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22 - OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:09 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for OCTOBER 2009

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:36 pm

01/10/2009 Gayfield Arbroath grid 640413 Swallows still moving through south had 9 this morning at about 1030

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White Tailed Sea Eagle Oct 1st 3pm

Postby Roy Adamson » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:44 pm

White Tailed Sea Eagle, Oct 1st 3pm, overhead at staggered cross roads Inverkeilor/A92, being harrassed by Buzzards

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Postby Isabel Smith » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:45 am

Whooper Swans - October 2nd - 1030hrs

By Isabel Smith - Saturday 3 October 2009 1100hrs

In Glen Esk, Loch Lee - 5 whooper swans

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4th OCTOBER 2009 Brent Geese Monifieth

Postby joncook » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:46 pm

5 Pale Bellied Brent Geese feeding close inshore at Monifieth Caravan park NO495320
Also 40 female red-breasted Merganser
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Postby burnie » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:09 pm

Unusual sight at the Redcastle hide,6 juvenile Gannets fishing within 25 metres of the beach,flying almost over the hide,couldn't see what they were fishing for in such shallow water.30 Dunlin also present,plus usual suspects(Eider,Scoter,Teal,Lesser Blackback,Herring and Blackheaded Gulls)

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Brent and Barnacle Geese at Montrose Basin Monday 05/10/09

Postby HarryB » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:21 pm

16 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 12 Barnacle Geese amongst the Pink-footed Goose flock on Montrose Basin this morning
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White-tailed Sea Eagle near Usan again 05/10/09

Postby HarryB » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:25 pm

Two visitors to SWT Wildlife Centre, Montrose, reported a juv. White-tailed Sea Eagle with a green wing tag,(could not see letter identification) on A92 on the hill above the wildlife centre this morning. Subsequent search failed to re-find it.
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Crossbills

Postby jcooper » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:40 pm

A small group (4-6) of crossbills in and out of the trees in the Harran Plantation at Backwater reservoir. It was quite high up on the Milldewan Hill side NO 280 636. 5th Oct (Mon.) 3.35pm. I have a video of one bird if anyone wants to see it - the lighting isn't great, but the bill can be seen.

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Re: OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby simonbusuttil » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:08 pm

Pink-footed geese - Montrose Basin
I've not hear what the official count is but there were ca 26,000 present on Monday morning. Good counts elsewhere too - eg Strathbeg has had 61,000 - the fourth highest ever count there.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:54 pm

06/10/2009 Muirfield Place Arbroath ( my house) grid 616415 Late Swallow flying through at 1600 hours moving south

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Young Gannets Barry Buddon

Postby jcooper » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:54 pm

A large group of young gannets diving near Barry Buddon, some quite close to the shore (6)and most near the lighthouse (approx. 25). I have never seen gannets here before - no adults either. Five brent geese (reported previously) just beyond the outflow of the Dighty Burn into the Tay. Plus, eiders, widgeon (28) mergansers, redshank (I counted 53 before they flew away) turnstone (10-12) ringed plover (approx. 30) all around the Dighty Burn outflow. I also saw two male and two female swallows flying along the line of the beach toward the Ferry at a point adjacent to the Barnhill Rock Gardens. They weren't feeding, swooping etc. it seemed a very straight and quite low flight. There can't be many left up here now.
all seen between 1.30 and 4pm, Tues. 6th Oct.

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Postby stevendoig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:50 pm

Montreathmont this morning.

Lots of Stonechat in open areas.
At least ten Crossbills in the stand of trees further down from the hide.
Both species of Woodpecker also present.
Lots of juvenile pheasants as well (with mothers!)

Kinnordy in the afternoon

Superb views of a Hen Harrier from the Gullery hide.

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Pink-footed Geese at Montrose Basin

Postby HarryB » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:24 am

In response to Simon's info re: Pink-footed Geese on Montrose Basin on Monday and results of goose counts, I can tell you all, at dawn on Sunday morning(04/10/09), there were 38,000. Only two people were available for the count, but the geese were not flying in, or out, of the Basin and they were easily counted whilst on the ground (that was pretty unusual). Because there was a full moon, there is a high probability there were many more of them, out feeding on the stubble fields during the night, as that is a common goose practice on bright nights. The numbers seem to be increasing daily, but it is guesswork as to how many more are now here.
Possibly at the next count, there will be more volunteers to help? Chris Taylor, the SWT warden, will be delighted to hear from you if you are willing to do so.
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Postby simonbusuttil » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:35 pm

