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18 - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2007 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2007
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1st Nov 07 Kingfisher

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7.30am Kingfisher outside my bedroom window fishing the keilor burn. Also 15 tree sparrows feeding with 6 goldfinches.
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Friday 2nd November 2007 - Woodcock, Blackcap

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Date & Time: Friday 2nd November 2007 - 10:45pm
Species: Woodcock, Blackcap
Details: Woodcock flushed from noth side of Windyhills farm this morning.
Male and Female Blackcap in Auchmithie gulley also. Not much else in the way of migs at Castlesea, Seaton Farms and Elliot today.
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Friday 2nd November, Red Throated Diver

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Scurdie Ness, Noon, 2 Red Throated Diver, 1 Puffin, 1 Common Scoter, 2/3 Dolphins

Ferryden, 1pm, 3 Red Throated Diver (1 already there, 2, perhaps pair from Scurdie Ness, arrived later), 2 Guillemot
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Common Greenshanks at Montrose Basin 03/11/07

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Three Greenshanks (one colour-ringed) outside the SWT Centre today; easily viewable from the Centre windows.
Colour-ringed bird had red ring on left leg and yellow and blue rings on right leg.
Also a total of 26 Great Black-backed Gull there.
Female Peregrine out on the Basin.
Six Black-tailed Godwit seen there too.
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NOV. 6TH MEDITTRANEAN GULLS 2

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NOV,6TH, 1300HRS, MEDITTERANEAN GULLS 2

SEEN IN LUNAN BAY FROM A.D.B.C. REDCASTLE HIDE

NO. 688510 BIRDS SEEN WERE DESCRIBED AS AN ADULT AND

FIRST WINTER
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Great Northern Diver Kinnaber Tues 6th

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Apologies for the delay in posting this but there was a Great Northern Diver off Kinnaber yesterday morning amongst large numbers(15-20) Red Throated Divers also a kingfisher briefly and dipper.
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Kinnaber 7 Nov 07 1530.

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First winter whooper swan trying (unsucessfully) to associated with the 2+5 mute swans who have been present all summer.
2 Magpies on North side of the river and 230 wigeon near river mouth.

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Great Northern Diver at Auchmithie 8/10/07

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John Hendrie reports a Great Northern Diver just off Auchmithie Harbour this lunch time.
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Woodpigeon, Golden Plove gulls etc at West Auchmithie

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This afternoon on the road past West Auchmithie Farm;
600 (mostly) Herring Gull, 300 Starling,150 Rook and 80 Golden Plover.
Also, further north at West Boghead Farm, 50 Linnet, 200 Woodpigeon, 49 Curlew and 9 Grey Partridge
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Nov. 7th. SEA EAGLE

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Nov. 7th. WHITE TAILED SEA EAGLE

12NOON SEA EAGLE 1 Reported from Barry Buddon

Seen on North Road by 2 observers

no wing tags were noticed .
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Little Auks off Mains of Usan Frid 9/11/07

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Thee Little Auks off Mains of Usan Farm late this morning.
Also one Red-throated Diver and a few Northern Gannets.
Visibility went from excellent to grim, during half hour sea watch
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Iceland Gull at Craigmill Den area 9/11/07

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Bob McCurley and Eric McCabe found an Iceland Gull this morning. It flew from the foreshore near Craigmill Den and disappeared out of sight, but the area may be well worth checking to re-find it.
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More Little Auks at Mains of Usan 9/11/07

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Bob and Eric got a further total of seven Little Auks at about 13.30 today.
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Nov.10th. LITTLE AUKS

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10TH Nov. 1400 hrs. LITTLE AUKS 8

Off Shore at Arbroath Esplanade quite close in

N.O. 655410 also Great Northern Diver North
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Lesser Yellowlegs at Montrose SWT Centre 10/11/07

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This (late) afternoon at Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre; a Lesser Yellowlegs amongst Common Redshanks.
Bird, which was found by Neil Mitchell (SWT Reserve Manager) was found on the shore, in front of the Sand Martin nest facility.
Confirmed about 15.45, the light eventually made it impossible to distinguish from the Redshanks, apart from the Yelowlegs' smaller size.
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Wigeon Hide, Montrose Basin - 1 Red Necked Grebe, c300 Twite.
Fishtown of Usan - 17 Little Auk, 3 Pomarine Skua
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Lesser Yellowlegs again today (11/11/07)

