciting, but one guillemot, 24th Oct, 2.30 pm in the City Quay harbour. I have a photo if anyone wants to see it.

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OCTOBER 24th 2008 Brent Geese Montrose Basin

Postby joncook » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:13 pm

8 Brent Geese at Rossie Point late morning.
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Oct 25th - Montrose Basin

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:11 pm

Visited the Wigeon & Shelduck hides. Very high winds.

At the Wigeon Hide, there was a Black Tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover in with a flock of Curlews. There was a pair of Pintail (M&F) in with a large flock of Wigeon. A Kestrel was being chased by a Carrion Crow and it flew past the hide, only a few feet from the windows.

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Wood Pigeons on the move

Postby Clive McKay » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:51 pm

Lintrathen area, Tues 28 Oct

Biggest movement of Wood Pigeons so far this autumn - 3,305 >WSW along the edge of the hills/Strathmore. Good conditions for the rest of the week. If you're out first thing I'd appreciate ANY notes on numbers and especially direction of movement. In a week otr two they'll probably all be heading back >ENE!

Have been radio-tracking one bird which has moved from Kingoldrum into Perthshire - hoping to track it from a microlight soon.

Cheers

Clive

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OCT 28th - Brambling

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:54 am

Backwater reservoir:
About halfway up the reservoir (NO258602). Some Brambling in amongst a flock of several hundred Chaffinch. Flitting between the fir trees and a field on the opposite side of the road.
Also c150 Canada Geese.

Lintrathen:
5 Whooper Swans (all adults).

Kinnordy:
More Whooper (adult & juvenile).
Lots of ducks seen from the Gullery Hide - Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Goosander, Tufted, Goldeneye.

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Re: OCTOBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:12 pm

Kingfisher at start of Lurgies path, at the wee burn.

Also an otter at the point where the Esk pours intae the Basin (If you know what I mean..)

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Montrose Basin 29th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:11 pm

There have been a around 10 Teal, a female Gadwall a few mallard, Redshank and occasional Lapwing, also 2 Greenshank all using the new pools in front of the centre.
Otters are still being seen regularly around the Lurgies including one recently of what was thought to be a female and 2 cubs.
There have been huge numbers(easily 3,000+) of mixed gulls gathering at dusk in the centre of the Basin.
Also upto 18 Pale bellied Brents and at least 30 Greylag.

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Bittern and Red Kite at two locations.

Postby HarryB » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:11 am

A report about a Bittern at Kinnordy, was followed up yesterday, but so far, nothing seen. The bird was reported onTuesday, by a non-birder, to a club member, but was not confirmed.
It was put out yesterday, as 'unconfirmd' on the grapevine and the report was followed up, with no conclusion reached. That's the present situation.
ALSO I received a report last night of a Red Kite; seen twice on the north side of the North Esk (Aberdeenshire). Obviously, the bird could just as easily have crossed into Angus.
From the A937 (Opposite Mill of Morphy), it may be possible to see this bird. The back road to Marykirk is the actual place where the bird has been seen.

Directions for finding the bird in Aberdeenshire,as follows:
Go up the A92 road after crossing the eastern Northwater Bridge (the one with the traffic lights for the road works) About 200 yard on the left, there is a very sharp left hand turn, which takes you on the unclassified road, past Stone of Morphie. Try looking from anywhere past the Stone of Morphie.
Better to be helpful, than hurtful!

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Fishtown Usan - 1st November

Postby Dave Adam » Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:30 pm

One Brent Goose in Fishtown of Usan 'harbour' and 2 Long Tailed ducks nearer Elephant's Rock.

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1st Nov 08

Postby Kevin Thomson » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:56 pm

Lovely morning at Lunan Bay - Loads of common scoters on the water and a few velvets (that's a lifer for me). Tried to pick out the surfs but they might've been in the group further south - couldn't see for the sun.

Did pick out about a dozen red-throated divers and a pair of great crested grebes amongst the scoter flock. 2 sanderling on the shore. Spotted a train of 20 or so auks heading north but very far out to sea.

Walked round the lurgies in the pm - lots of little grebes and redshank. One greenshank up the slunks and otter showing really well. At one point he was about 10 feet off the shore watching me wrestle with my tripod before snorting at me and disappearing under the surface.


Rossie spit at high tide had all the usual waders including the leucistic oystercatcher, with over a dozen bar-tailed godwits in with the curlews and around 20 black tailed probing the grass just back from the shore.Also some knot and one greenshank in amongst the redshank.

Here's hoping it stays nice for tomorrow!

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