Geese - Montrose Basin
Thanks Harry or the additional info. My count was made whilst waiting for a train ! the 16ple-bellied Brent Geese were still present mid-morning Wednesday

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Postby HarryB » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:12 pm

Apparently, the Pink-footed Goose count for this morning was 48,000.
There's a 'Goose Breakfast' on Sunday, but it was pre-bookable and there are no places left.
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Pinkies on the basin

Postby chris_taylor » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:42 pm

Hey Harry, there were a lot this morning - massively dense packs estimated at 51,000 (by myself and Ben Herschell). 12 Barnacles

Must go for an afternoon snooze now!

Simon......Next Icelandic Goose Count will be on the 18th if you fancy joining in? Free bacon butties as reward for efforts!!

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7th OCTOBER 2009 "Hoopoe" in Glen Clova?

Postby joncook » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:23 am

Got a report late last night via SNH of a Hoopoe being spotted in Glen Clova by a local resident, Colin Stewart. Unfortunately no location or contact details are available, but if anyone is up that way worth keeping an eye open.
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October 8th. BLACK TERN

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:12 pm

October 8th BLACK TERN 1 Seen at Arbroath, Victoria Park Esplanade, Foreshore Arbroath this am.

Info, per phone call from Andrew Bramhall this evening .

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:26 pm

10 oct 2009 Gayfield grid 6430413 7 Juv Gannets heading northing, 4 Rock Pipits, 1 female Sparrowhawk hunting around, found nothing so decided to have a go at a Crow, no joy there either

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Two Firecrest at Montrose SAT 10/10/09

Postby HarryB » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:30 pm

Report via Hughie Bell
2 Firecrest in bushes at caravan site behind GLAXO factory Montrose 12: 20 today (Saturday 10/10/09)
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Re: OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby burnie » Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:38 pm

2 Greenshank behind the signal box on Montrose station,also lone Barnacle Goose flying south on Elliot beach,both just after lunch time today.

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October 11th. - FIRECRESTS , HOODIE CROWS- GREAT NORTHERN DI

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:54 pm

October 11th. 10am and 4pm. FIRECRESTS 2 Still present late this afternoon at Glaxco Caravan Site Montrose

October 11th, 1300hrs, HOODIE CROW At Mains of Usan Farm - In field on Northern side of Farm House

October 11th. 12pm GREAT NORTHERN DIVER in Lunan Bay , viewed from Dunes above public car park

October 11th. 1400hrs. REDWINGS 8 At Mains of Usan

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Balgavies Loch - probable Water Pipit

Postby simonbusuttil » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:21 pm

At Balgavies Loch SWT reserve this (Sunday) afternoon a probable water pipit flying around and calling on the north side (west end). The bird did not land and I only got flight views hence the "probable". A female merlin here too.

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OCT 11th Peregrine & Buzzards

Postby Grant Balfour » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:07 am

About 5.30pm on Sunday.
Six Buzzards & one Peregrine over woods near Powmill. The Peregrine spent about 10 minutes chasing some of the Buzzards before heading off towards Rossie.

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Postby Charles Rough » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:32 am

1 calling peregrine on the cliffs between arbroath and auchmithie today 12/10/09

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d91/k ... re050b.jpg
i was looking for auks in winter plumage but only saw 1 guillemot
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d91/k ... e008-1.jpg

yelowhammer/reedbuntings/dunnock were feeding together in the cabbage field (used to be a wheat field)
still lots of insects about

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12th OCT - Pink-footed Geese near Duns Dish

Postby Grant Balfour » Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:04 am

5:30pm on the fields just to the north of Duns Dish (NO652614)- around 3000 Pink-footed Geese.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:50 am

13 Oct 2009 Condor East grid 626430 11.00 hours 23 Fieldfare flew in from East coast, did not stay long then flew off to the west, awaiting Redwing

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Postby stevendoig » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:14 pm

2 Fieldfare Kinnordy.

6+ Redwing Lintrathen

100+ Canada Goose, Lintrathen

All this morning.

