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15 - SEPTEMBER 2007 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for SEPTEMBER 2007
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Med Gull

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Adult Med Gull today in Arbroath - sitting on its own on the grassy area in front of Focus DIY.
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3rd September

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3rd September

Hatton Pig Pool
Ruff 6

Hatton VisMIg
Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Merlin 1
Kestrel 1
Swift 1
Sand Martin 35
Swallow 930
House Martin 357
Meadow Pipit 880
Grey Wagtail 33
Alba Wagtail 19

Lintrathen, Peel Farm flood pool (opposite turn off to Balintore)
1 Green Sandpiper
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One pair of magpies at Barry Buddon, single jay at Three Mile Woodie (west of Arbroath)
Alan Leitch

Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve

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This week on the reserve...

Swift (1) on 3rd
Osprey (1) on 5th
Marsh Harrier (Juv female - a new individual)
Snipe (up to 18)
Water Rail (Showing well at Gullery & East hide)
Gadwall (38) on 2nd

also Siskin, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Stonechat, Sedge warbler, Willow Warbler and lots of Swallows.
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swallows

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Over Arbroath this morning, I estimated 1500+ Hirundines, mainly swallow, passed through between 0630 and 0700. The birds were moving in a large front, about 1/2 mile or so, so difficult to estimate exact numbers.
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Geese at Montrose Fri 7th

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There are at least 5 pinks on the reserve today, I think these are the first of the new arrivals. Which I guess makes it officially Autumn.

Also Hugh Bell saw 12 Greenshank fly past the front of the centre this morning and Osprey sightings are daily at the moment. But although they've come close were still awaiting the first White Tailed Eagle sighting on the reserve.
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Sunday 2nd September 2007 - Sea Eagle

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Just received an email today from a Neil Robson.
He reports...
My wife and I saw Sea Eagle at boddin point while fishing sunday 2nd Sept appx 5pm to over our heads (appx 50 ft) flying from north of bay (todds hole) on seeing us it returned to same spot resting there for appx 10 mins then we lost sight of it.
Thanks for your email Neil.
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Friday Sept 7th :- Osprey and little egret on Montrose Basin. Also 1 curlew sandpiper in high tide roost in NE corner of the basin. Mediterranean gull along Arbroath esplanade and at Hatton 'pig pools' which are rapidly drying out - 3 ruff and 1 snipe. Graham Smith
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Med Gulls

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Two Med Gulls today on shore behind old bowling alley, Arbroath. 1 Adult and 1 2nd Winter.
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Usan shoreline

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Between Bodden and Fishtown- 20 Goldfinches, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe, 50+ Eider in eclipse, a pair of Buzzards seem to work this coastal strip, no sight of the earlier reported Sea Eagle, healthy population of young Cormorants.
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Sea eagle in the air north of Elephant Rock

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Local creel fisherman phoned Gordon Addison to report a "huge bird" this morning in the vicinity of the Elephant Rock - almost certainly the sea eagle that has been seen before in this area. Gordon Addison and I went looking for the bird but did not connect with it.
To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sea Eagle Boddin

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We had a report mid morning today of the sea eagle perched on bails just north of Boddin nr Elephant rock. This is from a regular dog walker in the area who has been seeing the bird frequently between Boddin and Fishtown of Usan. Most confirmed sightings related to the individual N tag.
Alan Leitch

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Red Kite - A bird circling over Culhawk Hill which is opposite the Gullery Hide at 0930hrs this morning.

No sign of Osprey or Marsh Harrier... Two Sedge Warblers and a Water Rail in front of the Gullery.
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White tailed eagle Montrose Basin

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At last we've had a visit to the reserve by one of the WT Eagles (N tag) from the reintroduction scheme. It was initially near Maryton steps first thing this morning it then moved to the Osprey perch nr Old Montrose Pier and was still in that area when I left at 10.30am.
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Sea Eagle & Red Kite at Glen Doll

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I'm posting this on behalf of my friend Mairead Slater. She phoned me to say that she had seen a sea eagle yesterday morning just south of Braedownie Farmhouse at Glen Doll. She said it was heading north and could only have been a sea eagle as it was huge. She also said she spotted a Red Kite outside the farmhouse last week.
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Pinks at Montrose

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Numbers of pinks moving are on the up. Around 250-300 have moved through the reserve today mostly skeins of 30 -60 birds. Some stopped briefly but the tide is fully in now and there are just a handful on the reserve.
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Montrose Basin

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In addition to the WT Eagle and Pink footed geese which Neil has already reported, a walk round the Lurgies this morning revealed a Peregrine, and a greenshank. The osprey was still present on the roost in the middle of the Basin and there were 10 little grebe and a kingfisher at Old Montrose pier.
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Approx 30 Pinkfoot flew over Easthaven this afternoon heading towards Fife.
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Pink-footed Geese - Two skeins on 20 and 25 overhead heading for Lintrathen at 1800hrs.