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The Lesser Yellowlegs was re-found today at Maryton Bay (again by Neil Mitchell) about 11.00. Bird was seen well by local SOC group, but eventually moved off in the direction of the opposite side of the Basin (north), amongst a group of approx 250 Redshanks.
Please notify ADBC Grapevine and this website, if it is re-found.
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20 Common Snipe at Monikie Country PARK (11/11/07)

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Pat and Margaret Slater report finding 20 Common Snipe at Monikie Country Park this morning (Sunday). This was in the lower pond area.
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Sunday 11th November 2007 - Bonapartes Gull

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Birdguides Website reports today (Sunday 11th November 2007)
Adult Bonapartes Gull offshore at Fishtown of Usan this afternoon at 2:15pm.
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Woodcock at Finavon Sunday 11/11/07

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Julie George found a Woodcock at the deserted cottages at Mill of Marcus, Finavon today (Sunday).
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Chiff Chaff

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Chiff Chaff today in bushes by Cliffburn Hotel, Arbroath.
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Monifeith

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Monifeith vismig 12 Nov

As the guy on the Fast Show used to say "this month I have mostly been counting Wood Pigeons" in the Lintrathen area, but popped down to Monifeith this morning for a change of scene. A nice variety of birds on the move, but only small numbers.

Black-throated Diver - one flew up the Tay and then off >NW inland!
Snow Bunting - 2 >W
Rock Pipit - 2 >W
Wood Pigeon 1260+ >W

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Twite, Curlew Sandpipers etc 12/11/07 Wigeon Hide

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The 300 Twite (reported by RAB) are still in the vicinity of the Wigeon Hide, although a male Sparrowhawk reduced the number by one today.
Two Curlew Sandpipers from the hide at about high tide (15.30) and a Water Rail found on the way back to Mains of Dun (in a ditch)
Lots of thrushes, the great bulk of which was Fieldfares.
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12th Nov. LITTLE AUKS -- KINGFISHERS -WATER RAIL

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NOV.12TH 1300HRS. LITTLE AUKS 300 Fish Town of Usan
N.O. 726546
North . Reported by visiting Birder , same person saw Lesser Yellow Legs at Maryton Bay area at 12-45 pm

Nov. 12th 1400hrs. KINGFISHERS 2 ON LURGIES MONTROSE
BASIN N.O. 676 577 PLUS WATER RAIL 1
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Lesser Yellowlegs again today (13/11/07)

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Bob McCurley re-found the Lesser Yellowlegs at Maryton Bay at about 12.30 today (Tuesday) It flew off towards the Lurgies.
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Bonaparte's Gull at Fishtown of Usan Tuesday 12/11/07

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Rob Noble-Nesbitt has just reported the Bonaparte's Gull at Fishtown of Usan this afternoon (14.10)
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Not rare, but wonderful. 4,000 Starling at Montrose 13/11/07

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This evening, at dusk; 4,000+ Starling in flight, in big clouds.
One of the roofs of the Glaxo Factory in Montrose, was, literally, black with Starlings tonight.
A non-birder had complained to me about the noise and investigation this evening turned up this incredible amount.
Also c60 Golden Plover, 2 Red-throated Diver, c50 Curlew and the Bonaparte's Gull at Fishtown of Usan.
Bonaparte's was seen from the seaward edge of the field on the right as you leave the parking area.
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Tuesday 13th November 2007 - Iceland Gull

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As well as the above, Birguides.com also reporting today...
(Tuesday 13th November 2007)
Juv Iceland Gull in roost at Forfar Loch this evening.
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Wednesday 14th November 2007

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Birdguides reporting that Lesser Yellowlegs and Bonaparte's Gull both seen today at same locations. Wednesday 14th November 2007
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Lesser Yellow legs

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Just had a birder in reporting the Lesser Yellow Legs at Maryton once today Thurs at c2:00pm
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Bonaparte's Gull at Fishtown of Usan 15/11/07

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Rob and Maggie Noble-Nesbitt have re-found the Bonaparte's Gull at Fishtown of Usan this afternoon (Thursday). Also there; one Little Auk
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Friday 16th December 2007 - Bonaparte's Gull

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Date & Time: Friday 16th December 2007 - 2:00pm
Species: Bonaparte's Gull
Details: Bonaparte's Gull seen just south of Fishtown of Usan from 2:00pm till 3:30 at least.
Was on sea and then flew towards Boddin Point before returning to coast just south of Fishtown located on Map Link. (Known on OS Map as Black Craig)

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(Birdguides reporting Lesser Yellowlegs at Maryton Bay, SW Montrose Basin this afternoon.)

