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6 - JUNE 2014 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for JUNE 2014

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:07 pm

2 x 1st summer little gulls at west end of forfar loch 6.30pm

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Lurgies Bull

Postby Alex Shepherd » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:22 pm

There is an Aberdeen Angus Bull with the cattle and calves at the Lurgies and although usually placid tonight he started snorting and stamped a foot as a warning to me. It may be I was blocking their route off the path or because of the calves? Take care.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby KDO » Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:26 am

Dundee.
March to 04/06/2014.
Fairmuir Park:
Magpies (pair)

02/06/2014
Clatto Country Park Resevoir
Great Crested Grebe (pair)

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3rd June 2014 poss. Crane over Dundee

Postby joncook » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:50 am

Have received a report of a probable Crane flying over Dundee University yesterday 3.30pm, heading south towards Invergowrie.
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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:25 pm

04/06/2014 Craig Mill Den 10.00 Wren, Woodpigeons, Yellow Hammer, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Crow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit,
Mallard, spotted Flycatacher, Herring Gull, Long Tailed Tit (14), Blue tit, Black Cap, Song Thrush, House Martin, Green Finch, Grey Wagtail, Great Tit.

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Lurgies, Scaup Drake

Postby Alex Shepherd » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:44 pm

Friday 6th June 2014 - 2.30 pm

Scaup.

Drake seen from Lurgies looking into Mill Burn, spooked along with Redshanks by a raptor and not re-located.

Water rail in reeds near car park.

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Monday 9th June 2014 - AGV

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:27 pm

Monday 9th June 2014 - AGV Message
AGV Drake ring necked duck, murton gravel pit, mon 11:20, viewable from car park

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Charles Rough » Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:41 am

1 coloured ringed dipper on the burn that leads into the bay at riverside nature park Monday,blue/grey/yellow/red,1 pair of bullfinches at the hide area plus a pair of stock doves at the side of the lochan,at piper dam a pair of Canada geese have 5 goslings,a single great crested grebe has been present here for the last 2 weeks

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:58 am

11/06/2014 yesterday 10 Jun google down. Club house Arbroath 6 House Martins nests with all young being fed by parents.

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AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:13 am

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Monday 9th June 2014
AGV Spotted crake singing at west of kinnordy loch. 10.40pm. Gus Guthrie

Tuesday 10th June 2014
AGV Ring-necked Drake still at Murton, 1134. Main car park closed. Best viewed from near farm, open to ADBC members only. Alex Shepherd

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Terns and gulls

Postby simonbusuttil » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:42 pm

A look round Montrose - only one Arctic Tern AoT ("pair") on a roof at Forties Industrial Estate. Two small common tern colonies - one of ca 25 AoTs (prs) on a roof at Glaxo and another of similar size at Forties Ind Estate. No ground nesting Arctics at Glaxo, this morning at least. All rather depressing.

Black-headed gulls - a handful (ca 20 prs) are breeding at Forties but much reduced in numbers on their best years. Murton NR as ever looks good - about 200 young there this morning - from perhaps 150 or so pairs

Any other info welcomed

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Wednesday 11th June 2014 - AGV

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:12 pm

Wednesday 11th June 2014 - AGV
Moulting male garganey at Murton. Shallow pool. RnDuck still present. Simon Busuttil

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Re: Canada Goose breeding

Postby simonbusuttil » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:29 am

From Tuesday
Charles Rough wrote:......at piper dam a pair of Canada geese have 5 goslings......


From a quick (though not exhaustive) look at the literature (including ADBC Reports, Bird Atlas 2007 - 11, Crichton's Birds of Angus and the two Birds of Scotland) this would appear to be the first recent breeding record of this species in the County (though the species is possibly under-recorded). Interestingly The Historical Atlas of Breeding Birds (Holloway) shows Canada Geese as "common" in Angus in the period 1875 to 1900 - probably associated with collections. Does anyone have any other relevant information or recent records of breeding - esp in the south of the County with which I'm much less familiar ?

