18 - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2007 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Lapland and snow bunting

Postby simonbusuttil » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:06 pm

(At least) one Lapland bunting and one snow bunting among pipits etc in stubble field adjacent to official footpath between Scurdie Ness Road and Usan.

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Rough-legged Buzzard at Montrose Harbour Sun 23rd

Postby HarryB » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:06 pm

Keith Hendrie found a Rough-legged Buzzard today at Montrose Harbour.
The bird was seen regularly for about one and a half hours (from 11;30 to at least 13:00). The bird regularly sits on the fence across from Ferryden car park which is just past the shop and at the phone box (all on the left as you come in from Montrose).
Looking across the River South Esk to the right hand end of the docks, there is a blue crane, with its jib down on the ground and extended its full length. There's a very large pale green shed behind this. Look on the fence in the region of the blue crane.
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NOT A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD!!!

Postby HarryB » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:11 pm

Hughie Bell and Bob McCurley got the buzzard in flight and it is a COMMON BUZZARD!
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Ferryden "Buzzard"

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:52 pm

The only Buzzard I saw and photographed was also a Common Buzzard at the exact location you posted and was put on the Club grapevine. Unless its a diffferent bird Keith saw.

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Harbour Buzzard

Postby keith hendrie » Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:07 pm

The bird is back on the fence this morning, and I still cant say it is a common buzzard, certain aspects of plumage,habit, etc. make it more like one of the "steppe" sub-species. Objective opinions would be appreciated.

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Common Buzzard opposite Ferryden on South Esk at Montrose

Postby HarryB » Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:54 pm

Monday 24th December.

The bird is definitely a Common Buzzard (despite the fact I was sure it wasn't!)
After 45 minute wait, got really good views of the tail this morning (20-60x lens) and although it appears to have many features of Rough-legged Buzzard (small bill, small feet, blackish sides to belly and grey terminal band UNDER tail) it is clearly a Common Buzzard.
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Monday 24th December 2007

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:23 pm

I received an email today from a Chris Burris, a professor in Canada, who asked me if I could post this for him:
Today (24th Dec) I had 1x KINGFISHER and 50x PURPLE SANDPIPERS at Ferryden en route to the lighthouse.


Birdguides is also showing today...
2 Adults and 2 Juvenile Bewick's Swan off Old Montrose Pier, Montrose Basin, with Whooper Swans till dusk.

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Tuesday 25th December 2007 - Bewicks Swan

Postby Mark Caunt » Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:50 pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 25th December 2007 - 1:30pm
Species: Bewicks Swan
Details: There was 6x Bewicks Swans (2 imm and 4 adults) in a field adjacent to the Shelduck Hide at 1:30 this afternoon. In mixed flock of Mute and Whooper swans totalling at least 70.
I believe Bob got 5 of them at the same spot at about 2:30 ish. He may post his sighting later.

MAP LOCATION: 'CLICK ME'
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Dec. 25th. BEWICK'S SWANS

Postby Bob McCurley » Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:27 pm

DEC. 25TH. 1430 HRS. BEWICK SWANS 5 - ADS. 3 JUVS. 2

Near Shelduck hide Montrose Basin ( See Marks Map on previous post ) In company with Whooper Swans .

My First ever in Angus -- Very Scarce in our county

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Dec.26th. BEWICK SWANS -- RUFF

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:38 pm

Dec. 26th. 10a.m. approx. BEWICK SWANS 2Ads. and 2 Juvs.

still present at same site as yesterday , i.e, near Shelduck Hide
Montrose Basin ( see Marks Map on previous posting for exact site )
They flew off in direction of Bridge of Dun but hopefully will return to join the Whooper Flock again .
Dec. 26th. 12-30pm. RUFF 1
From Westhaven small harbour car park , on foreshore

Looks like we have an overwintering RUFF !


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