11 - NOVEMBER 2008 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Nov. 15th. MED. GULL -- WAXWINGS

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Nov. 15th. 12 noon MEDITERRANEAN GULL Adult Seen in front of ADBC Hide at Lunan Bay during W.E.B.S. count , Which also produced -- 355 COMMON GULL- 267 HERRING GULL, 92 BLACK HEADED GULL, 4 GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL, 140 LONG TAILED DUCK , 200 COMMON SCOTER , 220 VELVET SCOTER , 8 RED THROATED DIVER , 18 RINGED PLOVER , AND 13 SANDERLINGS --

NOV. 15TH. 12 00 AM. WAXWINGS 40 AT DUNDEE BOTANICAL GARDENS , Reported to me by ADBC. Club member Tim Gulson
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November 16th

Approximately 40 waxwings at Craigie Drive Dundee at about 11.00am until spooked by sparrowhawk at 11.10. A few remained.

Forfar Loch 11.50-13.00 - single redwing seen past boat house feeding on berries, Also 3 tree sparrows spotted in trees at far end of loch.

Loch of Kinnordy p.m. - good selection of birds spotted - Mute swan, whooper swan, 3 reed buntings, goldfinch, 2 long-tailed tits in front of Gullery Hide, 6 goosander, goldeneye, teal, mallard, blue tit, chaffinch, treecreeper, 4 gadwall, greylag geese, 3 shoveller.
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16.11.08 1400 hours - Surf Scoter and Hen Harrier Lunan Bay

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16.11.08

Eventually found the Surf Scoter at Lunan Bay - thanks to Ian Hall for his help!

Spotted a female Hen Harrier working the field just between the dunes and the escarpment.

Numbers of everything else similar to Bob's posting above, except perhaps about 30+ Sanderling, 2 Black Throated Divers and no sign of the Med gull.

Happy birding,

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Firecrest Tues 18th am

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SWT Wildfowl Warden David de Gernier reported a Firecrest in the Old Mill Car Park this morning. I went down later on but was unable to locate the bird. There were however plenty of Thrushes, Goldcrests, and Siskin around presumably many of which were migrants.
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Nov. 18th. CROSSBILLS --

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Nov. 18th. 1350hrs. CROSSBILLS 5 IN TALL CONIFERS ON LEFT HAND ,SIDE, 350 YARDS DOWN CYCLE TRACK RUNNING FROM THE MONIFIETH END AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BARRY BUDDON M.O.D. - THE TRACK RUNS PARALLEL TO THE RAILWAY LINE AND THE GOLF COURSE -- ALSO SEEN ON A SHORT WALK DOWN TRACK - 1 REDWING , 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, STONECHAT, GOLDCREST, 1 MAGPIE . -- AMAZING !
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More Waxwings

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80+ Waxwings in Balgay Cemetery feeding on Rowan berries, also Redwings, Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes.
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200+ Canada geese at the far end of Backwater Reservoir plus 33 at Lairds Loch.
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Goshawk in Montreathmont Forest 1300 hours. Perched on pines to right of the large clearing beyond the hide.

Juvenile single Long-tailed duck just downstream from bridge of dun hanging around with the little grebes. Nice mixed thrush flocks on fields to south of river. About 50 fieldfare, one redwing, two mistle thrush.

And nice small flock of twite in trees by kissing gate at river bend.

Great day for birding but the roads are a tad tricky.

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Saturday 22 November 11.00 AM - 14.30 PM.

The Lurgies-Montrose - Long Tailed Duck (Juvenile) at Mouth of River, also Little grebe(4) and Golden Eye (3).
Large flocks of Redwing,and Mistle Thrush.
A pair of great Spotted woodpecker at Bridge of Dunn.

Also fantastic views of Otter, which surfaced only 10 feet in front of me,eating a small
flatfish.Followed it downstream for 5 minutes until it moved to the other side and vanished.
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Long-eared Owl at Montrose Basin visitor centre 23/11/08

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Long-eared Owl perched (sleeping) outside the viewing window of SWT Montrose Basin VisitorCentre today 12:20 (Sunday23 November).
Reported by Hughie Bell
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Lapland Bunting at Ferryden Farm, favouring stubble field on right hand side of lighthouse path.
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Snow Bunting, Jack Snipe

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One Snow Bunting in stubble field on way to Scurdie Ness lighthouse, 2 Purple Sandpipers on rocks there.
Two Jack Snipe and 8 Common Snipe Elliot across the railway line and pond on left.
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SEARCH FOR CAPERCAILLIE 30 NOVEMBER

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In view of the proposed Windfarm in Montreathmont Forest and the Public Inquiry to be held in January 2009, there will be a further search for Capercaillie. A previous search in 2007 revealed one hen Caper and an unconfirmed second hen. A cock Caper was seen near Redroofs in December 2007. If the windfarm application goes ahead it will pose a further threat to this small population.
The search will be on SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER meeting at Grid Ref NO 569 550 approx on the C43 Redroofs to Mains of Ardovie road. There is carparking on both sides of the road. Bring a packed lunch and expect very boggy ground! All welcome and small groups will cover as much ground as possible. Chance of Common Crossbills, Woodcock, Goshawk, Green Woodpecker and Red Squirrels. If interested let Ian Ford know on 01382 562749/ mob 07709316530 or email .
Further note- if you have any wildlife sightings of interest over the years especially Goshawk, Honey Buzzard, Caper, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Coralroot Orchid, Creeping Ladies` Tresses Orchid , Water Vole etc.... can you please let me know asap.
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Nov. 24th. SURF SCOTERS -- MED.GULL

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Nov. 24th. 11-45 a.m. SURF SCOTER 2 LUNAN BAY Seen from the ADBC hide at Redcastle

Nov. 24th 1400hrs. MED. GULL 1 Ad. On Foreshore Behind 10 Pin Bowling Alley Arbroath
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NOV. 25TH. MED. GULLS

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Nov. 25th. 1350pm. MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2ND WINTER LUNAN BAY Seen from the ADBC Hide

Nov.25th 3-30pm. MEDITERRANEAN GULL ADULT WINTER On foreshore behind 10 pin
Bowling Alley - Arbroath

Nov. 25th 9-45am. WAXWINGS 30 Back at Craigie Drive Dundee
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25th Nov - Short Eared Owl

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25th Nov, 8.30pm. Short Eared Owl on the track up from Bonnyton farm (GR NO658546).
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Kumlien's type Gull at Forfar Loch Thurs. 27/11/08

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Kumlien's type Gull again at Forfar Loch gull roost.
Stuart Green reports the bird is again at Forfar Loch this evening (16:00)
Note, Stuart often finds other 'white-winged' gulls at the evening gull roost on the loch and it is a reliable place to improve your skills in 'white-winged' gulls identification.
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Nice to see a pair of Dippers on the Brothock in Arbroath,behind the bus station.Must mean the rivers recovered from the polution,saw a few Trout in the deeper pools too.
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Sunday 30 nov Elliot grid 618388 not much about this morning but had 3 Snipe and 1 Jack Snipe among the reed to the right of railway crossing
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Male Blackcap in my garden at Auchmithie this afternoon.

Record shot of last sundays Long Eared Owl at the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre.
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Nov. 30th CORN BUNTINGS

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Nov. 30th 9-15a.m. CORN BUNTINGS 40 BOGHEAD FARM N.O.679463 Back road to Ethie Castle
GOOD TO SEE THEM BACK ON THEIR WINTERING GROUNDS
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