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20 - AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:14 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for AUGUST 2009

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August 1st. Barry Buddon Waders Influx

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:28 pm

August 1st. 1400hrs. BAR-TAILED - GODWIT 400 - Most in Breeding Plumage-- GOLDEN PLOVER 8 - RINGED PLOVER 30 - SANDERLINGS 50

TURNSTONE 6 -- Barry Buddon -All on Shoreline at Monifieth end of camp -

August 1st 1500 hrs. CARNOUSTIE BAY - 200 COMMON SCOTER in Bay

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Aug 1st - Montrose Basin (Lurgies)

Postby Grant Balfour » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:35 pm

1930-2030 (Low Tide)

Greenshank (3) - on the bank below the Shelduck hide.
Common Sandpiper (17)
Pink Footed Geese (2)
Lesser Black Backed Gull (1)

Swifts - approximately 30 flying around the area of the old pier

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Kinaber Links

Postby John Paul Allon » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:14 pm

Sunday 2nd Aug

A pair of Magpies showing well flying betweem south & west plantations at approx 12.00. Grid ref 736617.

John Paul Allon, Bervie

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August 3rd - Bridge of Dun - Kingfisher

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:58 am

Kingfisher (1) on the north bank of the Southesk, just to the west of the bridge.

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Tree Sparrows 3rd Aug Newmill

Postby Roy Adamson » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:55 pm

Tree Sparrows have successfully raised three broods this year in our garden nestbox. Blackbirds, dunnocks, wrens, chaffinches, song thrushes, pied wagtails, grey wagtails, sedge warblers, willow warblers, house martins, reed buntings,linnets, moorhens, mallards, greenfinches, goldfinches, wood pigeons, collar doves, and swallows have all been seen feeding young in our garden, or close by.
Saturday 1st August close to Newmill: two sightings of a green sandpiper (probably the same one), a water rail, a redshank, and a common sandpiper being chased by a swallow.

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Aug. 4th. SOOTY SHEARWATERS - MANX SHEARWATERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:53 pm

Aug. 4th. 1500hrs. SOOTY SHEARWATERS 5 MANX SHEARWATER 2 Nth.

From Arbroath Eplanade / Vict. Park

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:08 pm

5th aug 2009 condor East grid 626430 17 juv Goldfinches all feeding on the thistles

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:14 pm

2 Kingfishers at the Lurgies 0830 this morning.

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5th AUGUST 2009 Jays etc Montreathmont

Postby joncook » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:05 pm

2 adult and 2 juv Jays at Montreathmont hide this afternoon and up to 8 seen recently. Juvs are much less timid than adults and quite readily photographed, see Photographs section of site (hopefully). Also Great spotted Woodpeckers, Siskins, the usual woodland birds and Red Squirrel.

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August 5th. GREEN SANDPIPERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:37 pm

August 5th, 2000 hrs. GREEN SANDPIPERS 2 GREENSHANKS 2

On BARRY BUDDON Yeomanry Pond / New Scrapes

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Black Throated Divers

Postby Neil Young » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:26 pm

Tonight at Backwater Dam - Black Throated Divers x3. Excellent views for over an hour. Also Osprey x1.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:34 pm

7th Aug Elliot grid 618388 10.00 only putting this on because the Tern count at Elliot this very poor. 46 Sandwich Terns which had a mixture of adults and juvs trying to scrounge food from adults, and 2 Arctic Terns probably just passing through.
Hope next year gives a better return

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:22 pm

Mickey Mellon wrote:7th Aug Elliot grid 618388 10.00 only putting this on because the Tern count at Elliot this very poor. 46 Sandwich Terns which had a mixture of adults and juvs trying to scrounge food from adults, and 2 Arctic Terns probably just passing through.
Hope next year gives a better return

There's lots in Lunan bay and Montrose(there seems to have been plenty bred on our factory roof in Montrose)

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:27 pm

1830 Condor East grid 626430 7th Aug 2009

5 Wheatears moving from northern breeding and passing thru, hope they roost for night but will check tomorrow morning

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:32 pm

See additional posting re: Terns at Elliot

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August 7th Barry Buddon Reccy

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:23 pm

August 7th. 6-45-to 9-15pm GREY PLOVER 20 ( IN FULL BREEDING PLUMAGE ) 18 GOLDEN PLOVER 4 TURNSTONES
1 DUNLIN 6 BAR TAILED GODWIT - WHIMBREL 1 LITTLE GULLS 10
GREENSHANK 2 SHORT EARED OWL 1 WHEATEARS 2 STONECHAT 1

Above seen during a Reccy in Prep for this Sundays Open Nature Day - by Bob , Graham and George

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:16 pm

On the subject of the Sandwich terns I saw quite a big crowd of them on the rocks at Easthaven last Saturday (1st Aug). Making quite a big racket too!

