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18 - JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for JUNE 2009

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Monday June 1st - Marsh Warbler

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:04 am

Richard Bramhall has found a Marsh Warbler singing and showing well in Springfield Gardens, Arbroath. 6:55am.
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Spotted Crake At Kinnordy

Postby Hannah Morton » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:47 am

3 individuals calling on the reserve in the early hours, heard well from swamp hide.

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Lesser whitethroat and woodcock

Postby simonbusuttil » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:05 am

Lesser whitethroat singing in the den between Braehead of Lunan and the sea this am. Tens of painted ladies along the hedgerows. Woodcock roding at Montreathmont last night (2200 hrs).

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June 1st. MARSH WARBLER

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:36 am

June 1st. 9-20 a.m. MARSH WARBLER 1 AT Springfield Park ARBROATH- in Bushes beside high wall which borders the high Trees opposite Fire Station . Singing but keeping low profile at times . My first for Angus !
Bird found by Rich Bramhall

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May 30th, Lintrathen

Postby Clive McKay » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:22 pm

43 Canda Goose >N at 07:30h

Not so many Pianted ladies heree - 4 >E in 2 hours on Saturday.

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June 2nd. MANX SHEARWATER

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:47 pm

June 2nd. 12-30pm. MANX SHEARWATER 2 ( North ) 100,s GANNETS ( North )

All seen from Glaxco Little Tern site ( No Terns present today !)

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:42 pm

cuckoo heard calling at balkello farm just south of sidlaws today 02/06/09

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:50 am

Friday 5 June Keptie Pond Arbroath and Kingennie fishery (478365) Last year all swans eggs at both locations must have been infertile but this year a good success both adults have produced 7 Cygnets each. So far both groups are intact with no snatchings by Lesser Black Backs or Herring gulls

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Ed Thomson » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:24 am

Sat 6 june 10am Cuckoo
Cuckoo was heard just past the Scott memorial in Glen prosen

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June 7th 3 SKUA SPECIES - LUNAN BAY

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:47 pm

June 7th 1300hrs. POMARINE SKUA AD. DARK PHASE 1 Close in , great views.

June 7th. 1350hrs, GREAT SKUA 1 ARCTIC SKUA DK, PHASE 1

ABOVE , ALL SEEN FROM THE ANGUS AND DUNDEE BIRD CLUB HIDE AT LUNAN BAY

Observers -- Bob , Graham , Keith , and George .

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Whimbrel,Bl-t Godwits etc Monday June 8 SWT Centre, Montrose

Postby HarryB » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:28 pm

VERY LATE REPORT:
The Black-tailed Godwits appeared to have disappeared from Montrose Basin by the weekend of 30/31 May,
However, on Saturday June 6, a flock of waders appeared flying east, past the SWT Centre Montrose and it included c50 Oystercatcher,30 Curlew, 21 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel. Only one of the Godwit was in breeding plumage. Today June 8 the Godwits and Whimbrel re-appeared, with some Curlews and were seen easily on the rocks, on the shore side of the broken down wall to the east of the SWT Centre viewing windows (on the far side of the salt pans).
Sorry this report is so late, although the birds were there, as described, today.
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June 8th LITTLE PLOVER / BLACK TAILED GODWIT

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:43 pm

June 8th. 3-30pm. LITTLE PLOVER 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 1 At Monikie Denfind Pond

Both birds passing through and NOT on breeding territory. Please note that due to vandalism, the hide will be closed and locked at 5 p.m. each evening until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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June 9th RING OUZELS - SPOTTED FLYCATCHER ETC.

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:12 pm

JUNE 9TH - 10AM TO 3PM. RING OUZELS 6 SPOTTED FLY '2 WHINCHATS 2 STONECHATS 3

COMMON SANDPIPER 3 GREY WAGTAIL 1 COMMON SNIPE 1 COMMON REDPOLL , 1 SISKIN 1 COMMON REDSTARTS 1-- KESTREL 2 BUZZARDS 3 RAVEN 1

Above all seen on the Angus and Dundee Bird Club outing today in Glen Lethnot

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June 10th - GS Woodpecker

Postby Grant Balfour » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:25 am

First of this years broods at my birdtable this morning - two adults & 2 juveniles.

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Young Dipper Newmill 8am today

Postby Roy Adamson » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:37 am

A single young dipper appeared at our bedroom window this morning. This is the third year running we have had a least one young bird, as usual it was completely fearless and allowed me to approach to within a few feet, even when I opened the French window.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:43 pm

09 June 2009 Kingennie fishery grid 478 365. Fishing at Kingennie for Carp with 2 rods out when both started to shudder, but not a bite but 2 Robins sitting on each rod. Having a box of maggots with me I started to feed them and the whole afternoon they just kept coming back from 2 different nesting sights. In the end I just left the maggot box about 4 feet from me and they seemed happy just to help themselves. It was great. By the way also had 2 Garden warblers foraging for insects then flying off into the trees, but not as interesting at the Robins

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9th & 10th at Loch of Kinnordy

Postby Hannah Morton » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:44 pm

Bearded Tits were reported calling from reeds opposite Gullery hide late last night. This is the second report this breeding season.

