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10 - APRIL 2007 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:33 pm

Angus Bird Sightings for APRIL 2007
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SUNDAY 1st April 2007 - Iceland Gull

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:41 pm

Date & Time: SUNDAY 1st April 2007 - 12:45pm
Species: 1st Winter Iceland Gull
Location: 1st Winter Iceland Gull showing very well in main Arbroath Harbour, Angus.
12:45pm-1:00pm at least.


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Common Crane Boddin Farm by Montrose

Postby Gordon Anderson » Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:43 pm

Common Crane seen feeding in ploughed field. Viewable from the back road between Dunninald and Fishtown of Usan. Local farmer says bird arrived yesterday.15.30hrs Sunday 01 04 07

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April 1st. LITTLE GULLS

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:19 pm

1ST April 1400hrs LITTLE GULLS 17

RESCOBIE LOCH , NR. FORFAR N.O. 515516

These Birds are using Rescobie as a stop -over on their way to their Breeding grounds in Nth. East Europe

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MONDAY 2nd April 2007 - Common Crane

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:48 pm

Date & Time: MONDAY 2nd April 2007 - 10:15-11:30am
Species: Common Crane
Location: Relocated the Common Crane this morning.
North of Boddin and just North of Cemetary but ranging from ploughed field to ploughed field around thia area. Record shots here later.
Apparently seen just west of Scotston Farm early afternoon.

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Had a Chiffchaff calling today down Lochview Road, Forfar also.

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Common Crane, Iceland Gull, Sand Martins, Monday 2nd April

Postby Ken Hall » Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:46 pm

Common Crane flying north east from just north of Lunan, then relocated in ploughed field west of Scotston farm, 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Iceland Gull again in Arbroath harbour, 3.00pm. About 10 Sand Martins at Rescobie Loch 4.00pm. :D

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TUESDAY 3rd April 2007 - Common Crane, iceland Gull

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:33 pm

Date & Time: TUESDAY 3rd April 2007
Species: Common Crane, Iceland Gull
Location: Common Crane again showing in the ploughed fields around the Boddin, Scotston area this morning at least.

Saw the Iceland Gull again today down at the Arbroath Harbour. 5:00pm.

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Sand Martins

Postby Neil Mitchell » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:18 am

The first of the Sand Martins (2) were flying around the artificial bank in front of the wildlife centre at 9am today (wed).

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WEDNESDAY 4th April 2007 - Common Crane

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:33 pm

Date & Time: WEDNESDAY 4th April 2007
Species: Common Crane
Location: Common Crane again showing well very early this morning and birdguides shows mid morning also. All in the same area as previously posted.
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Postby darellberthon » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:05 pm

Wednesday 4th April 2007 2pm

Osprey Fishing in front of east hide at Loch of Kinnordy. One very large pike taken.

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Common Crane

Postby HarryB » Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:28 am

The Common Crane has been re-found this morning, by Rob Noble-Nesbitt, at Scotston of Usan Farm.
The bird does not seem to like having anyone closer than about 100+ yards.Trying to get closer, simply results in it taking off and having to be re-found.
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Various - 05/04/2007

Postby Alan Leitch » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:13 pm

Swallow - Balbrydie Farm, Kirriemuir

Inner Firth of Tay

Smew (1) Redhead
Greenshank (2)
Marsh Harrier (2)
Chiffchaff (5+) singing

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Thursday 5th April 07 - Common Crane

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:16 am

Birdguides reports Common Crane showing throughout day, Thursday 5th April 07.
In the usual Scotston/Boddin Ploughed field areas.

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Frid. April 6th. WHEATEARS -- OSPREY - LITTLE PLOVER

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:40 pm

6TH APRIL - WHEATEARS 3 at Balintore Grid Ref, NO 289590

time 9-30 am. --
OSPREYS 2 AT LOCH OF KINNORDY R.S.P.B. RESERVE KIRRIEMUIR NO. 360543 TIME 11-30AM.

A LITTLE PLOVER was reported seen passing thru the county today
this is a very interesting early record sighting of this Spring migrant .

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Common Crane at Scotston of Usan Farm this a.m.

