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15 - MARCH 2009 BIRD SIGHTINGS (ANGUS)

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Angus Bird Sightings for MARCH 2009
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KINNORDY LOCH.
PAIR OF PINTAIL DUCK SHOWING WELL FROM GULLERY HIDE, ALSO GOOSANDER, SHOVELLER,GADWALL.TEAL,GOLDENEYE,MALLARD,TUFTED DUCK,WIGEON, WHOOPER SWANS & A SINGLE SHELDUCK THIS MORNING AT 7.30
BLACK HEADED GULLS BECOMING TERRITORIAL IN FRONT OF GULLERY HIDE, FLOCK OF 40 CURLEW FEEDING AT WEST OF LOCH.
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March 4th. CROSSBILLS

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March 4th. 1400hrs. CROSSBILLS 5 ( 3 Males 2 Females ) BARRY BUDDON CYCLE TRACK WALK FROM MONIEFIETH END

BIRDS WERE IN HIGH CONIFER TREE OPPOSITE THE THIRD GREEN ON MONIFIETH MEDAL GOLF COURSE
ABOUT 400 YARDS DOWN CYCLE TRACK WHICH RUNS PARALLEL WITH RAILWAY LINE
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March6th. LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS

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March 6th. 1400hrs. LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS 2 SWANNEY PONDS CLEPINGTON ROAD DUNDEE AND
LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS 1 MONIFIETH BAY -- they are back !
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PUFFINS 7th March 2009 1000hrs, My first sightings for this year of Puffins(3) in Auchmithie Bay
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Water Rail 7th March 11am Newmill

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Our resident Water Rail is now visiting the bird table in our garden several times a day, every day.
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March 7th. BLACK GROUSE

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March 7th. 10am. BLACK GROUSE ON KILRY MOOR N.O. 214575 ONE MALE ONLY


March 7th. 1350pm. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 3 ON FORFAR LOCH; NEAR YACHT CLUB
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Lintrathen area this weeek

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First small flocks of 20-25 Curlews back in fields since Wednesday 4th March.

Influx of 250 Fieldfares into fields near my house (Kilry) yesterday (6th March) included one leucistic (coffee-coloured) bird - quite striking in flight.

Clive McKay
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Sparrowhawk

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Two or three times over the last few weeks I've seen a female Sparrowhawk hanging around the gardens next to my flat (probably keeping an eye on my bird table).

This morning, just outside the door to the flat, I found a half plucked Woodpigeon with most of the chest area eaten away. I'm guessing that it could have been the female Sparrohawk taking prey of this size.
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Greater Scaup at Lintrathen Loch Sunday 08/03/09

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Greater Scaup (2 males and 1 female) at Lintrathen Loch (old hide) this morning at 10:40.
Reported by Neil Mitchell as 'Showing well'.
All inland Scaup are good records.
There is generally a flock of about 35 at Montrose Basin, but they are, almost always, well out in the Basin.
This looks like a chance for a closer look at them.
Better to be helpful, than hurtful!
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5 Snow Buntings 2 miles NW of Glamis 10:00 08/03/09

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Snow Buntings (5) with finches in a field by road just west of Kinnaty Haughs at NO357491 (about 2 miles NW of Glamis), this morning at 10:00.
Reported by Stuart R Green.

ALSO Stuart informs me that Greater Scaup are relatively commonly seen, in winter, at Forfar, Lintrathen and other inland lochs in Angus.
Please, if you see them. let others know about them, on this page.
Given Stuart's info above, they won't be put on the ADBC grapevine in future, so please check here.
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Sunday March 8th. KITTIWAKE

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March 8th 10am. KITTIWAKE 1 only ( First of Year ) Lunan Bay from Bird Club Hide - also in Bay 50 RAZORBILLS 15 RED THROATED DIVERS - 15 LONG TAILED DUCK - 30 COMMON SCOTER - 4 GANNETS - 1 RED BREASTED MERGANSER - 8 FULMARS - 4 SPECIES OF GULL 10 SANDERLINGS - 1 CURLEW - 17 OYSTERCATCHERS
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March 9th ICELAND GULL

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March 9th ICELAND GULL 1st Winter on Forfar Loch at Yachting Club tonight per SRG.