Marsh Harrier seen hunting over bogbean islands at lunchtime, and also reported early this morning.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:36 pm

Black throated Diver still on Backwater. 1030

Also two Ospreys, and two Kestrels.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby barry shaw » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:12 pm

wednesday 10 june
Adult magpie in the whitfield area of dundee picking at a dead rabbit on the road.Not a common sight around dundee.

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backwater dam

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:05 pm

7.30pm , Backwater Dam. Cuckoo perched on wires at the end of the dam wall, best view I have had for ages.Also good view of a Tawny owl in fir tree at edge of dam, Kestrel,siskins,curlews and Osprey fishing at top end and magpie on the way back down at Pitchewan Farm.

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Ring Ouzel family and Wheatears at Loch Lee Fridya 12/06/09

Postby HarryB » Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:32 pm

A family of four young and an adult male and female Ring Ouzel, at NO433803 across from the churchyard at Loch Lee. Also in that area and in the churchyard itself, there were 4 adult (2male 2 female) Wheatear, with a total of 7 young.

Please also note: A meeting has been called for this Thursday (18th), at the SWT Wildlife Centre, Montrose Basin, to introduce the Angus Bird Records Database. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm and Clive McKay will be there to explain the database system and answer questions, as well as give details of how to obtain the database from the internet.
This is the database which is intended to be used in future for all Angus records.
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12 JUNE 2009 - Forfar Loch

Postby Grant Balfour » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:27 pm

0830-1000
Male Kingfisher (1) near the viewing platform on the north side.
Common Sandpiper (1) with the gulls at the yacht club.
Osprey (1) hunting over the loch near the caravan site - it was there about 5 minutes before a Herring Gull set about it and it flew off west.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby barry shaw » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:57 pm

JUNE 12 balkello wood
2 cuckoos above the slate quarry at balkello wood also a hunting merlin.

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Dipper Newmill 8am 14th June

Postby Roy Adamson » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:15 am

Having a cup of tea in bed with French Windows open, was amazed when young Dipper flew in and perched on the end of the bed.

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Dipper

Postby Dave Adam » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:52 pm

Hey, don't let him bathe in your cuppa!!

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Bearded Tit at Kinnordy

Postby Hannah Morton » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:30 am

16th June around 6:15am
A group of 5 bearded tit, including at least 3 juveniles, was seen to the right of the gullery hide in the reeds.

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Little Egret report at Montrose Basin (Monday 15/06/09)

Postby HarryB » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:57 pm

A Little Egret was briefly seen yesterday morning (about 09.30) from the SWT Centre windows (opposite the Bank of Scotland Hide).
The bird was not reported, because it could not be re-found.
No sign of it today, but always worth that extra look, if you're out on the Basin.
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spotted crake. kinnordy loch

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:42 pm

spotted crake in front of gullery hide in bogbean, came out into open briefly.Also water rail & osprey from east hide.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:25 pm

2 Black Throated Divers on one of the Angus lochs.
Further information withheld, because of the possibility this is a breeding pair (Harry Bickerstaff)

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sightings in Monifieth garden

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:25 pm

Moved from Montrose to Monifieth last month.

Had bluetits in the nestbox on the garage, they fledged unseen last Thursday.

Female blackcap having a bath amongst the water forget-me-not in the paddling pool we have our goldfish in.

Several young goldfinch, greenfinch, blackbirds, and dunnocks.

Sitting having lunch today when a pair of bullfinches landed on the birdbath,had a quick drink and flew off. Only my second definite sighting of them, the other being in Dumfries and Galloway, so a real treat.

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Re: BARN OWL, MUIRDRUM, 21JUN2009

Postby dave b » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:21 am

Barn Owl on fencepost at roadside just north of Muirdrum, before turn off to Panlathy.

Quite "orangey" colour ( for want of better description),Beautiful bird.

Seen at 05.30hrs this morning en route to work.

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Short Eared Owls

Postby jcooper » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:15 am

2 short eared owls on fence posts at perimeter of the new nature reserve near Whitfield - I think it's called Trottick Ponds (seen from the road from Burnside of Duntrune travelling toward Whitfield). One was being harassed by a female blackbird with a beak full of worms. I have video footage if anyone wants it. Saturday evening 10.30-11pm 20th June.
This seems to be a good spot for short-eared owls, I also saw a barn owl in this location last year.

