3a - SEPTEMBER 2006 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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SUNDAY 17th September 2006 - Pectoral Sandpiper

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:33 pm

Date & Time: SUNDAY 17th August 2006 - 12:15pm
Species: Pectoral Sandpiper
Location: RAB's Pectoral Sandpiper showing very well at Duns Dish. North Bank on muddy, stoney beach. At 12:15pm
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The Blyths Reed Warbler has been showing on and off all day at the same location described on previous posts.
(thanks Neil for the WEBS Count Info!)


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17th. Sept. Pectoral sandpiper -- Med. Gull

Postby Bob McCurley » Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:35 pm

Sept. 17th. 12:30pm -- PECTORAL SANDPIPER --

still present at Duns Dish N.O. 647609 also 1 RUFF there

Sept. 17th. 4:00pm. Arbroath Esplanade
1 MEDITERRANEAN GULL Adult Winter Plumage 1

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Postby Clive McKay » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:58 pm

Montrose WeBS count

Neil - thanks for posting the full WeBS count. An impressive count - obviously requiring lots of effort.

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Postby Clive McKay » Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:34 am

Last time of Pelican at Monifeith?

Anybody know what time the pelican was last seen at Monifeith on 15 Sept? I first saw it from Craigisla flying >W at 13:10. I see from BirdGuides that it was seen at Findhorn yesterday. Maybe it followed the A9 valley north and then up Strathspey?

Reading up about GWPelicans I discovered that they have the LARGEST wingspan of ANY European bird! No wonder I thought it was a paraglider when I first saw it.

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MONDAY 18th September 2006 - Blyths Reed Warbler

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:40 pm

Date & Time: MONDAY 18th September 2006 - 11:30am
Species: Blyths Reed Warbler
Location: Blyths Reed Warbler still at Auchmithie. In willowherb near bus shelter though very elusive. View from bus shelter or field but not gardens.

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Monday Sept. 18th. SURF SCOTER -- MED.GULLS

Postby Bob McCurley » Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:19 pm

18TH. SEPT. 1230PM. SURF SCOTER AD.MALE. 1

in Lunan Bay N.O. 693508 Corby Knowe side of Bay seen from hide

18th Sept. 1600hrs MEDITERRANEAN GULLS 1st. Winter Birds 2

at Arbroath foreshore behind 10 Pin Bowling alley

also an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL adult winter plumage at

Arbroath Victoria Park Esplanade NO. 655410 1600hrs. 1

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WEBS count

Postby Neil Mitchell » Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:42 am

Hi all,
Yes the WEBS count is a big effort and as you can imagine far, far from all my own effort so many thanks to the 8! others who helped with it.

Whilst I have a team of dedicated regulars I am always keen to hear from others who may be able to offer time to help with both the WEBS and also Goose Counts. As bird numbers in the Basin increase during the winter months being short of counters can be a real problem so its good to have a reserve list that I can call upon. Counts are carried out on a Sunday. If you are interested in becoming a regular or having your name added to the list of reserves then please get in touch.

I can be contacted at nmitchell@swt.org.uk or at the wildlife centre on 01674 676336

Alan Leitch

Loch of Kinnordy - 18/09/2006

Postby Alan Leitch » Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:58 am

Jack Snipe - Nice early record from the marsh.
Marsh Harrier - Sub-adult male
WeBS - Shoveler (4), Gadwall (5), Teal (70), Wigeon (29), Mallard (125), Moorhen (6), Lapwing (165), Snipe (10), Mute Swan (2prs; b/2,b/2), Water Rail - present. Grey heron (2)

WeBS data from Sunday

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Tay Estuary - 20/09/2006

Postby Alan Leitch » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:15 am

Marsh Harrier - (Juv Female with Satellite Tag)
Osprey - Feeding on a BIG fish

Canada Goose - 325 (also a Brent Goose and Blue Phase Snow Goose present amongst the flock the latter being of dubious origin - species associating with, time of year etc,etc...)

