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24 - DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:49 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for DECEMBER 2009

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby chris_taylor » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:01 pm

21,500 geese still on the basin - there has not been this number, at this time of year, since 1998. Usually down to a steady 10-15 (thousand) by now.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby stevendoig » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:02 pm

FORFAR LOCH

Usual suspects but a couple of notables (For me anyway!)

6 Whooper Swans
1 Shoveler

Also, 20 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 20+ Siskin, 1 Kingfisher, 500+ Tufted Duck, amongst others.

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Montrose Basin geese

Postby Clive McKay » Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:51 pm

Hi Chris

Just wondering if the large number of geese is due to an influx of birds? From Kingoldrum yesterday (1 Dec) I could see a constant stream of Pink-feet heading northeast over the Sidlaws and Forfar - as if coming from the Tay or even Loch Leven? I wondered what there destination might be - maybe it was Montrose.

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December 5th. CORN BUNTINGS -

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:31 pm

DEC. 5th. 11a.m. CORN BUNTINGS 40 ( They are back to their winter quarters ! )
At Boghead Farm N.O. 682463

DEC. 5th. 1200 CURLEWS 83 -- A very good high count .

Seen on beach from ADBC Redcastle Hide , Lunan Bay .

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:06 pm

Brambling at Loch of Kinnordy with a flock of Chaffinches in the trees by the car park around 11am this morning (Sunday 6th December).

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December 7th. EIDER - GREY PLOVER

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:24 pm

December 7th. 1330hrs. EIDER 3000 On Tay Estuary , close in , opposite Sentry Box at Light House on Barry Buddon .
Also present on Beach were -- 45 GREY PLOVER .

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:44 am

An early morning paper round in the Arbroath area regardless of weather is a nice start to the day especially when familes of foxes are found at 0530 foraging the farmland, Robins singing at Arbroath station at 0500 and on Condor at 0600, but hearing the Barn Owl screeching on Letham Grange grid 632460 at 0700 really makes the day start. Tawny's were very active on Condor west grid 616439 and of course the geese flying overhead. Am surprised the number of Blackbirds also very active from about 0530 onwards.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:46 pm

07/11/2009 Elliot 618388. Bumped into John Henry at stretch of water accross level crossing from Arbroath golf club. 3 Dippers were found and this is the first time that both of us have seen them here, Bob McCurley says he has no recollection of them ever being there.. Flooded Burns may have driven them in. To the right of crossing went into the reed beds and had 22 Snipe and 1 Jack Snipe. If you want to go into those reed beds wellington boots is a must, some areas are deep in flooded water

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby John Paul Allon » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:39 pm

Kinnaber Woods 11.30 to 1.00 8th Dec.

Magpie flying from east plantation towards W.T.P. & woods beyond. 2 pairs Goldcrest in north plantation & 1 Jay in flight nearby. Large rafts of Scoter in the bay.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:25 pm

In reply to Mickey Mellon's post about the Dippers I have seen them a few times at that part of the burn but obviously only in winter. This was from 2004-2006 when I had to get the bus into college.

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Angus & Dundee observers list

Postby Clive McKay » Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:36 am

Dear all

I'm just preparing a list of observers/contributors for use with the A&D bird reports, and wonder if you could have alook at the list below and check that yuor name is spelt correctly, and that you are happy with the suggested initials for the bird report (plese excuse the formatting problem). Also if you see names on the list of folk that are no longer active in the area, that would be useful to know.

