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Angus Bird Sightings for AUGUST 2010
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glas maol.

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Took the dog and headed up Glas Maol this morning at 8am, weather got worse as I got near the summit.After about 40mins finally found 3 Dotterel and then 12 Golden plover just as the weather improved.
Other birds were a single Ring Ouzel, 2 Raven, 3 covies of Red Grouse, plenty Wheatear, Meadow pipits and Mountain Hares.
No sign of Ptarmigan today, lots of walkers heading uphill as we headed back to the car at about 11.30am.
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Lurgies - 1st Aug

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At the Lurgies from 5am - 11:30am.
Ruddy Shelduck - 9 flying around in one group for 5 mins or so.
Kingfisher - at least one in the old pier area.
Osprey - one seen fishing three times (same bird?)
Scaup - 2
Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel etc.....

Little Egret at Erskine Bank in the afternoon.

An unusual sight of a House Martin chasing a Buzzard at Bridge of Dun.

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Tawny Owl (seen at the Lurgies car park on the night of 31st July).
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02/08/2010 0530 Arbroath doing early morning paper run. Near Carnie peolpes home on a low wall found Buzzard with a kill, it flew as i drove past. But on way back it had landed on the wall again so I slowed right down and stopped opposite and found the kill was a Kestrel. The Buzzard flew off about 20 yards away on the wall. Have never seen this before with bird of prey taking another bird of prey, anyone else had this experience ??? replies welcome
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Great Skua @ Arbroath

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On the rocky foreshore behind Jumping Joey's this afternoon a Great Skua was seen dismembering a gull.
In Craigmill Den at least three Kingfishers active on the burn.
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DEATH OF BRIAN CARTWRIGHT

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I'm sorry to inform all ADBC members and others who knew Brian, that I have just been informed of his death.
Brian had been ADBC Chairperson for a time, but had to abandon that position, as increasingly worsening health meant he was less and less able to participate at any level within the club and in fact, eventually simply resigned, as he felt he had no further useful part to play in the club.
Brian suffered from leukemia and arrived in this area (Luthermuir) about eight years ago, with Sylvia, his wife. At that time, he was in a period of remission and was as active as he could manage, but eventually his worsening health, took the decision from him.
He has been regularly in and out (recently, mostly in) of the special medical facility at Aberdeen for the past few years and now, for him, the battle is over.
At this stage, I do not know of funeral arrangements and will endeavour to find them out and post the information here.
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Tuesday 3rd August 2010 - Common Crane

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Date & Time: Tuesday 3rd August 2010 - 10:12am
Species: Common Crane
Details: A Common Crane flew over the village of Glamis in a North East direction at 10:12 this morning.

So sad to hear about Brian. My condolences to his wife Sylvia.
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Thursday 5th August

Loch of Kinnordy

2 Greenshank, male marsh harrier, snipe 20, water rail 3, lapwing 40+, Wigeon 30+
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BRIAN CARTWRIGHT'S FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

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The information below, has come from Catherine Smith and has been circulated amongst a large number of ADBC members by email.
However, everyone who knew Brian, is not necessarily a member of the club, but still has access to this webpage, so here are the arrangements:

Brian's funeral is on Wednesday 11th August at 11.30 at St Laurence's Church, Laurencekirk with a burial after in the churchyard attached to St Andrew's church. Refreshments after in the Sauchieburn Hotel.
There should be an announcement in the (Dundee) Courier on Friday August 6th.
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August 6th. WHEATEARS ON PASSGE

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July 6th. 11-30am. WHEATEARS 8 GREENSHANK 1 -- 2 CUCKOOS--

ALL PRESENT ON BARRY BUDDON TODAY
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Maybe a bit late to be asking this but.....Anyone know if the Ruddy Shelducks are still around at Montrose? Might take the train up tomorrow morning.

Swift numbers round here (Arklay Street area of Dundee) have dropped this week from 20+ birds last weekend to no more than 5 (only 2 seen this morning). Expect them to disappear altogether very soon.
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Re: AUGUST 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - Ruddy Shelduck

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The Ruddy Shelducks & Little Egret were still there on Tuesday when we were thereat the Lurgies. Havent been reported on BirdGuides since, but that doesnt prove anything.

Swifts were still around Broughty Ferry this morning as well, a couple of days later than last year.

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Ruddy Shelduck, Little Egret and Green Sandpipers

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The Ruddy Shelduck and the Little Egret were all on the South Esk on Thursday (west end of Montrose Basin), at The Lurgies and opposite The Slunks, as well as two Green Sandpipers further upstream from The Slunks.
All seen that day by Graham Smith
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07/08/2010 Gayfield Arbroath 640413 3 Wheatears moving south, Sandwich Terns with juvs, turnstones, redshanks, Curlews, Oyestercatchers, few Swallows moving through south, lost of Black Head gulls, Red Breasted Merg. fishing off shore,
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Montrose Basin Saturday 7th August

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Thanks Jon, and Harry for the info. Took the train up this morning and managed very distant views of the Ruddy Shelducks, and later managed to find the Little Egret too.
Had a Whimbrel on the shoreline at the north end of the station at around 1415 too.
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Lost male steppe eagle

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Hi there was reading this on another forum but a tame steppes eagle was lost in the Aberdeenshire area and the falconer thinks it could maybe head down this way, so if anyone sees an unusual bird with leathers on its legs, it could be the steppes eagle.
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8th AUGUST 2010 Ruff, The Lurgies

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Ruff x 4 on the Lurgies opposite the Slunks yesterday late afternoon. Apologies for the delay while I double checked the ID.