Greylag (3), Peregrine (1)
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Pinkfeet on the move Ian Ford

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Whenever I was outside in Dundee today I heard Pinkfeet flying over although the only ones seen were 30 very high heading SW this morning at 11am.
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Thursday 13th September 2007 - Great Shearwater, L.T. Skua

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Date & Time: Thursday 13th September 2007
Species: Great Shearwater, L.T. Skua
Location: 2 hour sea watch from Auchmithie early this morning produced a Great Shearwater heading north at 7:45am.
(There have been good numbers passing the East coast in the last couple of days and finally todays watch paid off!)
A Long Tailed Skua headed south at 7:30am.
Also numerous Sooty Shearwaters, x4 Arctic Skuas (all heading North) and x8 R.T. Divers (heading south).
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WT Eagle Montrose

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Thurs 13th.
The farmer at Mains of Dun Farm reported the WT Eagle (I presume white N tag)again perched on a fence post near the Shel Duck Hide first thing this morning.
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WTE Montrose BAsin

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The WT Eagle is showing well on the reserve today it has been around most of the morning along with an Osprey and the 2 Little Egrets.

The WT Eagle can be seen from the centre but better viewed from Old Montrose/lurgies or the Shelduck hide. Its spending a fair proprtion of time on the mud itself or on ground in long grass. We have watched birdwatchers walk straight past without noticing it!!
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Friday 14th September 2007 - Sabines Gull

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From Birdguides today...
Friday 14th September 2007
Sabine's Gull North past Fishtown of Usan at 08:35.
x120 Little Gull past north also.

Large shearwater species north past Fishtown of Usan at 17:00.
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Saturday 15th September 2007 - Pinkies

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Date & Time: Saturday 15th September 2007 - 9:05am
Species: Pink Footed Geese
Location: Flying South over Auchmithie this morning (9:05am) approx. x80 Pink Footed Geese.
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Three flocks of Fieldfares, each of approx 30 birds feeding in bare ploughed fields around Arbirlot.
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Saturday 15th September 2007 - Great Shearwater

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Richard Bramhall had another Angus Great Shearwater this week!
Saturday 15th September 2007 - One Great Shearwater North past Fishtown of Usan at 14:50
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Montrose Basin WeBS Sun 16th

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Just a summary of some of the species on the WeBS yesterday

Little grebe 5
Little Egret 1 (haven't seen more than Egret for a week or so now)
Grey Heron 26
Mute Swan 160
Shelduck 209
Wigeon 377
Mallard 336
Scaup 2
Eider 1,818
Goldeneye 15
RB Merg 13
Oycs 1,179
Lapwing 140
Knot 61
Dunlin 92
BK T Godwit 89
Bar T Godwit 19
Curlew 400
Redshank 1,860
Greenshank 19
Turnstone 31
Kingfisher 1
Guilllemot 6
Razorbill 3

At low tide yesterday there were 4,200 Pinks
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Monday 17th September 2007 - Black Tern

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Monday 17th September 2007
Birdguides reporting a Black Tern at Forfar Loch this morning.
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Magpie near Monifieth

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On behalf of my sister ... she said she saw one Magpie near Monifieth this afternoon while on the bus. I know DK saw a pair near Barry Buddon on the 5th September. Perhaps this is one of the pair he saw?
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White Tailed Eagle Montrose

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Wed 19th
The White Tailed Eagle was at Old Montrose Pier/Lurgies most of this morning.
At first light there were around 9,500 Pinks
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Sea Eagle (Erne) at The Lurgies September 20 midday

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John Hendrie has re-found the Sea Eagle in the large field at The Lurgies today, opposite The Slunks. It was being mobbed by crows.
Best approached from Old Montrose Pier.
This bird has white wing patch 'N' and is clearly yesterday's bird.
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White Tailed Eagle Montrose Basin 20th

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The WTEseems to have bcome a pretty regular fixture in the vicinity of Old Montrose Pier/Lurgies.
As yet I have not seen it feeding, but it must be finding food somewhere. Claire Smith from the RSPB is keen to find out what its feeding on. If anybody sees it feeding could they please let her know at
eastscotlandseaeagles@rspb.org.uk

Other sightings
4 Greenshank in the Millburn
1 Ruff in Pool behind the Shelduck hide
14 Canada geese

1,800 Pinks Tayock

Also a reminder that we have a another optics fair at the centre 10.30-5 on sat 21st and sun 22nd
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Curlew Sandpiper from Montrose Railway Station bridge

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Hughie Bell has just seen a Curlew Sandpiper (18.00) this evening from the bridge over the railway line at Montrose Station. The bird then flew off to the Tayock area.
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Black Terns & lost Razorbill!

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At least 5 Black Terns in off at Lunan Bay hide between 1800-1900 hrs briefly joining Gull roost before heading south.Also 20 Little Gulls.
1530 hrs a lost Razorbill at Forfar Loch nr Sand Martin bank.Also 23 Canada Geese,30 Little Grebes and Kingfisher heard.
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Scoter off North Esk

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90 common Scoter and 15 Velvet Scoter off mouth of the North Esk at 3.30 this afternoon. Also Red Throated Diver still in summer plumage.
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11.00 22/9/07 Sea Eagle at lurgies

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Sea Eagle on the shore line 200m East of the Lurgies carpark by the old Pier.
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Sea Eagle

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Next to Sleepyhillock cemetery, landed in Pines at the cottages along the main road at 1.15pm. Huge hand sized talons, this bird is unmistakeably massive! Mobbed by crows.
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curlew sands and Med Gull

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3 Juv. Curlew Sand yesterday (Sat) at Rossie Spit, Montrose Basin. 2 Adult Med Gull at Arbroath West Links today.
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