If you want to make a change, please e-mail me at clive.mckay@the-soc.org.uk

Many thanks in anticipation

Clive McKay

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Contributor name Initials
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J Adam JA
R Adamson RAd
ADBC Big Sit ADBC
G Addison GAd
G Anderson GAn
Anon Anon
R Averiss RAv
G Baird GBd
G Balfour GBr
A Beat ABe
H Bell HBe
E Bickerstaff EBi
H Bickerstaff HBi
H&E Bickerstaff H&EBi
BirdGuides BirdGuides
RA Bramhall RB
A Brennan ABr
J Brown JB
S Busitill SB
DA Carmichael DAC
A Carpenter AC
BJ Cartwright BJC
M Caunt MCa
G Christer GC
M Clark MC
J Cobb JCb
J Cook JCk
D de Gernier DdeG
K Donald KDn
K Drysadale KDy
R Duncan RD
K Edwards KE
N Elkins NE
I Ford IF
J Ford JF
J Garnes JGn
J George JGg
T Gillies TGi
T Grant TGr
SR Green SRG
FC Gribble FCG
M Groves MG
T Gulson TGu
A&A Hall A&AH
C Hendry CH
J Hendry JH
B Herschell BH
D&A Hood D&AH
Int. Grey Goose Count IGGC
R Jaffrey RJ
I Kelman IK
C Lamond CL
J Landsman JL
E Lashley EL
AJ Leitch AJL
A Lovie AL
P Mason PM
W Mather WM
E McCabe EMcC
D McCullough DMcC
R McCurley RMcC
D McFarlane-Smith DM-S
CR McKay CRMcK
JB McKay JMcK
M Mellon MMn
N Mitchell NM
Montrose Log Log
M Morphy MMy
H Morton HM
M Nicoll MN
R Nisbet RN
R Noble-Nesbitt RN-N
J Ogilvie JO
A O'Hara AO'H
R Payne RP
J Pilley JPil
J Pinkerton JPin
K Puttick KP
A Reid ARe
T Rennie TR
C&B Renwick C&BR
Report Report
G Rodger GR
A Rollo ARo
T Samson TS
F Scott FS
I&W Shepherd I&WS
AH Sheppard AHS
M Slaymaker MS
C Smith CS
GM Smith GMS
D&J Stewart D&JS
J Strachan JS
A Tee ATe
AE Thiel AET
K Thomson KT
L Thomson LT
S Thorpe ST
A Tindal ATi
Unknown Unknown
Visitor Visitor
A Wakelin AWn
WeBS count WeBS
A Westwood AWd
G Whitehead GW
D Winter DW
G Yarnell GY
L Young LY
N Young NY
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Angus observers

Postby Clive McKay » Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:38 am

Also please let me know if your name is NOT on the list! The list of names is based mostly on contributors to past bird reports, so it is not up to date.

Cheers

Clive

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7th DECEMBER 2009 - Crossbill at Montreathmont

Postby Grant Balfour » Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:55 pm

Around 20 Crossbill seen on the walk up to the Montreathmont hide around 9:30am.

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Barnacle geese

Postby Hannah Morton » Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:10 pm

12th Dec at NO2845 can be seen from road bridge, but be careful, parking space for 3 cars just past bridge.
Large (couple of thousand) flock of mostly pink footed geese, some greylags and 25 canada geese. In amongst I saw 4 geese which I am fairly confident are barnacles, they were spooked before I had a chance to triple check. There was also 1 bird with a small white neck mark (-brent?) didn't manage to refind that bird to double check before they were spooked.
There has been a flock around the area since fields flooded, and are often on an unharvested tattie field on the other side apparently.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:05 pm

13 Dec 2009 Boysac, Tetrad 64J, I decided to drive to the basin by the back roads to Farnell.
I must have seen over 150 pheasants in various fields, Buzzards were in good numbers, but nearing Farnell I found 20 Bullfinches, the colours were brilliant and bright. Bob feels they could be N european visitors. Just before turning to the Basin at Farnell had 2 Jays flying towards the trees

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DEC. 13TH. AROUND BARRY BUDDON

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:39 pm

DEC. 13TH 10AM - 1430PM.-- VARIED SPECIES ON BARRY BUDDON DURING WINTER COUNT -

RECORDED 35 SPECIES DURING WINTER COUNT-- HIGHLIGHTS WERE --

1 GREYWAGTAIL ( Rare on B/ B ) 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER , 5 STONECHATS , 3 MISTLE THRUSH,
3 MAGPIES ( FLYING TOGETHER AT MONIFIETH END ) 51 GOLDEN PLOVER 12 GREY PLOVER , 6 KNOT, 10 DUNLIN , 70 BAR TAILED GODWIT, ETC. ------ PLUS MY FIRST EVER SIGHTING ON B/B OF A STOAT ! A GOOD DAY OUT .

