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WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS 2009

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:16 pm

Wildlife Sightings for 2009

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Road Kill Otter

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:44 pm

Otter at roadside near Forfar by-pass, think it may be the female at Forfar Loch that I look at. Even after being on the motorway for a few days and then hosed down by me the undercoat is still dry and fluffy. Wish that road planners would build in animal underpasses at certain points as routine.
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fox moth caterpillar

Postby Nicola Main » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:50 am

What a sad sight that is Dave!

Yesterday at Easthaven at about 2pm saw one fox moth caterpillar in a field beside the path.

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Red Squirrels

Postby Neil Young » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:08 am

Watched 2 Red Squirells for about 15 mins today in Alyth Den whilst walking the dog.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:49 am

Really sad that Dave.
Im sure I remember another Otter roadkill at the same area a while ago seen by SRG.
Real shame.

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Frog spawn Montreathmont 4th March 2009

Postby joncook » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Frog spawn and mating frogs in ditches by road to hide today.

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Thursday 5th March 2009 - Fox

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:43 pm

Date & Time: Thursday 5th March 2009 - 9:30pm
Species: Fox
Details: A Fox at the Auchmithie turn off just past Seaton this evening.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:11 pm

3 otters at kinnordy swimming together today,this was at the swamp hide area

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Stoat - 11th March 2009

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:52 am

Date & Time: 11/3/2009, 7.45am

Species: Stoat

Details: A stoat in full ermine running along the road near Haughs of Kinnaird (NO642570).

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FROGS

Postby stevendoig » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:37 pm

Frogs in my pond laid their first batch of spawn this morning!

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:03 am

1 red admiral/1 peacock/1 bumble bee/hundreds of toads and some spawn at tentsmuir area today 17/03/09

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Red Squirrel - 18th March

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:29 am

Date & Time: 18/3/2009, 7.45am

Species: Red Squirrel

Details: Not an unusual sight as I see one or two most days, but this morning, as I was cycling near the Haughs of Kinnaird (NO642570) I saw one reared up on its hind legs in the middle of the road. I slowed to a halt only about a yard away (almost within touching distance) and it still gazed at me for a few seconds before running off up a tree at the side of the road.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:18 pm

Today at 1pm one small tortoiseshell butterfly flew past me whilst I was in the garden. My first butterfly of the year!

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21st March 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS Peacock Butterly & Toad

Postby joncook » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:53 pm

My 1st Peacock of the year at Pitmuies Gardens, also very obliging toad.
Daffodils, Crocus & Hellebores superb.
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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:54 pm

Hi joncook nice photo but it is of a toad not a frog, notice the warty skin and orange eye :)

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby joncook » Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:25 pm

Ooops, thanks Nicola
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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:08 pm

i had my first newt on the 21/04/09 on the sidlaws but forgot to report it
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Postby Charles Rough » Wed May 06, 2009 10:46 pm

there was a grey seal fishing in arbroath harbour today,the part next to the footbridge,it was continually divebombed by herring gulls trying to take its catch
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Postby Nicola Main » Mon May 11, 2009 12:12 pm

This morning in Shanwell Wood I saw a Comma butterfly. Should I report this? This is the second time I have seen a Comma the last was in September 2006 and the locations are almost exact viewtopic.php?f=6&t=22&start=25

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Leopard Moth caterpillar!!!

Postby Nicola Main » Tue May 12, 2009 11:54 am

Hi I think I've found a Leopard Moth caterpillar! I've taken photographs but don't know how to put them on here. It says in my books that they are only found in the southern half of Britain.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Tue May 12, 2009 1:35 pm

Sorry guys I was being too hasty. Someone on a forum has identified it as a Gold Swift caterpillar and not a Leopard Moth. I didn't have it in any of my books so no wonder I misidentified it :(

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Monday 18th May 2009 - Fox

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue May 19, 2009 5:24 pm

Date & Time: Mon 18th May 2009
Species: Fox
Details: There was a Fox running along the road in front of our car for about 20 metres on the Forfar to Froickheim road at 10:30pm ish. A young fox, sort of in between the cub and adult stage. Near the turn off for the SWT hide car park.
Roe deer also on the same road at the Letham turn off.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Fri May 22, 2009 6:52 pm

At 6.30pm this evening saw one Grey Squirrel in Shanwell Wood, Carnoustie.

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Loch of Balgavies 'Turtle'

Postby Grant Balfour » Sat May 30, 2009 9:02 pm

There have been reports of a 'Turtle'/'Terrapin' at Loch of Balgavies for a while. The logbook in the hide now has photographs of it on the dead branch at the waters edge to the north of the hide.

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Postby DK » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:22 pm

Orange-tip

Single male Orange-tip this afternoon at St Vigeans Nature Trail, approx 500 meters from Dens Road end just south of railway underpass.

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14-06-2009 Otter - Balgavies

Postby Grant Balfour » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:24 pm

14-06-2009 14:30
Otter (1) seen twice from the hide at Loch of Balgavies.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby DK » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:18 pm

Solitary male Clouded Yellow at Arbirlot this morning.

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30th June 2009 Humming-bird hawk-moth

Postby joncook » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:35 pm

Humming-bird hawk-moth this morning feeding on thistle at Killiecrankie. A first for me in Scotland, only previous sighting was near Bath.
Sightings of this and Painted Lady can be reported and mapped on http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/

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HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH 01JUL09

Postby dave b » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:04 pm

GREAT PHOTO JOHN, I HAD MY 1st HUMMING BIRD HAWKMOTH OF THE YEAR IN MY GARDEN TODAY AT APPROX II00hrs.
DIDN,T HAVE ANY LAST YEAR, BUT HAD A LOT IN 2007. I ALSO HAD A BEAUTIFUL SWALLOWTAIL MOTH TODAY.

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Postby Kevin Thomson » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:50 pm

Dolphins just off the rocks at Gourdon around 20:30 tonight. Couldn't tell what species but they were quite small. Possible Spinners? Who knows, but a lovely sight nonetheless.

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Monday 27th July 2009 - Fox

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:13 pm

Date & Time: Monday 27th July 2009 - 11:30pm
Species: Fox
Details: Followed a Fox Cub tonight in the car for about 100 meters or so.
Was on the road from Letham Grange to St Vigeans near the Strawberry tunnel fields.

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Capercaillie » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:17 pm

30th July

On tops above Corrie Fee - 100+ red deer and on he approahc to Mayar 2 mountain (or blue) hare.

On the way back through Glen Clova a mole was crossing the road and then spent about 10 mins on grass verge!!!

See pic but focus is not great
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Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:41 am

Nice Pics Caper and Jon

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:47 am

Was up Glen Doll yesterday too Caper! We went through the forestry path over the bridge above the car park where we saw lots of Ringlets, Common Blues and there were about half a dozen Common Hawker dragonflies flying around. Also managed to get a photo of a male Golden-ringed Dragonfly. There was also a pair of Dark Green Fritillaries basking on the path.

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Postby Davy Robertson » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:59 am

Cant recall ever having so many hover flys around there are hundreds in my garden and the gulls seem to be having a feast.

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Postby DK » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:46 pm

Same here, outdoors and indoors ;-)

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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:10 am

Yeah there are swarms at Auchmithie too.
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Re: 2009 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:11 pm

Saw this last week at the side of Loch Lee,posted it on the wrong page.
As an aside,some one reported their dog was bitten up there,at the "Retreat".Does everyone know that Adders bites to dogs are quite often fatal and you should get to a vet asap.(Been researching since original post)
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