Black-tailed Godwit
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Ring-necked Parakeet

Postby HarryB » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:06 pm

Hi All,
I received a message from Bob MCurley (I think it originated from Tim Gulson) to inform of the presence of a Ring-necked Parakeet at Riverside Drive this afternoon (flying west). I presume Riverside Drive is in Dundee?
I know this bird is actually on the British List and breeds in the London area, but have been reluctant to circulate it on the grapevine, on the basis that it is probably an escape.
What do others think?
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Lesser Yellowlegs in Aberdeenshire (Meikle Loch)

Postby HarryB » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:11 pm

Well done to Mark Caunt for the brilliant Lesser Yellowlegs series of pictures in the photo section. Just saw them today and considering Mark wasn't too hopeful that his pictures would turn out, these are great.
Yep. I know it wasn't an Angus bird, but I wish it had been
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Postby Mark Caunt » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:58 pm

Thanks Harry couldnt believe you drove up whilst I was there. Looking forward to seeing your moving camcorder pictures of the bird also! Was meant to be at work but couldnt resist skiving off to take some piccies. Harry Scot emailed me and said "stop poaching our birds!" Hehe.

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THURSDAY 21st September 2006 - Balearic Shearwater

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:36 am

Date & Time: THURSDAY 21st September 2006
Species: Balearic Shearwater
Location: Birdguides Website reports a Balearic Shearwater going North past Fishtown of Usan this evening. x4 sootys also.

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FRIDAY 22nd September 2006 - Pectoral Sandpiper

Postby Mark Caunt » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:25 pm

Date & Time: FRIDAY 22nd September 2006
Species: Pectoral Sandpiper
Location: Birdguides website showing that the Pec Sandpiper is still present at Duns Dish.
At Montrose Basin, four Little Stint this afternoon at Rossie Spit; also 5 Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff.

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Postby RAB » Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:10 pm

Saturday 23rd Sept, Rossie Spit: 1 Little Stint, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, just before high tide.

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SUNDAY 24th September 2006 - Yellow Browed Warbler

Postby Mark Caunt » Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:55 pm

Date & Time: SUNDAY 24th September 2006 - 2:30pm ish
Species: Yellow Browed Warbler
Location: Yellow Browed Warbler Reported at Windyhills Farm just south of Auchmithie at around 2:30pm.
In shelter belt along approach road to Windyhills Farm.

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Sunday 24th pm

Postby Neil Mitchell » Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:29 pm

Montrose Basin
1 Bedragled looking water rail on teaching pond boardwalk,
kingfisher seen regularly from centre again.
52 Pink footed seen in am then 45 flew over at 2.30pm
20 Barnacle geese also present

Rossie spit
c4 Little Stint,
8 Curlew Sandpiper
Big count of 129 Black tailed godwit

Fish town of Usan
1 Sooty Shearwater 4.30

Thanks for the quick tour of some local sites with Hugh B and the foray to Aberdeenshire with Harry & Rob yesterday.
Unfortunately had no joy with the yellow browed warbler - next time......

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Postby Clive McKay » Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:55 am

Mains of Craigisla, Friday 22 Sept 2006

Red Kite - 1 west (into Perthshire) from the house at 14:00.

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Montrose Basin

Postby Neil Mitchell » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:18 am

155 Pinks left the Basin at 6.30 this morning heading south over Kirkton of Craig.

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MONDAY 25th September 2006 - Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Fly

Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:47 pm

Date & Time: MONDAY 25th September 2006 - 8:30pm
Species: Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Fly
Location: Lesser Whitethroat & Spotted Fly in gardens at top of Auchmithie Gully this morning at 8:30am.
Spotted Flycatcher also in my back garden at Auchmithie also.

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Postby Mark Caunt » Mon Sep 25, 2006 4:51 pm

Yellow-browed Warblers seen today Monday 25th September 2006.
1x by car park at East Haven this afternoon by RAB I think.
1x south of West Seaton Farm at Cliffburn Hotel early this morning.

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TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2006 - Yellow Browed Warbler

Postby Mark Caunt » Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:00 am

Date & Time: TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2006
Species: Yellow Browed Warbler
Location: Birdguides reportiong a Yellow Browed Warbler this afternoon at Ferryden by the road to Scurdie Ness below 8 Beacon Terrace.

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Geese at Montrose Basin Wed 27th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:24 am

Geese numbers at the Basin are finallly starting to increase but still only slowly. 850 pink footed were on the Basin in the early hours this morning as were 30 Barnacle geese. Still got a way to catch up with Strathbeg!