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:33 pm

Condor east grid 624430 09.30 The Wheatears from last night have moved on. Found 30 Juv golfinches on thistles. Also had a Grey Wagtail. This is the first time this bird has occurred since records started in 2002

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby HarryB » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:57 pm

Mickey Mellon re terns: Obviously,I know well, there are lots of terns elsewhere; but not at Elliot. I've reported the changes at Elliot, as they appear to be relevant to a pattern of behaviour, which other members may find to be of interest and they too, may be noticing changes in terns' patterns of behaviour in other places, in Angus.
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August 8th. SURF SCOTER

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:05 pm

August 8th 1300hrs SURF SCOTER Adult male Off Kinnaber Links , Montrose Bay NO. 736605

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Ken Grant » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:05 pm

Spotted a little egret flying across Montrose basin from left to right down at the Lurgies about 1.30pm sunday afternoon 9th Aug

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Barry Buddon Open Nature Day- Sunday August 9th

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:20 pm

BARRY BUDDON OPEN NATURE DAY AUGUST 9TH -------- A record turn out of 79 members from the 5 Local Conservation groups

viz. The SWT. SOC. R.S.P.B.. Dundee Nats and the ADBC. enjoyed a record setting day on Barry Buddon T.A.
67 Bird species were spotted , including a "Bonxie " flying over the Lighthouse , last seen heading for Fintry !
Passage migrant birds included , WHEATEARS , GREEN SANDPIPER , GREENSHANK .- Plus sightings of BULLFINCH , REDPOLL, DABCHICK ETC.

Highlight of the day was the finding of a PURPLE HAIR STREAK BUTTERFLY, a FIRST for Barry Buddon ( AND POSSIBLY ANGUS )- in all a Record total of 16 butterflys were recoerded -- Moth trapping produced 28 DIFFERENT SPECIES including the scarce SHORE WAINSCOT

The BOTANISTS had another field day , with the highest number of ADDERS TONGUE FERN ever recored -- plus GIPSY WORT , WATER DOCK ETC.

THE DAY OUT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS

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Aug 10th - Magpie - Stracathro

Postby Grant Balfour » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:59 pm

Lately I've seen a pair of Magpies in the area of the old Stracathro airfield (NO640633). The first I've seen in this area.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Gordon Anderson » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:32 pm

Re:- Magpies on the Dun/Stracathro road. I saw a pair at the old airfield buildings on Friday 7th August in the late afternoon.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:14 pm

2 moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper today (Tuesday) at Arbroath, West Links, behind old bowling alley.

Also today, at Lurgies - Marsh Harrier and Little Egret. Little Egret flew in high from South and settled with roosting Heron.

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August 11th CURLEW SANDPIPERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:25 am

August 11th. 10-30am CURLEW SANDPIPERS 2 ( FIRST OF THE AUTUMN PASSAGE )

ON FORESHORE BEHIND 10 PIN BOWLING ALLEY ARBROATH -
BIRDS ORIGINALLY FOUND BY RICH EARLIER - STILL THERE AT 10-30AM.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:51 pm

Late starter?? Silver Wells garden centre on the A92 just outside Arbroath twds Montrose. In amongst the displays of bird food, feeders etc low and behold a Robin is in one the displays with 4 eggs so will be interesting to see if anyting becomes of it. The male is always close at hand.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Allan Hall » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:35 pm

2 kingfishers showing well at the east end of Forfar Loch this morning.

