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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:20 pm

19/Aug 2014 St Vigeans 0930-1145 Blue Tits, Coal tits, Great Tits, Woodies, Chaffinches, Crows, Wrens, Moorhen, Grey Herons, Gold finches, Black birds, Willow Warblers, Song Thrush, Robins, Buzzards + 1 Juv, mHouse Martins, Herring Gulls, Jackdaws, Blackcap.

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August 19th CRAIG MILL DEN BIRDS

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:14 pm

AUGUST 19TH 11-30AM CRAIGMILL DEN IN TOTAL RECORDED 24 SPECIES - HIGHLIGHTS WERE - SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 COMMON SANDPIPER 1 BLACKCAP 2 STOCK DOVE 1 WHITETHROAT 1
SPARROW HAWK - BUZZARD -GREY HERON - 6 MALLARDS

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Sandwich terns

Postby simonbusuttil » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:10 pm

1800 roosting on the Basin this evening

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Sandwich terns on Montrose Basin

Postby simonbusuttil » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:01 am

Numbers fell to just 500 last night

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:54 am

23 Aug Non birding. Just a little reminder for all members booked on the Bell Rock trip. Please be at Arbroath harbour 11.30, boat sails at noon, £12 per head, no scopes please, parking could be tight so car share if poss. Look forward to seeing you all regards Mickey

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:57 am

23 Aug forgot to say Wed 27th Aug Mickey

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A ridiculous seawatch

Postby simonbusuttil » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Had a few hrs to spare and no car, so I thought I'd sit it out at Fishtown of Usan and try for a lazy Pom or a lethargic Balearic - something in keeping with the warmth of a late August afternoon. Instead....summer plumaged little auk !

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August 23rd NOW WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE !!

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:00 pm

AUG. 23RD 1500HRS CARNOUSTIE BAY SCOTER MIXED FLOCK OF 500 IN BAY . But Bob had forgotten his scope ! So will check tomorrow and hopefully will find the overdue Surf Scoter !

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Re: August 23rd NOW WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE !!

Postby srgreen » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:24 pm

Bob McCurley wrote:AUG. 23RD 1500HRS CARNOUSTIE BAY SCOTER MIXED FLOCK OF 500 IN BAY . But Bob had forgotten his scope ! So will check tomorrow and hopefully will find the overdue Surf Scoter !


They've been there for weeks Bob, I've had a good look through them last week and they were ALL Common's.

On another note, this appeared on the Aberdeens yahoo group tonight -
I was surprised to see a common crane fly over the A90 just north of Brechin and land on the edge of a field just meters from the A90 (on the western side). A brilliant sight, and a first for me!
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Posted by: mr.scowl@gmail.com

Cheers, SRG

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:47 pm

Lintrathen loch 9am.

plenty birds feeding among berry bushes on track to old hide;

including blackcap,chiffchaff,willow warbler,whitethroat & garden warblers.

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Ian Bell » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:58 pm

2 Golden Eagles In an Angus Glen this morning and a male Marsh Harrier at Kinnordy In the afternoon.

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23rd AUGUST 2014 Firecrest

Postby joncook » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:52 pm

Report of a Firecrest briefly in a garden at Memus yesterday.

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Med and Little Gulls

Postby Alex Shepherd » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:13 am

Date & Time: Sunday 24th August 2014 - 08.15 pm

Species: Med and Little Gulls

Details: At least one Med Gull and one Little Gull behind the Night Club at Arbroath each of the last three evenings. Tonight two Med, one Little Gull adult and one juvenile, also juveniles seen at Lunan Bay and Elliot. Video taken at dusk tonight when there's less disturbance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQxsE74QgEk

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24th August 2014

Postby srgreen » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:29 am

Arbroath - 150+ Little Gulls feeding offshore in pm, inc quite a few this year's juvs, 2 Sooty shearwaters n past, 2 Bonxie n past. also ad Med Gull on roof of asda. SRG

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23rd-25th August - Recent AGV Messages

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:56 pm

Recent AGV Messages

Friday 23rd August:
AGV Ad hobby hunting 1mile s of forfar, half mile to e of balmashanner, fri 4pm, grid ref approx NO466493, srg

Saturday 24th August:
AGV Hobby hunting swallows over Lunan Bay. Seen from hide at 11.20am. Earlier a marsh harrier juv at 'Slunks', Montrose Basin. GMS

Sunday 24th August:
AGV 3 med gulls at Bowling Alley, Arbroath 9am GMS

AGV Great Skua, 2 Ravens. Cuthlie harbour near Auchmithie. 5pm. Neil Black

AGV Curlew sand (juv), male ruff 11+ Greenshank @ wigeon hide pool. Chris
2 sooty shears n, 2 bonxies n in 45mins off arbroath sun pm, srg

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August 25th Carnoustie Bay

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:13 pm

Aug. 25th 7-30 pm CARNOUSTIE BAY From Barry Buddon - 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS > N. Seen by Bob & Graham

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Mon 25th Aug 2014

Postby srgreen » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:07 am

Forfar loch -
ruff 1 still, been there a week now
Fishtown Usan - 6 hours from 1.40pm
Storm petrel 1n
Pom skua 2n, inc 1 ad full spoons
Manxies 469n
Arctic skua 12n
Bonxie 2n, 1s
Whimbrel 2, Little gull 1 ad

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Barry Farquharson » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:36 pm

90% certain that I heard a Yellow Wagtail overflying Arklay Street, Dundee at 7.35am today (Tuesday 26/8). Unfortunately I was stood in a bus shelter at the time, and didn't see the bird or what direction it was headed (I suspect Dundee Law may be a feature used to navigate and maybe worth an early morning visit to watch for vis-mig). Usually hear (and sometimes see) Meadow Pipits moving through at this time of year but Yellow Wagtail was a pleasant surprise (had been listening to the calls at the weekend as I hoped I might have picked one up over in Fife on Saturday - had to be content with an overflying Tree Pipit and a White Wagtail).

