12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2016 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

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12a - JANUARY to DECEMBER 2016 BIRD SIGHTINGS (NON ANGUS)

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Out of Angus Bird Sightings for JANUARY to DECEMBER 2016
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Sat 2nd/Mon 4th January 2016 - AGV Messages

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Sat 2nd/Mon 4th January 2016 - AGV Messages
AGV:
Saturday 2nd January:
Three waxwings in cherry trees in provost road, Blair hospital end, Blairgowrie.
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Monday 4th January:
3 waxwings back at provost rd, blairgowrie, feeding in the heavy rain.
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Caird Park, Dundee
Tuesday 05 Jan. 2016
Gelly Burn: 1x Dipper,
Wren
Mains Ponds: Lower pond- Kingfisher,
3 X Goosander (male & two females,)
2 X Moorhen.

Thursday 06 Jan.
Mains Ponds: 1x Moorhen, 3 X Mallard.
Gelly Burn: Male Siskin (Mosquito or similar hatch along the burn side- despite spate and some flooding,)
Female Sparrowhawk,
1 X Dipper.
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Wednesday 20th January

St Cyrus NNR.
On a walk out to the bird hide, 2 short eared owls seen, along with stonechat pair on the beach and 3 brent geese on the island in the North Esk river mouth. Also, a single mistle thrush was seen.
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Thayers Gull, Donmouth

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A hard to find bird the Thayers Gull (1st winter) at Donmouth, it was around at 1030 and flew south along the beach, and lost to view at the 9th groyne but returned to a sandbar at the mouth of the Don at around 1500 which seems to be a bit of a pattern according to local birders. It was completely absent or not seen during hide tide.

If you do go north it might be worth a cup of coffee at Burger King in Altens where Olive spotted "a strange bird" near a bin in the car park at 1550, it was a Hooded Crow! It flew to the roof of BK then was chased by a gull.
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American Wigeon, Gaddon Loch, Fife

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Popped over to Fife in this afternoons sunny interval for the American Wigeon at Gaddon Loch and struck lucky. Got it reasonably close to after about 15 mins, though apparently it had spent much of the day skulking out of sight behind an island.
Pics in photographs section as cant seem to post here.
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The Ring Necked Duck is still on the Cuilick at Pitlochry
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Nuthatches - seen at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre and on the path towards Soldiers Leap yesterday (8 Feb).

Ring necked duck still on The Culic, Pitlochry yesterday (8 Feb).
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Nuthatches again at Killicrankie Sunday 14th. No sign of ring necked duck on Cuilic probably because it was frozen. There was a Mandarin drake on Faskally beside the boating station. A raft of tufted further out prob had the ring necked but couldn't confirm due to sun in eyes and no scope. Ian Laird and Kenny Grant
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Visited Morton Lochs briefly yesterday afternoon but there wasn't much out on the loch (a lot of ice!) we did see the resident pair of Mute Swans with their 4 grown up cygnets from last year, a couple of Little Grebes, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal and Tufted Duck. Was hoping to see the Kingfisher but no luck.
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Nuthatches, Mandarin and Ring-necked Drake

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Monday February 15th 2016, Pitlochry and Killiecrankie. A second visit success!

Two Nuthatches coming to a peanut feeder at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. One bird with a leg growth similar to the fungus growth seen on Chaffinches.

Mandarin Drake sleeping under the pontoon at the Boating Centre on Faskally Loch at the end of Clunie Bridge Road. NN 92927 58718.

Ring-necked Drake confined in a small area of open water near the sluice at the Cuilc on Golf Course Road. NN 93732 58738.

Also a single Canada Goose on Faskally.

Ring-necked Drake video here, https://youtu.be/UX1omvwHveA, some photos on my blog, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/
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Friday 26th February

Scone Palace

Flock of 6-8 Hawfinches high in the trees halfway down the avenue, and then also to the left at the far end of the avenue. Also, in this far corner to the left of the end of the avenue (where the bio-degradable recycling occurs - lots of logs etc) were 2 goldcrest, a great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds, 2 song thrush, wren, robins, great and blue tits, a treecreeper and a nuthatch.

Standing at the archway at the start of the avenue, we twice had a woodcock fly over us. Also seen was a small flock of long tailed tits.
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Thursday 17th March

Green winged teal in large pool on east side of road to Luthrie, Fife when heading north (56°21'46.6"N 3°04'38.7"W on google maps). Has been there for a week so far.

Also, common scoter, great crested grebe, lesser black back gull, gannet, eider, fulmar, redshank, oystercatcher, herring gull, guillemot, slavonian grebe, pied wagtail all seen from St Andrews car park near the aquarium.