Postby HarryB » Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:48 am

The Common Crane was at Boddin Farm in the bare field above the railway line until approx 08:30 today.
It flew to Scotston of Usan Farm and is in the bare field to the north west of the main farm buildings. It was there at 09:00
There is a turnip/suede store north of the farm and that is the best place to park, as the farmer is extremely busy and that leaves the farm road clear.
This bird consistently keeps about 150 yards away from any of the roads/tracks.
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Pink-footed Geese

Postby HarryB » Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:59 am

Sorry: Forgot to mention that the Common Crane is in the same field as approx. 170 Pink-footed Geese, but is not associating with them. When I last saw it, it was on the right hand side of the field as described above and was sometimes going into the long grass amongst the row of trees at the northernmost edge of the field
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Sunday 8th April 2007 - Common Crane

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Apr 08, 2007 3:19 pm

Sunday 8th April 2007
Birdguides reporting the Common Crane still present at usual location mid morning at least.

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Report of Black-throated Diver at Kinnaber

Postby HarryB » Sun Apr 08, 2007 4:21 pm

A report this morning (finder unspecified) of a Black-throated Diver on River North Esk at Kinnaber, was investigated.
Without prejudice to the Black-throated Diver report, only an excellent Red-throated Diver, showing extremely well, was found.
The bird is mostly seen downstream of the run out of the lade opposite the Fisherman's Cottage and can be as far downstream as the gravel islands.
Seen at 16:00 today Sunday 8 April
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Mon. April 9th COMMON CRANE

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:14 pm

9TH APRIL COMMON CRANE 12-20 PM

COMMON CRANE Still at Scotston of Usan Farm

in field on Nth Western side of Farm -- go thru Farm yard and Bird is in 1st. Field on Left hand side of track , it was in far corner where dead tree is standing , it was standing on edge of field in grassy area

SAND MARTINS Showing well from Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre from viewing window ( my First of Year ! )

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Hooded Crow Montrose Basin 10th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:29 pm

Hi All,

A rare sighting for Angus, Hugh B has found a hooded crow feeding the mud on the far side of the basin. It is visible from the wildlife centre or the Wigeon hide.

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Common Crane at Scotston of Usan Farm. Wed 11/7

Postby HarryB » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:55 am

The Common Crane is again at Scotston of Usan Farm and is in the field to the south west of the main farm building (the one with the black polythene bales outside).
Reported this mornig at 09:00 by Rob Noble- Nesbitt
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Iceland Gull still at Arbroath Harbour today (Wed 11/04/07)

Postby HarryB » Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:42 pm

Apologies: Rob Noble-Nesbitt also reported the Iceland Gull this at Arbroath Harbour. (See Mark Caunt's excellent pictures of the bird in this website).
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Osprey

Postby Dave Adam » Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:37 pm

Osprey soaring over Brechin today 4pm.

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Swallow

Postby RAB » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:58 pm

My first swallow of the year in Arbroath today (Thur).

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April 13th. WHEATEARS

Postby Bob McCurley » Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:50 pm

13TH April WHEATEARS 2 ( females ) 1530hrs.

on Barry buddon ( at last ! ) near Lighthouse compound

also on Estate -- 3 STONECHATS -- I MAGPIE -

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Postby Barry Farquharson » Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:10 pm

Seen at Forfar Loch this morning 13/4/07.

1 Redpoll
1 Drake Shoveler
4 Sand Martins

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Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve - 13/04/2007

Postby Alan Leitch » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:41 pm

Green Sandpiper - Gullery Hide

Willow Warbler - 3 singing males along footpath

Blackcap - Singing male on footpath to Kirriemuir

Ospreys are now fishing daily on the site.

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14th April -- SWALLOWS AND WILLOW WARBLERS

Postby Bob McCurley » Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:35 pm

14TH April 11am 4 SWALLOWS and 1 WILLOW WARBLER

at FORFAR LOCH (West end of Loch )

14th April 1500hrs. 3 SWALLOWS at Redcastle hide area Lunan Bay - reported by Ian Hall

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154th April - House Martins - Willow Warblers

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:29 pm

April 15th. 1300hrs. HOUSE MARTINS 2

At ELEPHANT ROCK /TODDS HOLE , BESIDE OLD CEMETERY, JUST NORTH OF BODDIN POINT, AT GRID REF. N.O. 716539

WILLOW WARBLERS 3 at Leysmill Farm -- 1 at Lurgies Montrose Basin , and 2 at Condor R,.M. Arbroath

