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13 - JANAURY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:05 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for JANAURY2009

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby darellberthon » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:50 pm

January 1st 2009

Barn Owl huting beside the A90 3 miles south of Forfar 1.20 am. On way back from Stonehaven Fireball festival.

Ring-billed Gull at Riverside Drive, Dundee, this morning.

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Short-toed Lark at Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath Fri 2/01/09

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:48 pm

A Short-toed Lark in the first ploughed field along the Seaton Cliffs path as you leave Victoria Park, in Arbroath. The bird, so far, seems to be favouring the field edge near the path.
Bird found by Richard Bramhall today.
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Ring-Billed at Riverside

Postby fifebats » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:38 pm

The Riverside ring-billed gull showing well today, coming to bread morning and afternoon, and with a constant trickle of visitors. It seems to hang with a group of black-headed gulls, though being more flighty and more timid.

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Jan. 3rd. SNOW BUNTING

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:27 pm

Jan. 3rd. 1350hrs. SNOW BUNTING 1 ONLY ON HATTON AIRFIELD AT GRID REF. N.O. 598378

This would appear to be the same returning Snow Bunting from the last couple of years !

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby HarryB » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:44 pm

Short-toed Lark found again today (Sat 03/01/09) From Seaton Cliffs path, Arbroath, by Rob and Maggie Noble-Nesbitt.
Bird was found where the edge of the stubble meets the ploughed part of the field at the higher point of the field (about 150 yards along the cliff path)
There were Skylarks about the area, but this bird seemed to prefer to be on its own.
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Short-toed Lark 3rd January 2008

Postby islemartin » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:25 pm

I took a couple of low resolution photos of the bird but I can't seem to work out how to upload them on this site. If you want to see them go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/islemartin.

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Sunday 4th October 2009 - Short-toed Lark, Kingfisher

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:57 pm

Date & Time: Sunday 4th October 2009
Species: Short-toed Lark, Kingfisher
Details: Richards Short-toed Lark still showing for its 3rd day today.
On the northeast side at the edge of the first ploughed field along Seaton Cliff. Showing this afternoon anywhere between the "Coastwise" Sign and 100 metres further up.

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Had a Kingfisher in the Brothock Burn in Arbroath early this morning also. Seen from the bridge which is right near the harbour next to the Indian Restraunt. Perched on overhanging branch.

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Jan. 5th. MERLIN - BLACKCAP - RING BILLED GULL

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:08 pm

Jan. 5th. 11-15AM. MERLIN 1 ON BARRY BUDDON , Just off Spion Kop Road .

Jan. 5th. 10am. BLACKCAP Male Blacknes Avenue Dundee . Have had another report of Blackcap in nearby Marchfield Road, Would appreciate any other sightings of Blackcaps in Dundee area .being made known

Jan. 5th 9-45am RING BILLED GULL Still present at Riverside Drive Dundee this am at 9-30am.

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby HarryB » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:00 pm

1st Winter Kumlien's Gull and also an Iceland Gull at Forfar Loch, at the sailing club area.
Stuart Green has regularly reported these birds before New Year and now twice this year already.
The birds tend to come in at dusk and look to be a continuing feature of the evening roost at the loch for the next few days (possibly weeks?) of the winter.
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Short - toed Lark at Arbroath and Greenshank at Montrose

Postby K Hall » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:11 pm

showing intermittently this forenoon, playing hide and seek in the ploughed field where it has previously been reported. Also 5 Skylarks nearby trying to confuse things. A single Greenshank on Montrose Basin, seen from the Lurgies path.

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Re: GREEN WOODPECKER-MONTREATHMONT WOOD-MONDAY 05JAN09

Postby dave b » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:12 pm

MONTREATHMONT WOOD
1-GREEN WOODPECKER(a lifer for me)
4-GS WOODPECKERS
1-JAY
8-BULLFINCH
1-TREECREEPER
1-RED SQUIRREL

LETHAM
1-STONECHAT(on roadside fencepost just outside village)

P.S. BOB, I HAVE HAD A BLACKCAP IN MY GARDEN TWICE LATELY.

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:58 am

I flushed a mixed group of gamebirds while walking along a frost covered path at Lundie today;they were feeding in long grass running on both sides of the path and all flew up within a few secs of each other. There was roughly 50 partridges and 30 odd pheasants,they made quite a racket. I also had 5 buzzards, 2 jays, 1treecreeper,robins, dunnocks, wren, chaffinch, coal tit, great tit, blue tit, woodpigeon, jackdaw, carrion crow, rook, plus heard 1 raven.