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December 14th. GREAT WHITE EGRET

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:02 pm

Dec. 14th 10am. GREAT WHITE EGRET 1 Monikie Country Park on ISLAND POND

This Bird was found by the Monikie Ranger Staff and phoned me with the news . I went up to confirm the ID. and arrived at 10am to see the bird in flight only flying off in Forfar Loch direction ! - I went up to Forfar Loch later in the AM. and refound the Bird at the community centre end at 12-50. only toi see it fly off again after only viewing it for 15 seconds ! it flew off in a Northen direction . It had been seen by the Forfar Loch warden Mhairi Kimmet at the Yachting Club end ( The Insh ) at 11-45 It took off going North at 12-55 when I saw it . We will look for it tomorrow , If anyone sees this Bird please make its location known . Thanks Bob

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:42 am

18th Dec 2009 Elliot Mouth to Hatton sewage works. Had to do my WeBB count today because visitors over the weekend and it was quite successful. Elliot end there were 21 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, from then on just normal gulls. Nearing the Hatton end had 1 Golden Plover. On way back via reed beds near railway crossing from golf club 21 Snipe and 2 JackSnipe. In the stretch of water to the left of reed beds had further 3 Snipe, 2 Dippers and what looks like a female Long Tailed Duck in its winter plumage

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Lintrathen, 19 Dec

Postby Clive McKay » Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:05 pm

Lots of duck out on the open water today due to icy edges, included 1 SHELDUCK (first returning spring migrant?), 3 GCGREBE and 1 LGREBE, 22 WHOOPERS.

Knock of Formal - 1 Merlin flew over.

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December 21st. WOODCOCK - PURPLE SANDPIPERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:41 pm

DECEMBER 21ST. 1400HRS. WOODCOCK 1 at N.O. 689474 just past Inchock Farm

DECEMBER 21ST 1430HRS. PURPLE SANDPIPERS 17 On breakwater wall in Arbroath Harbour at high tide

DECEMBER 21ST. 9-40AM. KINGFISHER 1 On Island Pond at Monikie Country Park

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Nicola Main » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:57 pm

Had about seven or eight Fieldfares fly over the garden this morning at about 10am and a solitary one actually in the garden about 11.30am.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:10 pm

23 Dec 2009 Condor East 626430. With reports of white Hare on the airfield tried to find them but unsuccessful. So thought I would check the pond area and found pair Mallard, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzards and the best count of all 35 Snipe. All quite visible and once I had left the area they started to come back in again like squadrons of aircraft. This count is a record since records started about 10 years ago

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Water Rail, Newmill, 10am

Postby Roy Adamson » Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:20 pm

Water Rail feeding around our bird table this morning.

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Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:30 am

Thurs 24 DEC Crudies Farm 616415 0520 sitting on a fence caught in headlights a Beautiful Barn Owl

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sightings in Monifieth garden

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:30 pm

usually only have 2 woodpigeons at a time but a huge flock yesterday and today
more than 13 blackbirds most of the day
2 male and one female yellowhammer
at least 6 long tailed tits on fat and peanuts several times every day
male blackcap on fat
most days have female gs woodpecker but not today
no sign of female sparrowhawk today either, see it regularly and last Saturday it caught a male blackbird and stayed over an hour plucking and eating it
3 grey squirrels, 2 together with normal tails, one alone with a short tail (some kind of accident)

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:34 pm

A large mixed flock of small birds currently feeding in a field of game cover at Cookston farm, Eassie. Easily viewed from road. A female hen harrier was trying constantly to catch birds, other raptors were 2 buzzards and a Kestrel.
The flock contains chaffinch, brambling (12 ), yellowhammer ( 200+), reed bunting, greenfinch,goldfinch,redpoll.
Other birds there include grey partridge, red-legged partridge, fieldfare, thrushes & redwings.