CHIFFCHAFFS -- 1 at Ethie Mains Farm , 1 at Barry Buddon , Lt. House Road today 15th April
WHEATEAR 1 At Elliot / Arbirlot Trail Arbroath N.O. 609408

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WeBS Count 16/4/07

Postby Neil Mitchell » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:04 am

WeBS on Sunday,

Red Throated diver 2
Cormorant 3
Grey Heron 3
Mute Swan 78
Whooper Swan 6
PF Goose 921
Shelduck 224
Wigeon 120
Teal 21
Mallard 30
Pintail 225
Eider935
Oystercatcher 362
Ringed Plover 1
Lapwing 15
Knot 14
Snipe 3
Black T Godwit 6
Bar T Godwit 12
Curlew 306
redshank 209
Greenshank 1
Turnstone 30
LBB 2
Herring 36
BH 4
Razorbill 2
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Sunday 16/4 House Martin

Postby Neil Mitchell » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:07 am

House martin and 3 Sandmartin- high above Montreathmont Forest near Jims Hide.
Also Chiff Chaff calling,
Pair of GS woodpecker from the hide

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Mon. April 16th COMMON SANDPIPERS - LITTLE GULLS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:12 pm

16TH APRIL 10AM COMMON SANDPIPER 1 LITTLE GULLS 13

At forfar Loch 436504 West End - Sandpiper was in small bay opposite and just below Yacht Club

16th April 11am COMMON SANDPIPER 1

AT MURTON WILDLIFE RESERVE FORFAR AT N.O. 477519

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Black Grouse survey

Postby Clive McKay » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:22 pm

Dear all

I'm currently doing a Black Grouse lek survey (along with Anna Taylor) of the Angus glens. Would be grateful for any info on leks that you might have encountered recently (over the last few years) on your travels.

Any details would be gratefully received at clive.mckay@btinternet.com

Saw my first Angus Golden Eagle last week - a fair distance from the hills just north of Kirkton of Kingoldrum - a wandering 1 yr bird, very high, being mobbed by every Buzzard in the vicinity. Also recently fledged Crossbill at Backwater Res, and a trickle of Greylags passing north through the glens - quite an impressive sight when they meet the Caenlochan Corries and head straight over the top of them undeterred by the mist!

Cheers

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Tues. April 117th. SWALLOWS /SANDMARTINS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:24 pm

17TH April -1300hrs. SWALLOWS 10 - SANDMARTINS 8

At POWMOUTH Grid Ref. N.O. 676573

also 2 COMMON SANDPIPERS + 2 DIPPERS

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Migrants 17th April 2007

Postby Ken Hall » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:49 am

Several Willow Warblers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Male Blackcap, a few Sand Martins at Forfar Loch yesterday am. Swallows coming through in small numbers at Kinnordy.

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19th. April RING OUZEL- SANDWICH TERN - BLACK TAIL GODWIT

Postby Bob McCurley » Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:16 pm

April 19th. 1400hrs. RING OUZEL 1 Glen Lethnot N.O.464717

Also in Glen - SWALLOW- RED GROUSE-- WHEATEARS


April 19th - 1500hrs. SANDWICH TERN 2 ( at last ! ) seen from Redcastle Hide at Lunan Bay , plus , Common Scoter , Red Thoated Diver , Long Tailed Duck, Red Breasted Mergansers . 200 KITTIWAKES feeding off shore .

April 19th. 1600 hrs. BLACK TAILED GODWITS 22 on Denfind Pond at Monikie Country Park N.O. 503379 --

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Tree Pipit

Postby RAB » Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:08 pm

1 Tree Pipit this morning (Fri) , Cliffburn Gulley.

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Golden Plover

Postby Dave Adam » Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:53 pm

15 Golden Plovers with Lapwings in field at Englishman's Hillock, Lethnot. Presume they are on route to the hill tops.

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Monikie Country Park 20 April

Postby Alex Smith » Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:12 pm

This evening male Blackcap

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Glenesk 20 April

Postby Clive McKay » Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:18 pm

Female Ring Ouzel in birches just west of Tarfside this morning. Also 2 Woodcock feeding beside the road - unusually tame and visible. 600+ Pink-feet still hanging around Kilgarie, west of Edzell, along with 175 Golden Plover. Over 300 Sand Martin at Loch of Lintrathen on way back, but only 3 Swallows.


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