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:09 pm

Mickey Mellon Condor East 6 jan 2009 grid 626430. On a very cold morning with very light snow falling it was nice to
find at our small but undisturbed pond 2 Jack Snipe, 5 Common Snipe, Kestrel and Grey Heron. The Snipe is the most
I have found since records started

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Tuesday 6th January 2009 - Waxwing

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:42 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 6th January 2009 - 10:00am at least
Species: Waxwing
Details: 20x Waxwings again on North Street, Forfar this morning at 10:00. In Berry bushes opposite the service road junction. Often perching on the tree at the top of Service road before flying down to feed and then flying back again.

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Great Northern Diver Broughty Ferry 07/01/09 (Wednesday)

Postby HarryB » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:47 pm

Great Northern Diver at Broughty Ferry Lifeboat Station today.
Bob McCurley has found a Great Northern Diver this morning (January 7) at Broughty Ferry.
The bird is showing well, close inshore, at the Lifeboat Station.

Also, yesterday, Rob Noble-Nesbitt and others confirmed the Ring-billed Gull is still at Riverside Dundee and the Short-toed Lark was also in the same field as it has been in since it was found by Richard Bramhall.i.e The ploughed field on left as you start (from Victoria Park, Arbroath) to walk the Seaton Cliffs.
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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:54 pm

8 Jan 2009 Kingennie fishery grid 478365 6 Dab Chicks, there were 7 but sadly one dived got under the ice and could not get out

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:58 pm

Broughty Ferry, forgot to add to my last, Great Northern Diver still there, I found it near the castle then it flew off towards Tay Road Bridge but hopefully will return to the original sighting place

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8th Jan. WAXWINGS

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:22 pm

Jan. 8th 12 Noon WAXWINGS 41 AT LONGFORGAN VILLAGE ROUND ABOUT -- this sighting was reported to me by ADBC. Club Member Allan Carpenter

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Water Rail. Sat 10th Jan. 11am. Newmill

Postby Roy Adamson » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:41 pm

The Water Rail has been a regular visitor to my garden for the last couple of weeks. I had to stop my car yesterday to let it cross the driveway.
Newmill nr. Lunan Bay

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Female Goosander 11th Jan 2009 Newmill

Postby Roy Adamson » Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:40 pm

Female Goosander on irrigation pond in field next to my garden, 1pm Sunday 11th Jan

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Green Wing Teal Montrose Basin Sun 11th.

Postby Neil Mitchell » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:48 pm

Found the drake GW teal again at lunch time today the bird has been proving quite elusive over the last few weeks once again it was amongst the resident flock of c60 Common Teal. It was showing well for about an hour around the tern raft and Rossie Spit.

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JAN.11TH. GREEN WINGED TEAL - SHORT TOED LARK - HEN HARRIER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:55 pm

Jan. 11th. GREEN WINGED TEAL On view from Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre Viewing Window .

Jan. 11th. SHORT TOED LARK Still present at Arbroath Cliffs 100yards along Cliff Top Walk in stubble and on plouighed area .

Jan. 11th SNOW BUNTINGS 140 Still present in field just past Kingoldrum at top of Brae , using both Left and Right hand side fields . ( per Graham Smith )
Jan. 11th. HEN HARRIER Male at RSPB Loch of Kinnordy Reserve Kirriemuir ( Per Graham Smith )

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Montrose Garden Sightings

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:14 pm

Quieter day at the feeders in our garden in Montrose possibly because of the milder weather.

Plenty housesparrows, pigeons, starlings, chaffinches.

Usual goldfinches on the nyjer seed.

Robin
treecreeper (seen twice)
female great spotted woodpecker (seen twice)
sparrowhawk
Seem to have lost our blackcaps, had seen two males and two females in December

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Montrose Garden Sightings

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:39 pm

Forgot to mention the longtailed tits which are in and out of the garden all day long

Also plenty coaltits, bluetits and great tits

Quite a few blackbirds

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby HarryB » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:39 am

Yesterday (Monday 12 January) the male Green-winged Teal was again at SWT Montrose Basin. The Teal group seems to form up approximately opposite the Wildlife Centre and then drift towards Rossie Spit. Since the SWT Centre is only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, best chance of getting the bird this week, because of the tides, is after noon at Rossie Spit. However, on Sunday, it was seen very well, on the new pools opposite the Bank of Scotlnd Hide, which is always open. (Access to the Bank of Scotand Hide is always available, on foot : park outside the SWT car park in case the gates get shut and leaves your car stuck inside!)

Last night, just north of Inverkeilor, there was a Tawny Owl at about 16:30 on the A92 roadside.

ADBC meeting is tonight (TUESDAY 13th) John Anderson, photographer, is the speaker.