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Green Sandpipers last week!

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I've had a few mentions made of Green Sandpipers being seen in the area of the Slunks adjacent to the Shelduck Hide.
Apparently, these birds were seen in that area in the middle of last week. Better late than nnever?
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Cushie Doo update

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Cushie Doo update

So far this autumn I've counted a total of over 26,000 Wood Pigeons over Lintrahen. In October they were all heading >SW, but from 2nd Nov they turned around and since then hve been heading >NE. It seems that when the eastbound birds hit the coast some turn and go south - this may account for my large counts at Barry Buddon in the past.

This Friday
This Friday looks good for a good WP movement if the predicted ridge of high pressure happpens. If you can get out that morning between 8:30 amd 9:30 and check for WP flocks overhead, I'd be VERY interested to hear what you see. Anywhere will do, although the coast or the edges of the hills seem to be the best spots. Birds will probably be moving in a >NE direction inland, and >S (or >N!) along the coast. It doesn't matter how many birds you see, just what direction they're moving. Also on the move could be Waxwings, Crossbills, Siskins, Fieldfares etc.

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Little Auk Ferryden Wed 21st

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Hi all,
A Little Auk was handed in at the centre this morning it had been found in a puddle at the Keyline Builders yard in Montrose!
Despite its location the bird still seemed relatively healthy and had a bit of fight still in it.
We took the bird down towards Scurdieness and released it there hopefully it will be able to gather its strength and make its way North again. Best of luck to the little un!
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Nov. 22nd. ARCTIC SKUA

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22ND. NOVEMBER 11-40A.M. ARCTIC SKUA ( Dark Phase) Nth.

In Lunan Bay N.O. 693508 From Angus andf Dunde Bird Club

Redcastle Hide also 2 Late Gannets -Adults
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hi there been a member for a couple of months now great sight.Hears my first post saw a young female peregrine today trying her best to shift some woodpigeons from a tree in tealing, great to watch.
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Pechora Pipit?

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Pechora Pipit ?

or not Pechora Pipit?

On Nov 15th I did a vismig watch at Monifieth. Towards the end of the count three pipits flew over in a loose group - 2 Rock Pipits together over the estuary (not very common here), and a third separate pipit which came overhead and drew my attention due to its unusual call. Now, having counted thousands of Mipits in my time on vismig watches I have to say I've never heard any call from Mipits other than the usual tsip-tsip and tseep-tseep-tseep. Being a bit of a pipit fan, I also take great pleasure in picking out the Rocks and occasional Tree Pipits that occasionally fly over on vismig watches. And I'm also familiar with the calls of Olive-backed and Red-throated from travels abroad. Over the years I've picked up two fly-over Richard's Pipits on vismig, and once had a possible Olive-backed (at Barns Ness, Lothian, before I knew how to separate the call of this species from Tree/Red-throated).

The call of the Monifieth bird was unlike any of the above. A hard, clear "pwit" [as described in some of the ID books I'm afraid - but that's what it sounded like!] , uttered singly, heard three times as the bird flew over and away from me. The bird was overhead by the time I got onto it, and going away by the time I was alert to the fact that it might be something different - so I was unable to get any plumage details, or take a photo (I always have my camera handy).

So I just added it to the list of vismig fly-overs that got away. Anyway, common sense told me that Pechoras are only ever seen on Fair Isle and Shetland, mostly in September. Imagine my surprise when I looked up BirdGuides this week and discovered that there's been a Pechora in Pembrokes, SW Wales since 20 Nov! So a Monifieth fly-by wasn't out of the question after all...

Oh well,

Cheers

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Wood Pigeons for Clive...

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Hi Clive don't know if this helps your vis mig woodpigeon counts or not, but had over 80 flying north to north west direction over Froickheim this morning at 10:20.
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