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Green Sandpiper (1) at The Slunks Wed. Oct. 14

Postby HarryB » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:05 am

A Green Sandpiper was at The Slunks yesterday at mid-day
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OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Brian&Carol » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:23 pm

A female Hen Harrier has been patrolling the stubble fields the last few days, just south of the Meigle to Kirriemuir road at Simprim farm (NO305468).
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OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - Sea Eagle

Postby joncook » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:28 am

Just heard from Clare Smith of the RSPB that the Sea Eagle at Lunan Den on 30th Sept, a male blue tag no5 from this years release, was hit by a train earlier this month when going on the line to eat a pheasant.
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October 16th SLAVONIAN GREBE

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:41 pm

October 16th. 1430hrs. SLAVONIAN GREBE 1 In Carnoustie Bay - view from first sentry box at Carnoustie end of Barry Buddon and look towards Bell Rock , bit distant , Scope needed .

Also in Bay 300 COMMON SCOTER , 1 SCAUP ( Female )


October 16th - 1530hrs. On Barry Buddon Itself - 13 MISTLE TRUSH - 1 MAGPIE- 2 STONECHATS - REDSHANK 1

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VisMig count, East Haven tomorrow (Sat 17th Oct)

Postby Clive McKay » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:07 pm

Dear all,

I'll be taking part in the national "BigVis" migration count from dawn tomorrow in the first field along the shore SW of East Haven should anyone care to join in! I've just written an article for BirdGuides on VisMig which you can find at http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=1780 - lots of mentions for Carnoustie and Glenisla

Cheers

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Scaup and Rock Pipit at Montrose Basin (Thursday)

Postby HarryB » Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:24 am

A belated report, I'm afraid:
Hughie Bell and myself, had the unusual sight of 2 Rock Pipits on the Satty Dyke outside Montrose Basin Visitor Centre. That's the old broken-down retaining dyke from the days of salt pans in front of the viewing windows. Not unusual birds, of course, but certainly more unusual there.
Also on Thursday, the Scaup have returned to the Basin (for the winter) and numbered 42.
The Kingfisher is now making regular visits to the same dyke and perches there, instead of its previous favoured spot at the pool in front of the Sand Martin wall.
Of interest? There is still a Glossy Ibis at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg and its exact location is shown on a notice board at the RSPB Starnafin Farm Visitor Centre.
A Sea Eagle (untagged bird) is also there. (Seen yesterday).
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October 18th SURF SCOTER -

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:22 pm

October 18th. 1300hrs. SURF SCOTER Drake -In Lunan Bay seen from the ADBC. Hide

Also in Bay - 200 COMMON SCOTER - 50 VELVET SCOTER - GREAT CRESTED GREBE 1 - RED BREASTED MERGANSER 1

1 KITTIWAKE - 8 EIDER - 6 GANNETS,- 50 LONG TAILED DUCK , SANDERLINGS 11 RINGED PLOVER 7

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Re: Montrose WeBS

Postby chris_taylor » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:12 pm

Firstly thanks to all of those who turned up for the Goose/WeBS and here are the results........

The IGC in the morning achieved 41,584 Pink footed geese, 13 GReylags, 1 Barnacle, 1 Canada.

Copy of Montrose Webs Count (18th October)

Red Throated Diver 1
Little Grebe 10
Great Crested Grebe 1
Cormorant 17
Grey Heron 31

Mute Swan 236
Pink feet c.6,500
Light Bellied Brent Goose 2

Shelduck 368
Wigeon 3624
Teal 43
Mallard 133
Scaup 28
Eider 1515
Goldeneye 4
Red-breasted Merganser 18
Moorhen 2

Oystercatcher 1224
Lapwing 46
Knot 191
Purple Sandpiper 4
Dunlin 583
Black-tailed Godwit 66
Bar-tailed Godwit 45
Curlew 494
Redshank 1104
Greenshank 5
Turnstone 4

Black Headed Gull 308
Common Gull 31
Herring Gull 22
Great Black-backed Gull 7

TOTAL 16662

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Goldcrest 22/10/2009

Postby GYarnell » Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:44 pm

3 goldcrests alongside path on Seaton Cliff Arbroath, between Dickmont Den and Devils Head.

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Re: OCTOBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby RAB » Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:33 pm

Raddes Warbler today at East Haven. From car park underneath railway head west to houses. The bird was in the ditch beside the first house. Also there Long Eared Owl, Firecrest and Black Redstart. There was also a Black Redstart at Cliffburn Hotel today, along with 3 Woodcock. Chris McGuigan also reports 3 Firecrest at Caravan site by Glaxo, Montrose.

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Postby RAB » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:13 pm

Another Firecrest, this time at Hatton Waste Water treatment plant. Also, around Hatton farm, a Black Redstart.


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