**NEIL MITCHELL NOW URGENTLY REQUIRES VOLUNTEERS FOR THE NEXT MONTH, TO PLANT TREES AT TAYOCK.**
Apologies folks the days Harry states are not entirely correct these are the dates I have set at the moment. Monday, 9th & 16th Feb (10am-12:30pm)

Thursday, 22nd & 29th Jan (10am-12:30pm)
5th &12th Feb (10am-12:30pm)

Sunday 1st Feb. (10am -3pm)

Meet at the wildlife centre by 10:00 OR at the Tayock car park at 10:15.
Bring stout footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Neil's email address is: nmitchell@swt.org.uk
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Jan 13th SHORT TOED LARK

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:38 pm

Jan. 13th 12-15pm. SHORT TOED LARK , Still showing well at Beginning of Arbroath Cliff Top Walk . check both stubble and ploughed areas , Report from ADBC club members Hugh Bell and Toby Green

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Tuesday 13th Jan

Postby jcooper » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:46 pm

Great Northern Diver in Tay around Broughty Ferry Castle area. Short video if anyone wants to see it (don't expect too much!).

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Tree planting Montrose

Postby Neil Mitchell » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:58 pm

AS CAN BE SEEN BELOW: I GOT IT WRONG AGAIN!

Please assist Neil with this important project. Remember; some day - not very far away - there will be another hide in that area.
Any work we do this winter will benefit all the wildlife around the new hide. Harry B

Apologies folks the days Harry states are not entirely correct these are the dates I have set at the moment.

Monday, 9th & 16th Feb (10am-12:30pm)

Thursday, 22nd & 29th Jan (10am-12:30pm)
5th &12th Feb (10am-12:30pm)

Sunday 1st Feb. (10am -3pm)

Meet at the wildlife centre by 10:00 OR at the Tayock car park at 10:15.
Bring stout footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

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Montrose Garden Sightings

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:45 pm

Slightly more busy day in the garden. After saying yesterday no blackcaps, had a female 4 times on the fat feeders.

Sparrowhawk shot through the garden pursued by two crows, think that was what they were chasing another twice but
did not see it well enough to be sure.

A single treecreeper showed on the peanut feeder and tree trunk 9 times.

Great spotted woodpecker 2 times.

Long tailed tits and goldfinches in and out all day.

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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Neil Young » Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:34 pm

2 Barn Owls at different locations between Newtyle and Dundee this morning at 2.00am. First at the beginning of the Moss just south of Newtyle, the second near Dronley, just before the turn-off for Lundie. Certainly cheered up my early morning trip into work at Ninewells! I've been travelling in and out to Dundee for over 20 years from Alyth and Barn owls are now becoming a regular sighting, at all times of day and in lots of different areas.

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Postby ClanChief » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:57 pm

Nothing particularly to report, but I made my first visit to Forfar loch this afternoon - freezing cold and overcast. A kingfisher brightened the day and, I have to say, the people walking round the loch were the politest I have encountered; they all looked me in the eye and we exchanged greetings; sadly this doesn't always happen elsewhere. Good for Forfar! (I live in Perth).

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Montrose Garden Sighting

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:08 pm

Had our first siskin of the winter today.

Eating nyjer seed with the goldfinches.

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Siskin in Montrose Friday 16/01/09

Postby HarryB » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:46 pm

Hah! At last! That's the first Siskin I've heard of in Montrose this winter. Quite a few in St Cyrus; presumably off the coniferous woodland here.
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Re: JANUARY 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:23 pm

Birdguides reporting Short Toed Lark again at Arbroath.

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18 January 2009 Arbroath

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:20 pm

Surprised to see a Dipper sitting on a small rock at the Brothock Burn outflow (just before it goes under the bridge to the sea) in Arbroath.

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18th Jan - Pintail - Kinnordy

Postby Grant Balfour » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:27 pm

Two male & one female Pintail seen from the East Hide.

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Male Siskin, Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre 18/01/09

Postby HarryB » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:32 pm

Only a male Siskin, but the first one at SWT Montrose this winter, showed up today.
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Fieldfares

Postby Dave Adam » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:58 pm

100 Fieldfare in field near Trinity by Brechin, I haven't seen many this year at all.

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Siskins at SWT Montrose yesterday ((20/01/09)

Postby HarryB » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:55 pm

More Siskins.
Yesterday, at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre, saw 11 Siskins. No more Siskin reports from me this winter, as they are not uncommon elsewhere, but I've been waiting for them to arrive, as they usually do, at the SWT Centre, after New Year and I know others are interested to know they are now there.
Remember: Neil Mitchell could use more volunteers for the tree planting at Tayock. Contact him for up-to-date details.
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