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Postby Clive McKay » Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:57 am

Corse Hill, Arbroath 26 Sept

Good passage of Pied Wagtails and Siskins. Also Kes and Merlin on the move. Saw a single Raven nearby also.

22 Goose sp.
3 Pink-footed Goose
2 Kestrel
1 Merlin

23 Skylark
393 Swallow
49 House Martin
498 Meadow Pipit
1 Grey Wagtail
303 Pied Wagtail
2 Dunnock
1 Blue tit
411 Starling
29 Tree Sparrow
66 Chaffinch
56 Greenfinch
50 Goldfinch
119 Siskin
423 Linnet

2 Lesser Redpoll
3 Yellowhammer
4 Reed Bunting
2,461 TOTAL

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Postby Clive McKay » Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:06 pm

Monikie & Lintrathen 26 Sept

Did an hour at lunchtime looking at the Monikie ridge from Laws hill (just SW of Newbigging) in the hope of picking up raptor movement. Had a few inconclusive sightings of Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, but no Kestrels unlike Corse Hill in the morning). There were 2 Ravens croaking about - seemed unusual?

But then when I got home to Craigisla, had a ringtail Hen Harrier heading >SW from over my house then following the usual Red Kite/Pelican migration route over Hill of Alyth. I'll be sorry to leave this place - my lunch breaks will never be so productive!

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Turtle Dove at Ethie Barns

Postby HarryB » Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:07 pm

Hi All,
Bob McCurley has phoned to let us know there's a Turtle Dove at Ethie Barns Farm.
Take the road to Ethie Mains, but when you come to the sharp turn before you got to Ethie Mains, go instead to ETHIE BARNS FARM.
The bird was with a Collared Dove.
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Wednesday Sept. 27th. TURTLE DOVE -- PIED FLY - HONEY BUZ

Postby Bob McCurley » Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:49 pm

Sept. 27th, 11am. TURTLE DOVE - ETHIE BARNS FARM N.O.691473

Bird was on overhead wires in adjacent field on Left of track going up to Ethie Barns
Farm from Ethie Mains direction , in company with Collared Doves
at Grid Ref. N.O. 691473

also today PIED FLYCATCHER was still showing well at Cliffburn Hotel Car Park Arbroath

HONEY BUZZARD seen coming in off the sea at Ethie Mains Farm, and was heading south.
by Club member Cliff Davie at 1715hrs. today

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The Honey Buzzard

Postby HarryB » Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:11 pm

Please, please, report birds like Honey Buzzard on the club grapevine, as well as the website, so everyone can get a chance to see such birds.
Everyone does not have an internet connection and they rely on phone calls, or text messages for information.
Harry Bickerstaff
Grapevine organiser.
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Postby Clive McKay » Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:49 pm

27 Sept Loch of Lintrathen

44 Pink-feet flew over, looked in, then headed off SW
1 Red-crested Pochard
1 Ruddy Duck
1 Pintail - first I've had here this autumn
350 Wigeon - recent influx

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Red Throated Diver - Carnoustie Bay

Postby Alex Smith » Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:32 am

last night at 7 o clock had great views of Red Throated Diver about a yard from shore oposite Beach hall

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Barred Warbler in Cliffburn Hotel car park, Arbroath

Postby HarryB » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:15 am

Richard Bramhall has found a Barred Warbler in the car park at Cliffburn Hotel, Arbroath, this morning (Friday)
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Geese at Montrose Friday 29th

Postby Neil Mitchell » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:54 am

The pink feet have finally begun arriving in big numbers at first light this morning there were c6500 and regular movements both onto and off the basin are continuing. Average skeins of c80-100.

Less than 50 Barnacle

Also 2 ruff at Rossie Spit.

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OF INTEREST? Red-backed Shrike at St Cyrus NNH

Postby HarryB » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:05 pm

Hi All,
This is a 'out of area' report on a Red-backed Shrike at the large car park at the St Cyrus nature reserve.
Obviously, St Cyrus Reserve is in Aberdeenshire, but it's just across the North Esk and may be of interest to some of you.
The bird is not an adult, but looks like a first winter female. An unusual plumage, as it should be a juvenile (which it is not) but it is not a full adult either.
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Postby Barry Farquharson » Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:48 pm

2 Red Throated Divers off Arbroath harbour around lunchtime today, both calling loudly.


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