Little egret at Guardbridge hide.
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St Cyrus NNR, Aberdeenshire

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Currently showing well at St Cyrus and all from the path, Ravens, one sitting on a nest, a Kestrel hunting, Peregrines mating, Buzzards soaring and perhaps the most unusual a Red Kite which was chased away by the male Raven, Herring Gulls and Jackdaws. A video of the Peregrines is on the club Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/angusbirdwatching
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Thursday 24th March 2016 - AGV Messages

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Thursday 24th March 2016 - AGV Messages
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Thursday 24th March:
Aberdeenshire:
Iceland Gull 2W still in field just North of St Cyrus at 2.45pm.
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Thursday 24th March:
Aberdeenshire:
1W Glaucous Gull at Gourdon harbour at 3.30pm.
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Glaucous and Iceland Gulls

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Today, 25/3/2016, the Iceland Gull at St Cyrus was reported still in same place as in the previous post, the Glaucous Gull was showing well in the harbour at Gourdon and the birds in the St Cyrus post other than the Red Kite were all showing in the good light. The Peregrines were mating again and the Ravens preening on the cliff at one point.
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Norman's law nr Luthrie quick walk up here this afternoon Delighted to see a short eared owl nr summit
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Visit to Stormont Loch produced 1st osprey of the year plus Chiffchaff skylarks and meadow pipits.
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Whooper swans

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50+ whooper swans flew over Alyth yesterday afternoon
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Saturday 2nd April 2016 - AGV Message

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Saturday 2nd April 2016 - AGV Message
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Saturday 2nd April:
Aberdeenshire: Glaucous gull 1w still Gourdon harbour 3pm.
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Brambling

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Solitary male Brambling (stunning plumage) amongst the Chaffinches/Goldfinches/Siskins etc in the garden today
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Girdleness, Aberdeen

worth a trip up to see the two stunning Shore Larks beside the lighthouse.
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Friday 15th April 2016 - AGV Message

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Friday 15th April 2016 - AGV Message
AGV:
Friday 15th April:
Aberdeenshire:
Glaucous Gull still Gourdon Harbour 18.20
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Trip today to Killiecrankie nuthatch at visitor centre piedflycatcher and wood warbler in woods at side of centre
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Ythan Estuary

King Eider back opposite the tin hut. Been there for the last 4 days.
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Ythan Estuary - 29 June

American Wigeon - seen from the Waulkmill Hide at 11:30 this morning. Appeared ~2½ hours after high tide. Flew in from the down river side with a group of ~10 eurasion wigeon.
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Saturday 22 July 2016
1050 hours
South of Invercauld Bridge.
A93 Braemar
1x Goshawk
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Monday 01. August 2016
Hill north of Craigendarroch Walk, Ballater
1020-1030 hours
Golden Eagle
Over town.
Distinctive soar over spirals of swifts.
Shape of wings, lack of light markings save for head which (via binos) shone pure gold in strong sun.
Distinctive bend of wingspan to glide at speed.
A local shop owner commented that this was the first he'd seen over the town but he had seen one over a sloping ridge to the south of the town about two months ago.
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Five Bar Headed Geese amongst the resident flock of Canada Geese roosting on shingle spit at Kerkock on River Tay near Meiklour.
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Brünnich's Guillemot, Anstruther

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Date & Time: Tuesday September 27th 2016 - 1200hrs

Species: Brünnich's Guillemot

Details: A Brünnich's Guillemot for it's second full day in the harbour at Anstruther and despite the strong wind and it diving a often we still got good views of a very rare vagrant from the Arctic Regions. If the wind calms and the forecast says it will seeing the bird will be easy from the harbour walls or even from your car!! It's also unconcerned by the attention of many birders.

Some windswept photos from today here, http://aberbrothock.blogspot.co.uk/

Found dead at the harbour on 30/9/2016.
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Drake Scaup and 2 bar headed geese on Stormont Loch this morning
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Probable Juv Brent Goose Stormont Loch yesterday afternoon. Black bill and neck but no collar.
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AGV:
Sunday 20th November:
Not Angus but 25 waxwing grant rd, Blairgowrie.
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80 - 100 Waxwing on Golf Course Rd, Blairgowrie Sunday morning - seen my my faither.
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AGV:
Monday 21st November:
80 Waxwings, smithfield cres, blairgowrie.
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AGV:
Sunday 18th December:
Not Angus but 60+ waxwing again Grant Road area, Blairgowrie.
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