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:10 pm

adult Little Gull hawking at east of Forfar Loch tonight at 8pm. also counted 26 Great-crested Grebes, with at least 9 nests. At the west end of the loch were a group of 14 Gadwall together.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby iain buik » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:31 pm

Re breeding Canada Geese in Angus, I have my own copy of Henry Boase 's book The Birds of Angus which records all species historically up to 1956, I will have to dig this one out and find the data for you, From my memory Canada Geese were present but not in any significant numbers, Henry used to zip around Angus and Perthshire on a motor bike in the 1920's and 30's just birding! Being the son of a factory owner he was able to indulge in this, His book was never published,it was type written (probably by one of his secretaries!) and hand bound, if you can give me a couple of days I will dig it out, once I remember which pile of books/papers etc that it is in !! The only other pre 1900 book would be By J.Harvie Brown which was pioneering in its day but riddled with errors, and a lot of guess-Work and second or third hand accounts,Given that there were few birders and fewer binoculars or telescopes available, great care should be taken in interpreting this data source. Such as confusion of Canada Goose and Barnacle Goose! Also terminology Solan Goose which we accept as a Gannet, was also the name given to Barnacle Geese and so Canada Goose could easily be lumped in with this!
It would have been interesting what records would have been made if there were as many birders then as there is now with the quality optics . In those bygone days I would reckon that there would have been about 5 birders ( in the modern definition) that were active, Botany was the "in thing" then

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Canada Geese, Miss Erskines Bank

Postby Alex Shepherd » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:35 pm

Thursday 12th June 2014 - 4.00 pm

14 Canada Geese on Miss Erskines Bank this afternoon, also 17 Mergansers and 5 Shovelers.

Oystercatchers still wandering about outside my house in Arbroath since 1630, two youngsters being chided by an adult!

Newburgh, Ythan Estuary today, Little, Sandwich, Common, and Arctic Terns, King Eider sleeping on far bank but good views.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:10 pm

a male Cuckoo at Kinnordy Loch in the early afternoon, briefly perched above Gullery Hide before heading west.
Also another brood of Shovelers (5) appeared on the loch, this is the 3rd brood that i've seen of this species here at Kinnordy this year.
Spotted Crake was clearly audible from the roadside just past the Swamp Hide last night after dark.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:13 pm

Had a look at the terns at Glaxo out of an office window today (Sat 14 June) - best count was 90-100 common terns on the warehouse roof. Difficult to tell how many pairs as they all lifted at times. No sign of any Arctic terns though.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:35 pm

Spoonbill roosting at the Wigeon Hide, Montrose Basin at 4pm today.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby iain buik » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:54 am

Canada geese,
Just had a look at Birds of Angus by Henry Boase, Canada Goose were Uncommon, up to 1956 there are no reports of pre 1900 breeding and certainly suggests that Holloway's book on Historical Breeding is totally wrong to state common breeder! (Or even Uncommon breeder!)Had a look for private collections and despite the popularity of wildfowl collections in Victorian times was not prevalent in this area seems like the local Gentry didnt want them on their estates! even in Perthshire very few waterfowl collections of note.

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16the June 2014 - Ring Necked Duck and eclipse Garganey

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:41 pm

Monday 16th June 2014
Ring Necked Duck and eclipse Garganey both still present today at Murton.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby simonbusuttil » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:22 pm

iain buik wrote:Canada geese,
Just had a look at Birds of Angus by Henry Boase, Canada Goose were Uncommon, up to 1956 there are no reports of pre 1900 breeding and certainly suggests that Holloway's book on Historical Breeding is totally wrong to state common breeder! (Or even Uncommon breeder!)Had a look for private collections and despite the popularity of wildfowl collections in Victorian times was not prevalent in this area seems like the local Gentry didnt want them on their estates! even in Perthshire very few waterfowl collections of note.


