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WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS 2010

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Wildlife Sightings for 2010
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Fox 04.01.10 Elliot

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Found this fox lying curled up in the middle of a field beside the Elliot to Arbirlot walk. Thought it might be sick but it trotted off when I tried to get a bit closer.
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10th February 2010, Stoat

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A Stoat in ermine crossed the A933 Brechin to Arbroath road in front of me midday today approx NO607573. Only the 2nd I've seen in ermine.
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Stoat - Bridge of Dun

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Stoat in ermine (first I've seen this winter) ran across the road at NO662587
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Fox - Powmouth

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Fox walking along the old railway line near Powmouth about 10am on 21st Feb.
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Stoat (Ermine winter coat) leaping around in the grass at the side of the road by the railway line, just to the east of the entrance to the golf course at Arbroath, on Sunday lunchtime (28th Feb). Managed one decent-ish shot.[attachment=0]4395688667_2854616a0c.jpg[/attachment]
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Saw a good excample of an ermine Stoat today inside the Deils Beef Tub at Arbroath cliffs. It nipped in and out of a burrow on the grassy ledge about seven or eight times between 12:00 and 13:30.

No chance of getting a good image because I only had a 28mm lens with me but this shows the location, the white blurr in the center is the Stoat.-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/86461298@N ... 7/sizes/l/
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Just noticed the first three frogs in my pond tonght. Feels like thats early, but I might be blethering!
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Yesterday at Crombie Country Park saw what must have been nearly a hundred frogs and frogspawn in the pond below the play park. The noise was unbelievable.
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3 Stoats at the Lurgies this morning, one still an ermine.
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A question:- are Polecats common round here?Sadly found a road kill one just north of Inverbervie on the A92,will have to keep my eyes peeled,never seen a wild one alive.
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I get 2-3 reports of "Flat Polecats" every year. Mostly on the A92 between Inverkeilor and Montrose and occasionaly on roads in the Friockheim - Letham area. Never seen a live either.
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BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS-STONEHAVEN BAY

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THURSDAY 22ND APRIL 16.15

POD OF BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS FEEDING IN STONEHAVEN BAY

QUITE CLOSE TO SHORE, FANTASTIC VIEWS FROM ESPLANADE.
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So this polecat thing is becoming a bit of an obsession,been reading up on how to track them,what has been bewildering is all the websites do not mention a Scottich population.Indeed one states they are only in Wales and the bordering area wth England.So has Angus got an unknown population? Can anyone shed any information?
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Re: 2010 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - Polecats

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Hi Burnie
There was a fascinating talk on Polecats by Prof. Russell Coope at a Dundee Naturalists Society meeting last year. He described their recovery from impending extinction in the 1930's when they were reduced to a few isolated sites in Wales, but were saved, presumably by the call-up of gamekeepers to WWII. The population, although still sparse, has expanded geographically and they are now to be found quite widely in Wales and central and western England. More recently they have expanded into NW England and SW Scotland, have been found in Perthshire and may well already be in Angus. There are suspicions that this spread has been aided by human agents.
Sadly, one of the main means of tracking their distribution is by locating road kills (mainly the males).
More at:
http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-2795
http://www.vwt.org.uk/downloads/Polecat ... 202009.pdf
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Forgot to post this earlier but had a Pipistrelle bat flying round the house & garden at 10pm on Wednesday night.
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RE-Polecats

There were both accidental and deliberate releases at two locations close to Montrose during the late nineties.

There was also a release or more likely a number or releases from the mid-eighties onwards "probably somewhere in the headwaters of the Lunan."
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Saturday 22nd May Loch Brandy

Saw loads of tiger beetle and mountain hare on great walk in plenty of sunshine ( see photographs page)
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Sunday 23rd May 2010 - Bottlenose Dolphins

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Date & Time: Sunday 23rd May 2010
Species: Bottlenose Dolphins
Details: A pod of at least 10x Bottlenose Dolphins was showing well in Auchmithie Bay this evening at around 9:00pm.
Putting on a great show often jumping clean out of the water. Was around for half hour before moving North out of the bay.
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Wood Mice at Montreathmont

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I've been seeing the odd Wood Mouse near the feeders at Montreathmont and on one occasion there was one in the hide beside me. Yesterday evening there were three below the feeders in front of the hide.
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Saw what I would describe as a ferret on the banks of the South Esk river,upstream of the Bridge of Dun.Too big for a mink and pale blonde coloured,ran into the long grass before I got my camera out of my pocket.
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Another flat Polecat on the hill on the A92 climbing from the Lunan towards Montrose , by Inverkeilor this morning.
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Chris,it would seem that if there is a healthy population of a mammal species in an area,it manifests itself in roadkills.So who on earth would release ferrets(the "blonde one I saw at Kinnaird estate)or polecat coloured ones?More sinister is why?
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The earlier releases I am aware of were due to breeders "giving up the game" at times when there was "no value in the market" and simply releasing the stock they had.