March 9th GREY WAGTAIL , TREECREEPER , along Craigmill Den N.O. 578355
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10th MARCH 2009 Dipper

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Dipper feeding and singing in Craigmill Den this afternoon
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March 10th PUFFINS -KINGFISHER

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March 10th 1400hrs. PUFFINS 3 AT AUCHMITHIE - 100 yards North of Harbour
( My first of Year )

March 10th 9-30 am. KINGFISHER 1 AT FORFAR LOCH On Right hand side of Community Centre End
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SCAUP still showing well at Lintrathen this morning.
Also (amongst other things.) 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and up to six fieldfares.

2 Tree Sparrows at the car park at Kinnordy. (A first for me for this particular venue.)

Upwards of six Bullfinches at Forfar Loch this morning, and a Great Crested Grebe (I presume they had moved to the coast in the winter?) Quite a few Yellowhammers about, a single Tree Sparrow by the Turfbeg car park.

Good sesh.
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Re: Sparrowhawk

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Grant Balfour wrote:Two or three times over the last few weeks I've seen a female Sparrowhawk hanging around the gardens next to my flat (probably keeping an eye on my bird table).

This morning, just outside the door to the flat, I found a half plucked Woodpigeon with most of the chest area eaten away. I'm guessing that it could have been the female Sparrohawk taking prey of this size.

I have seen a male Sparrowhawk take out a Wood Pigeon. No probs!!!
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hi there nice sighting today of 9 Songthrushes at Condor east grid 626430, Condor west grid 616439 found a pair of Kestrels copulating, spring must be in the air. And at Gayfield grid 640413 Had my first Lesser Black Back Gulls
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Re: montreathmont wood

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At the hide today at approx. 4.30pm 8 greater-spotted woodpeckers & 2 green woodpeckers all in view at the same time, really amazing to watch.Dozens of frogs spawning in the ditches along the path, also saw a pair of courting great-crested grebes at Lintrathen Loch earlier in the day.
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15 March Elliot grid 618388 Having a check around Sky Larks and Reed Buntings very busy but had my !st sightings , since moving here 16 years ago, a Pair of Pheasants near the burn. Hope the dogs leave them alone
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15 March - Pintail

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15th March 2009 (1430-1600)
Shelduck Hide
Pair of Pintail moving up the Southesk in front of the Shelduck hide.
Also c60 Oystercatcher, 28 Redshank, 51 Shelduck, 32 Goldeneye, 7 Curlew, 59 Wigeon, 20 Teal (10 pairs), 1 pair Mallard, 9 Little Grebe.

The field behind the hide had:
c150 Starlings, c90 Jackdaws, 55 Shelduck, 28 Whooper Swans, 60 Mute Swans, c70 Greylag Geese, 40 Pink Foot Geese, 1 Buzzard, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Rook, 1 Skylark
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Matrch 16th LUNAN BAY WEBS COUNT HI=LIGHTS

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LUNAN BAY WEBS HI-LIGHTS: KITTIEWAKE 5, RED-THROATED DIVERS 20, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER 5, LONG-TAILED DUCK 24, RAZORBILL 55, COMMON SCOTER 25, GANNET 4, FULMAR 27, OYSTERCATCHER 42, SHAG 3, CORMORANT 6, EIDER 6, SANDERLING 24, STOCK DOVE 2, HERRING GULL 136, BLACK HEADED GULL 40 COMMON GULL 9, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS 12.
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March16th BARN OWL

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March 16th 9.40 p.m. BARN OWL 1 IT FLEW ACROSS ROAD , JUST OUTSIDE EASTHAVEN ON COAST ROAD TO CARNOUSTIE
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March 19th SAND MARTINS

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March 19th 10-15 a.m. SAND MARTINS 4 SWT. RESERVE BALGAVIES LOCH N.O. 535509

This was my earliest ever sighting in Angus - they are back !
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19th march ninewells hospital dundee
watched a pair of peregrines today courting on one of the big chimneys at ninwells,watched them for about 5 minutes then both bird took off and landed on one of the multies opposite the hospital,both birds were quite noisy,not one person batted an eyelid at all the action above them.
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Tree Planting

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Hi everyone,
Apologies for being off topic but this is a request for volunteers to help with the final phase of tree planting at Tayock.
The dates are next week 25th, 26, & 27th, please come along and lend hand with what will be an important development to the reserve.
Morning sessions are 10-12 and afternoon 1.15-3 meet at the centre or drive straight round to Tayock for c15mins later.
No experience is required and even if you can just spend an hour that will be a big help.
Tools will be provided however if you have a spade and/or a club/mash hammer then please bring them too.