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Forfar Loch

Postby srgreen » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:49 pm

Xmas Eve - 2nd winter Iceland Gull in the evening roost again by the sailing club, for its second night. Also Scaup still present, 3 males and 1 female today, plus the 2 hybrid drake Aythya (Lesser Scaup lookalikes) still present. SRG

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Postby Barry Farquharson » Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:38 pm

50+ Fieldfares transitting back and forward from Arklay Street (bushes in car parks behind 'newer' blocks of flats between Tannadice street and Dundonald Street) towards Court Street (to Maryfield playing fields area?), seen from home.

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Skylarks

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:51 pm

750, maybe 800 skylarks in stubble files at Scurdie Ness yesterday

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sightings in Monifieth garden

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:57 pm

single fieldfare appeared among blackbirds mid morning and has remained eating apples
looked out at 3.30 and at least 12 fieldfares were eating the apples and pears I stuck on our old plum tree

also gs woodpecker, yellowhammers and longtailed tits

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Postby DK » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:28 pm

Had a solitary snipe in back garden (arbirlot) for most of the afternoon today.

Yesterday a buzzard in garden on kids climbing frame close to the bird feeder for some time.

For the last week or so daily visits by groups of 3-8 fieldfares and 5-7 grey partridge.

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D4ecember 27th. GREY PARTRIDGE - PINKFEET

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:23 pm

December 27th. 1350 hrs.. pm. GREY PARTRIDGE 25 In Field leading to HATTON WASTE WATER WORKS -- largest gathering of this scarce species I have recorded . --
Also in same area , in fields leading to Hatton Waste Water Works , 600 PINK FOOTED GEESE .

December 27th. 1415hrs.pm. PINKFOOTED GEESE 850 In Field on Left side of Dual C/Way at turn off to Monifieth / Monikie Country /Park

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Charles Rough » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:43 pm

i had some nice views of a perched peregrine on the cliffs near auchmithie today,this is the closest i have been to a peregrine,
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d91/k ... egrine.jpg
other birds seen were kestrel/buzzard/m/f stonechat/robin/dunnock/blue tit/cormorant/male eiders/carrion crow/fieldfare/pinkfoots flying over/great black backed gull/shag, plus 1 mouse leaping and bounding through the snow,
this is the first time i have seen a mouse do this

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December 29th. GREEN SANDPIPER

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:28 pm

December 29th. 10-45a.m. GREEN SANDPIPER 1 In Craigmill Den Carnoustie - Far end of the Den ,opposite where you now have to park when visiting the Den . keeping company with 2 DIPPERS , Also in Den 2 SNIPE. 1 REDSHANK

I lost the Green Sand , will have a look tomorrow for it - Under footing is very icey , take care if visiting this area .

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Ferryden 29th December PM

Postby Barry Farquharson » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:25 pm

1 Golden Plover on rocks at Scurdie Ness lighthouse. Large flock of Skylark in field behind lighthouse. Also a seperate flock of Linnets (not sure if there are any Twite among them) containing at least 1 Snow Bunting, (Snow Bunting spotted later in digital photo) in fields by path to Usan. Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting also seen. 31 Purple Sandpiper on rocks by river mouth also.

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December 30th TWITE / PEREGRINE

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:14 pm

Dec. 30th 11am. TWITE 30 ON TRACK ON WAY TO WIGEON HIDE - AT CLOSE QUARTERS , MANY
BEARING RINGS
From Hide itself . witnessed spectacle of PEREGRINE FALCON taking a REDSHANK

Plus at high tide close ups of - PINTAIL , WIGEON, EIDER , SHOVELLER , KNOT, BAR TAILED GODWITS - REDSHANK , CURLEWS , OYSTERCATCHERS, DUNLIN , QUITE A SPECTACLE ! Underfoot conditions a bit dodgy !

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Wednesday 30th December 2009 - Waxwings

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:27 am

Date & Time: Wednesday 30th December 2009 - 1:00pm
Species: Waxwing
Details: 16x Waxwings at 1:00pm today flew west over Old Halkerton Road, Forfar.
Did not see them stop or drop down at any point during brief view.

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Re: DECEMBER 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

Postby Mickey Mellon » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:49 am

31 Dec 2009 Letham Grange grid 632460 Peebles must be my lucky time at moment had another Barn Owl flying around at 0700. Appeared on hunting mission Happy New Year


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