Over the last six months or so a number ferret/polecat owners in the Dundee(ish) area have had their animals stolen, theory goes that that whoever is doing this may be using them to "do a job" then simply dumping them rather than go to the bother of keeping their own.
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8th August 2010 WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS - Otter on Lurgies

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Otter about 4.30pm today on South Esk just upstream of the Slunks. Swam over to the far bank with a fish in its mouth, then as it climbed out was pursued by a Grey Heron and chased out of sight into the reeds, still with its fish.

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Thursday 12th August 2010 - Comma Butterfly

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Date & Time: Thursday 12th August 2010 - 2:30pm
Species: Comma Butterfly
Details: Not sure how rare they are up here, but in the 15 years I have been in Scotland this is the first time I have seen a Comma Butterfly.
Saw one this afternoon at 2:30pm in my parents garden at Finavon, Angus.
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16th Aug - Otters

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Down at the Southesk about 8pm and was watching a Kingfisher. Lowered the binoculars and saw that an Otter had appeared on the bank about 10 feet away. It looked up, saw me, and swam off across the river where its mate appeared out of the undergrowth. Both swam off upriver.
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Sadly found another dead polecat on the A92 close to the Forfar road,just up from the centre at the Montrose basin on sunday.They do seem to be widespread in the Angus area,well away from the sporting estates any way.
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Friday 27th August 2010 - Bottlenose Dolphins

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Date & Time: Friday 27th August 2010
Species: Bottlenose Dolphins
Details: A pod of at least 6x Bottlenose Dolphins was moving North past Auchmithie Harbour at approx 2:00pm.
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Small pod of bottle nosed dolphins off broughty castle mid afternoon(I think four)
(That's four dolphins not the time)
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Another addition to the road death toll

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Sad to report a mature dog Otter was killed on Riverside Drive on Saturday morning right outside the entrance to the airport. Looks like it had been using the railway line as a means of transit and had emerged opposite the terminal only to be hit by traffic whilst trying to cross over towards the river. Such a shame.
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Got a really close look at a large otter at Forfar Loch yesterday, beside the Rugby Pitch (co incidentally, the only other otter I've seen at the Loch was at this spot!) It must have found a shoal of small fish as it kept resurfacing and crunching on something!!
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More Otters

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Down to the Southesk about 7:30pm yesterday to visit a spot where I had seen otters before. After scanning the river for about 15 minutes I heard a sqeaking noise on the footpath whereupon a young otter came ambling past only about a couple of feet from where I was standing. It started nosing around in a clump of grass and I was able to approach closer and crouch down to the point where I could have reached out and touched it. After a couple of minutes it walked off and disappeared into the long grass on the riverbank.
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2 otters near top of end of Backwater yesterday. Never seen them there before myself.
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i took the pic below from the top of the cliffs near auchmithie on monday,(carlingheugh bay)i presmed it was the bones of the humpbacked whale that apeared here a few years ago,thinking back i remember not seeing any evidence of the whale during the summer and checking some pics i took confirmed this,is this a new one?
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d91/k ... aleskb.jpg
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Its the same whale, it was completely covered by the shingle bar until about a forghtnight ago when it was exposed again by one of the recent storms.

I first saw it again on the 4th(Oct) and managed to go down and get some close ups of it on the 5th. It is now possible to stand next to it without chucking your breakfast up but its still not a pleasant experience, still best approached from upwind on a breezy day ;-)

Guess it may well get covered up again in the next few months, since there is very little soft tissue around the skeleton (still a large mass of the underside present but now with the ribs visible as per your image) it may well become disarticulated soon.

I can put some images up on flickr.
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Re: Thursday 12th August 2010 - Comma Butterfly

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[quote="Mark Caunt"]Not sure how rare they are up here, but in the 15 years I have been in Scotland this is the first time I have seen a Comma Butterfly.
Saw one this afternoon at 2:30pm in my parents garden at Finavon, Angus.[/quote]

A bit late, I missed this post.

AFAIK generaly established in Lothian, seen in Fife in most recent years and does make it across to Angus but never when Im looking.
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Otter seen yesterday at Forfar Loch at 'my usual spot' (beside the rugby pitch)

Very bold, and inquisitive
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