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20th MARCH 2009 Wheatear

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1 female Wheatear this pm at Broughty Ferry Esplanade, feeding on the football pitch just east of the Sand Martin nest bank. The same date as 2005.
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21st MARCH 2009 Scaup? at Murton

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Possible female Scaup in front of new hide at Murton late afternoon. Broad white band round base of bill, no sign of tuft.
Also drake Shoveler and 2 Shelduck in addition to usual species.
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19th March - Greylag & Sand Martins

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March 22nd 15:30
SWT Hide at Balgavies (NO529509)

Greylag Geese - counted up to about 250 when they started flying off to a field to the NW of the loch. A couple in the hide told me that some geese had flown from the loch just before I arrived.

Sand Martin - approximately 20.
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March 22nd. SPRING MIGRANT SIGHTINGS

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March 21ST 11am SAND MARTINS 4 AT BRIDGE OF DUN ( seen by Russell )

March 21st. 1400hrs. WHEATEAR Male at Glen Lethnot ( seen by Russell )

March 22nd 12pm. SWALLOW AT ST. CYRUS ( seen by Russell )

On the ADBC Club outing today 66 species were recorded , including , SAND MARTINS at S.W.T. Balgavies Loch
Greenshank , Pintail Duck , Scaup, at Montrose Basin . Gannets , Long Tailed Duck , Red Throated Divers , and Scoter at Lunan Bay - Puffins at Auchmithie , and Corn buntings at Boghead Farm
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March 21st, Ninewells,Dundee - 60 Waxwings landed briefly then moved on to NE.
A pair of Blackbirds nest-building.

March 22nd, Bogside,Forfar,NO443527 - 1 Barn Owl freshly killed on dual carriageway.
" " , Glen Esk - 3 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, plus 2 Slow-worms basking in sun.
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23rd MARCH Arbroath Focus at bottom of Westway. Had a very interesting encounter with pair of Blackbirds feeding young, there was 1 poss 2 hopping around waiting for mum and dad to come back with titbits. Think the young were about 5 weeks old. They have plenty of shelter so should survive ok
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Gt Crested Grebes at Forfar

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Pair of Great Crested Grebes at Forfar Loch today, nest building and mating.
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March 9th - Bittern at Kinnordy

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Apologies for (very) late posting, but I was on leave so this has only just been confirmed. This bird may still be around, so look carefully when at the reserve.
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March 25th. RED THROATED DIVERS

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March 25th. 1500hrs. RED THROATED DIVERS 26 IN CARNOUSTIE BAY - off Buddon Ness

On Barry Buddon itself - MERLIN - 1 SPARROW HAWK 1 BUZZARD 1 SKYLARKS back on territory , singing !
2 STONECHATS on territory - Monifieth end of camp .
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SWALLOWS, GREY WAGTAILS

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WED 25MAR09 1400HRS

CRAIGMILL DEN.

1 PAIR SWALLOWS (flying just at entrance to den over the burn)

1 PAIR GREY WAGTAILS (further up the den by the weir)

ALSO YELLOWHAMMERS, GOLDFINCH, WREN, GREAT TIT, DUNNOCK, CHAFFINCH
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Flock of 13 Waxwings in trees near Bridge End Garage roundabout, Montrose.
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March 27th. SWALLOWS

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March 27th 1530pm. SWALLOWS 2 AT CRAIG MILL DEN , CARNOUSTIE N.O. 578355

These Birds were first seen by David Baillie on Wednesday March 25th. -- Jon Cook, on checking back, tells me this is the esrliest ever Spring record for Swallows in Angus !
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Saturday March 28th, around Midday.

Sidlaw Hills, just north of Auchterhouse Hill (c NO 355 405)

Excellent views of immature White-tailed Eagle soaring round east side of hill, with radio antenna clearly visible.

Cliff Davies.
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Monday 30th March 2009 - Chiffchaff

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Date & Time: Monday 30th March 2009 - 9:00am
Species: Chiffchaff
Details: Heard my first Chiffchaff of the year this morning. In the wood opposite Cadgers Path, Finavon by Forfar.
(50 meters down the road at the Finavon Hotel A90 Turnoff)
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