Thanks Iain

That's interesting. There is little backing in Holloway's own text for the map. Many thanks. It does look like this is a first breeding record - until we hear otherwise

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sidlaw hills

Postby Charles Rough » Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:19 am

i had a walkabout on the sidlaws on Monday,i was interested to see if I could find any stonechats,i couldn't find a single bird last year,i did find one pair,the parents were kept very busy collecting food,a pair of kestrels have also fledged young here,(the kestrels are a bit of a hit or miss when it comes to fledging young here)other birds seen
redpoll/goldcrest/willow warbler/chiffchaff/raven/buzzard/pied wagtail/meadow pipits/robin/carrion crow /whitethroats/linnets, 1 common lizard and 1 roe deer also seen

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:44 am

18/06/2014 on the 10th Charles Rough wrote about Dipper at Riverside Nature Park Blue/ metal , Grey is not used, Yellow/ Red. NR. LE0808, This Female was born 30/10/2012 on Fowlis Burn invergowrie.

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Tuesday 17th June 2014 - whooper swan

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:19 am

Date & Time: Tuesday 17th June 2014 - 12:00pm
Species: whooper Swan
Details: A whooper Swan from the old pier, Montrose Basin at midday with mutes, which I thought was an unusual summer record. At least 13x Canada geese at the Lurgies also.
RN duck still reported at Murton today.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby richardblackburn » Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:23 am

19 June

GlaxoSmithKline, montrose - The store roof with terns on currently has a single oystercatcher chick. No tern chicks yet. On a separate building roof there has been a report of a single common tern chick having been seen. Lets hope the remaining (~36 pairs) of common terns are successful this year.

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:34 am

AGV Thurssday 19th June
AGV Spotted Crake calling at 11 pm last night near swamp hide, Kinnordy, Wednesday 18th June. GMS

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Re: June 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby John Pearson » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:27 am

Heard a Spotted Crake very close by the Gullery Hide at Kinnordy at 06.00 am on19th June. I wouldn't have known that it was a Spotted Crake were it not for the previous reports on this website, and the excellent recordings available through the BTO website which make it a definite 'hearing'. I wish it had been a sighting!

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Kinnordy spotted crakes

Postby simonbusuttil » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:12 am

Three singing spotted crakes at Kinnordy at 11pm this evening (Friday). One was calling a few tens of metres immediately to the left of swamp hide, a second calling simultaneously at "2 o'clock" from swamp hide seemingly just to the left and further out from the clump of scots pines. From Gullery hide this bird appeared to be just "left of 12 o'clock". A third bird was heard from the west end, quite far into the marsh.

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Saturday 21st June 2014 - Quail

Postby Mark Caunt » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:04 pm

Date & Time: Saturday 21st June 2014
Species: Quail
Details: Quail calling intermittently just east of the farm West Mains of Auchmithie at 7:50 am today.
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Cuckoo and Scaup Drake, Lurgies

Postby Alex Shepherd » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:30 am

Date & Time: Sunday 22nd June 2014 - 12.00 am

Species: Cuckoo and Scaup

Details: Male Cuckoo calling from power lines near old railway line on route to Wigeon Hide, flew inland towards Bridge of Dun

Drake Scaup possibly the same one I reported on June 6th seen upstream from Shelduck Hide

Whooper Swan at the Lurgies, also around, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Mergansers, Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Skylark and 4 Brown hares.

Hand held HD videos of some of the above here if you select 1080, the Cormorant trying to swallow a flounder was far to ambitious, http://www.youtube.com/user/eckshepherd/videos

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Monday 23rd June 2014 - Quail

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Date & Time: Monday 23rd June 2014 - 9:50pm
Species: Quail
Details: At least 2 Quail calling now in wheat fields east of West mains of Auchmithie. Best accessed from ethie woods side. 665 442. 9:50 pm.
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24th June 2014 Turtle Dove

Postby joncook » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:30 pm

Have received a report of a Turtle Dove feeding in a private garden in Inverkeilor last night. Perhaps the same bird that was at Mains of Usan late May?
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Loch of Kinnordy

Postby Hugh Addlesee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:19 pm

A single Spotted Crake calling from about 11.15 last night, audible from both Swamp and Gullery Hides. Male Marsh Harrier seen briefly earlier.

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Little Gull, Arbroath

Postby Alex Shepherd » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:26 am

One Little Gull on the beach in front of the play park between the old bathing pool and the paddling pool at 2100, Saturday night.


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