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:37 pm

an hour or so at Boddin Point between 4pm & 6pm .

2 Arctic Skua ...both close in
2 Bonxies...distant
1 adult Pomarine Skua, fairly close in , just beyond the marker flags.
all going north.

No sign of any Manxies from there though.

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seawatching

Postby simonbusuttil » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:01 pm

I did a couple of sessions today - one am and one pm both of Fishtown of Usan. Everything pretty much moving north. Only one auk seen on the move - a razorbill (though a handful remain on the sea). Plenty of terns around too

0600 for 30 mins
manxie 22
gannet 218
fulmar 25
kittiwake 400
bonxie 2
rtd 1
c scoter 2

1430 for 40 mins
gannet 320
manxie 1
fulmar 29
kittiwake 1400
Arctic skua 6

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Wednesday 27th August 2014 - Hobby, Green Sandpiper

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:23 pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 27th August 2014
Species: Hobby
Details: Usual birds on the ADBC pelagic to the Bell Rock today, bird highlights for me was a couple of Manxies and an Arctic Skua, but cetaceans were perhaps more of a highlight.
(see also post in wildlife news section)
Driving home their was an adult Hobby on the main road to Auchmithie, just south of the Windyhills turn off. Flying east. at 4:05pm.


apologies for late post...
Thursday 21st August - had a Green Sandpiper flying south over the A92 roadabout just as you leave Arbroath in the Montrose direction. (where the Jasmine Chinese is). 3:00pm.
Monday 25th August - At kinnordy 2x Osprey and 2x Marsh Harrier in 30 minute lunch at 1pm, Gullery hide. One Marsh harrier had yellow wing tag and another possibly a white wing tag in brief view.

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kingfishers at Monifieth

Postby Barbara Grimmond » Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:04 pm

Very busy stretch of the Dighty at Monifieth this afternoon. Stood and watched 1 dipper and 2 grey wagtails. Also at the same time,
2 kingfishers flying about and landing on stones and a bit of wood. First kingfishers I have seen here. Also buzzard and heron seen.

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:01 pm

Fishtown of Usan..8am

70+ Manxies & 11 Arctic skuas north....went quiet after 8.45am

2 Little ringed Plovers at the Lurgies in afternoon on gravel bar above the slunks.

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby gus guthrie » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:31 pm

Little Egret, Whimbrel, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Osprey & 2 Kingfishers at Lurgies this morning.

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Pied Flycatcher, East Seaton, Arbroath

Postby Alex Shepherd » Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:27 am

Date & Time: Friday 29th August 2014 - 1915 hrs

Species: Pied Flycatcher

Details: The Pied Flycatcher found by Stuart at around 1615 was still in the willows in the main car park at East Seaton Farm, Arbroath at 1915. It was beside the portaloo behind the willows and although being moved around a bit by staff leaving in their cars it looked content to stay there. Later at Victoria Park (esplanade) Arbroath around 200 Little Gulls and a single Arctic Skua flying south, seen by myself and Graham. Record photo here, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:04 pm

30th Aug 0920-1030. Lurgies Grey Herons, Teal, Common Sand, Redshank, Goldcrest, Grey Lags, Canadas, Comorants, Various Gulls, Mute Swans, Linnet, Swallows, Woodies,Jackdaws, Little Grebes, Slunks, Little Egret, Osprey fishing, Buzzard huting around marsh.

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Re: AUGUST 2014 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

Postby Mickey Mellon » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:58 pm

30/08/2014 Lurgies missing out from this morning Green Shank

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Riverside Nature Park, Dundee 31/8/14

Postby Barry Farquharson » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:33 pm

Popped down to Riverside Nature Park early today to hopefully catch a wee bit of vis-mig. Lots of Meadow Pipits, some Tree Pipits, Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins aplenty (and a single Swift). A Spotted Redshank was in the burn in front of the hide. A Jay was at the eastern end of the park. A family of 5 Magpies were around all day. A Kingfisher was a new 'patch tick' for me, as was the rather more unexpected Fulmar which appeared from the direction of Ninewells. A couple of Tree Pipits dropped into the park mid-afternoon, one even having a bath in Buzzard Wood. Long Tailed Tits eluded me all day, I could hear them but didn't manage to see them. Finally connected with a very showy group as I headed for the exit. Previous record for number of species seen was 53 (+1 heard only). Today I managed to see 62 species!

Full list (0830-1710)- Blackbird, Blackcap (1), Black Headed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (1), Coal Tit, Common Gull, Common Sandpiper (2), Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fulmar (1), Goldcrest (1), Goldfinch, Goosander (1), Great Black Backed Gull, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Greenshank (1), Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail (2), Herring Gull, House Martin, Jackdaw, Jay (1), Kestrel (1), Kingfisher (1), Lapwing (100+), Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie (5), Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan (3), Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Reed Bunting (1), Robin, Feral Pigeon, Sand Martin, Sandwich Tern, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Redshank (1), Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift (1), Teal, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat (1), Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer.

Also Red Admiral, Large White and Peacock butterflies, Common Darter dragonflies, Pond Skaters and a Diving Beetle, Nettle Tap and Common Carpet moths.


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