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August 13th. LITTLE EGRET- KINGFISHER - RUFF-CURLEW SANDP

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:20 pm

August 13th - 10-30am. LITTLE EGRET 1 RUFF 1 KINGFISHER 2 CANADA GOOSE 1

ALL SEEN ON THE LURGIES -MONTROSE BASIN

August 13th. 1500hrs. CURLEW SANDPIPER 1 In partial summer plumage - seen by Bob and Graham
On foreshore behind 10 Pin Bowling alley

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White Gyr Falcon August 2 Glen Clova.

Postby HarryB » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:00 am

Re: White Gyr Falcon in Glen Clova.
According to one of the pagers, this bird is thought to be a 'possible escape', although, if it was photographed well on August 2, as stated on pagers, presumably there was evidence of it being a falconer's bird, i.e jesses, coloured captive bred rings etc. The reason for it being a 'possible escape' bird doesn't seem to be clear.
Obviously, as Chris has said; well worth watching for in the glen.
If it was a member of ADBC who saw and photographed this bird, please give here, as much additional information as possible.
Thanks.
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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby K Hall » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:27 pm

Here is a copy of the original post in BirdForum, by "Edenwatcher":

Apparently it tolerated the photographer getting out of the car (the fence is not immediately beside the road), and the photo shows a fine "wire" projecting from both the feet and under the tail, which may be a transmitter. She took a number of photos but the feet are not clearly visible in any. However it may well be worth following up. Approx. grid reference is NO370670.

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Re: AUGUST 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:05 pm

Kingfishers; 2 at Lurgies, 1 at Rossie Spit & 1 at Lintrathen loch also female sparrowhawk at lurgies and Lintrathen and a male at Inverkeillor, all today.Other birds were 8 snipe & 6 Greenshank at Lurgies, 11 little grebe & 4 great crested grebe at Lintrathen. Also a large mixed flock of gulls & terns at Lunan bay inc. 3 GBB Gulls.

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backwater dam

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:15 pm

took the dog for a walk up the Backwater Dam this afternoon at about 3pm. Was looking for Divers but no luck, plenty raptors though. 3 kestrels, 2 peregrine, 1 buzzard and the highlight of my day was a female hen harrier who perched obligingly not too far from the road for several minutes before continuing on her way.

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AUG 16 - Whimbrel - Montrose Basin

Postby Grant Balfour » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:48 pm

16th Aug: 0930-1130
Wigeon Hide - Montrose Basin.
Whimbrel (2) in amongst around 200 Curlew.
Also Ringed Plover (38) and Dunlin (9, some still in summer plumage).

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Re: White Gyr Falcon August 2 Glen Clova.

Postby barry shaw » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:31 pm

HarryB wrote:Re: White Gyr Falcon in Glen Clova.
According to one of the pagers, this bird is thought to be a 'possible escape', although, if it was photographed well on August 2, as stated on pagers, presumably there was evidence of it being a falconer's bird, i.e jesses, coloured captive bred rings etc. The reason for it being a 'possible escape' bird doesn't seem to be clear.
Obviously, as Chris has said; well worth watching for in the glen.
If it was a member of ADBC who saw and photographed this bird, please give here, as much additional information as possible.
Thanks.

If this bird is somone's it needs to be caught,it's picked the worst area to stay,wouldn't suprise me if it was found poisoned or shot,just like the eagle that was found poisoned not that far away from glen clova.

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Aug 17th - Canada Geese - Hillside

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:00 am

About 50 Canada Geese in a stubble field at West Mains of Hedderwick (NO693607)at 8am.

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Hobby

Postby Ian Ford » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:10 am

A juvenile Hobby flew past the sentry box at Monifieth football pitches/Barry Buddon Sunday morning 16th Aug. It didn`t stop and was heading towards Dundee along the shore. Steady hirundine passage all the time. Worth checking all the hirundine roosts! Ian Ford

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Monday August 17, Montrose Basin.

Postby HarryB » Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:54 am

Yesterday, at Montrose Basin, the Little Egret and the pair of Ruddy Shelduck were in Maryton Bay. 48 Grey Heron there too.
Also yesterday; just outside the SWT Centre, there was a single flock of 78 Goosander.
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17th. August RED KITE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:45 am

August 17th 11am RED KITE 1 BALGAVIES LOCH S.W.T. RESERVE

This was reported to me at last nights ADBC. AGM by Lyall Thomson , who said it was a fly past sighting
but keep looking , it may still be around , if seen again , please report to this website and alert the local grapevine .


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