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Ruddy Shelduck Report Yesterday (June 21)

Postby HarryB » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:50 pm

Yesterday: Sunday June 21 at Montrose Basin, a 'funny duck' was reported in the Tayock area of Montrose Basin.
Yesterday's WeBS count results were handed to me today for this webpage and on the results show 'TWO RUDDY SHELDUCK'!
I don't know who found and identified them and have just found out about them myself today.
Please, if/when they are found (again) would the finder report them to their grapevine leader, so the location and other information can be passed around the grapevine?
Please also report these birds on Birdline Scotland (phone 01292 611994 - local call rate).

Montrose Basin WeBS count: Sunday 21 June:
Grey Heron (40), Mute Swan (169), Pink-footed Goose (12), Shelduck (356), Wigeon (46), Mallard (45), Tufted Duck (18), Eider (1099) +179 young, Goldeneye (2), Red-breasted Merganser (76), Goosander (63), Moorhen (1), Pintail (9), Oystercatcher (291), Ringed Plover (1), Lapwing (72), Dunlin (4), Bar-tailed Godwit (25), Curlew (314), Redshank (6),
Greenshank (1), Common Sandpiper (15), Black-headed Gull (634), Common Gull (21), Herring Gull (23), Great Black-backed Gull (2) Sandwich Tern (14), Common Tern (76)
Arctic Tern (144), Commic Tern (21) and Ruddy Shelduck (2).
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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:20 pm

Harry,I did report 2 or 3 years ago that I'd had a possible sighting at Ethie Haven of these birds,but they vanished,maybe just passing or more likely lost.

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Re: Short Eared Owls

Postby barry shaw » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:53 pm

jcooper wrote:2 short eared owls on fence posts at perimeter of the new nature reserve near Whitfield - I think it's called Trottick Ponds (seen from the road from Burnside of Duntrune travelling toward Whitfield). One was being harassed by a female blackbird with a beak full of worms. I have video footage if anyone wants it. Saturday evening 10.30-11pm 20th June.
This seems to be a good spot for short-eared owls, I also saw a barn owl in this location last year.

hi there jcooper i think your geting mixed up with the trottick ponds there inbetween kirkton and mill o mains,but i do know the ponds you mean but i dont know the name of them,must have been a great sight i will maybe go down and have a look,thanks

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Ruddy Shelduck sightings

Postby HarryB » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:23 am

Thanks for that further information on Ruddy Shelduck.
This bird is still treated as a potential escape in this country, despite the fact that, every summer, about the same time of year, Ruddy Shelduck is found and reported.
Apparently, the jury is still out on the status of this species, but all reports are welcome and 'Higher Powers' in birding circles, may use the sightings records to consider if the bird merits a change of status.(I understand there is a more-or-less constant debate about this status).
We'll have a go today at re-finding these birds and given the number of Shelduck at the Basin, they may feel happy to hang around this area and we might be lucky.
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A pair of Mallard!

Postby HarryB » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:21 pm

Today, we went to the new hide at Tayock. The grid reference is NO710584 and it overlooks the Tayock Burn as it follows the line of the bay, past the hide.
The pair of Mallard are simply for the record of the first birds to be sighted from the hide!
I'll try to post pictures of the all-metal hide, which consists of a viewing screen and an open-sided hide attached to it.
The hide was provided (as far as I understand it) from BBC 'Breathing Spaces' and Angus Council, with other monies from the Piggins family which made the large donation from their mother's estate, to repair the Wigeon Hide.
This is not the usual type of hide and previous vandalism has dictated the design. It has not yet been formally 'opened' but since it is open to the elements, that may be an academic exercise.
Also seen were 50+ Shelduck (but no sign of the Ruddy Shelduck), 5 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher, 11 Carrion Crow, 11 Black-headed Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gull.
The Tayock area produced at least 16 Blackbirds and at least 12 Song Thrush, as well as 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, c14 Greenfinch, c10 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet,
16 House Sparrow, a Dunnock and a Wren.
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Re: Short Eared Owls

Postby jcooper » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:33 pm

barry shaw wrote:
jcooper wrote:2 short eared owls on fence posts at perimeter of the new nature reserve near Whitfield - I think it's called Trottick Ponds (seen from the road from Burnside of Duntrune travelling toward Whitfield). One was being harassed by a female blackbird with a beak full of worms. I have video footage if anyone wants it. Saturday evening 10.30-11pm 20th June.
This seems to be a good spot for short-eared owls, I also saw a barn owl in this location last year.

hi there jcooper i think your geting mixed up with the trottick ponds there inbetween kirkton and mill o mains,but i do know the ponds you mean but i dont know the name of them,must have been a great sight i will maybe go down and have a look,thanks


Hi Barry, Thanks for pointing that out - I get a bit confused around sunset! I have gone back to the place for another look and it has a board up saying Middleton Woods - sorry if I've sent anyone on a wild-owl chase.

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Re: JUNE 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:47 pm

Hey JCooper and Barry - am i right in saying you mean this area?
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