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August 9th - MONTROSE BASIN - BIRDS

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August 9th - 12Noon RUFF 12 - LITTLE EGRET and 9 RUDDY SHELDUCK still present.

All on Lurgies , Little Egret on Right of Old Pier looking towards Maryton Ditch area .
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August 10th - Montrose Basin Birds

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August 10th 12Noon CRANE 1 LITTLE EGRET 1 RUDDY SHELDUCK 7 WHIMBREL 1 All present on the Lurgies

The CRANE did fly off towards Wigeon Hide area at 12-30pm.
August 10th 1300 hrs. ARCTIC SKUA 1 Light Phase in Lunan Bay seen from ADBC Hide - Also recorded 6 Wader Species - i,e, RINGED PLOVER , DUNLIN - SANDERLING - OYSTERCATCHER - BAR -TAILED- GODWIT- CURLEW
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Montrose Basin bird reporting

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A request for information:
Could anyone finding particularly interesting birds at Montrose Basin/Slunks/Lurgies area, please give the SWT Centre staff a call, letting them know the birds are there?
People (and members of our club) often stop off at the wildlife centre to enquire 'What's about?', or to ask if there have been recent sightings of particular birds. On some occasions, that is the first that staff/volunteers hear of a bird being about. On other occasions, of course, it is the staff who are letting our club members know something's about.
SWT Centre phone number is: 01674 676336.
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Lurgies -10th Aug

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Lurgies from 19:45-20:45. Low Tide.

A group of three Green Sandpiper on the riverbank. They flew off up the Millburn.
Two Ruddy Shelduck flew low over my head while I was busy studying Greenshank.
The Little Egret was still hanging around Miss Erskine's Bank.
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12/08/2010 The Crane showing well this morning at the Lurgies, 3 Green Sandpipers at beginning of old pier but never sit long enough to get a decent photo
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In addition to the Crane at The Lurgies this forenoon, there was a Little Egret, a Canada Goose and a Kingfisher. Despite an hour of searching I failed to find any sandpipers, either Common or Green, but there were around 10 Greenshanks spread up and down the river.
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Green Sandpiper at SWT Montrose

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Hi All,
The sheep have arrived at Montrose Basin (Tuesday) and already a Green Sandpiper is regularly appearing in the cleared pool immediately outside the SWT Centre window. It first appeared on Tuesday August 11th and re-appeared there yesterday (all day). Easily seen and since there are scopes at the centre windows, you only have to turn up and have a look
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August 13th Murton Webs Count

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August 13th. 11am. LAPWING 290 GREYLAGS158 - MUTE SWAN 5 ( 3 CYGNETS ) - GADWALL 8 - TEAL 10 -COOT 10- LITTLE GREBE 2 - OYSTERCATCHERS 4 - SAND MARTINS still 70 present -MALLARD 50- GREENSHANKS 3 jUVS.

Above all recorded during the August Webs count - at Murton Wildlife Reserve Forfar
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No sign of Ruddy Shelduck at Montrose Basin,Friday 14/08/10

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Common Crane at The Slunks, but flew off (not seen to leave The Basin area) and was immediately replaced there, by the Little Egret. Green Sandpiper continues in salt pans outside SWT Montrose Visitor Centre.
No Ruddy Shelduck seen.
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14th August 2010 : Tay Rail Bridge area, Dundee.

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Flock of 40 Canada Geese travelling south west low over the Tay Rail Bridge this morning around 9.15 from the direction of the airport, heading towards Newport/Wormit.
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Kingfisher,dippers and four mergansers,Osprey and heron all visited me whilst fishing on the South Esk above Bridge of Dun.
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BARRY BUDDON OPEN NATURE DAY

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August 15th. 10am - 4pm. 72 species seen during course of a great day out -- highlights were --

A Day flying LONG EARED OWL - CHIFFCHAFF, GREAT SPOTTED AND GREEN WOODPECKER - SNIPE- ARCTIC SKUA-
BUTTERFLYS recorded were - 14 species in total - Highlights - 4 SMALL BLUES - 1 COMMA !

MOTHS - recorded were 31 different species - for me the best one was the beautiful - CANARY SHOULDERED THORN

A great day out was had by all present .
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16th August : Dundee City Centre

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Single Peregrine flying along the line of the High Street and Murraygate in the direction of the Hilltown Multis at 7.20am this morning. My first city centre Peregrine.
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16 Aug 2010 Elliot getting very quiet had 1 Whimbrel. Normal other stuff there. Best sight was about 100 yards off shore nursery pod of dolphins. Adults surrounding lots of young ones. Stayed around about 10 minutes then moved in to deeper water
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Angus Lochs - 17th Aug

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A few highlights from a day out at some Angus lochs.

Kinnordy - Water Rail making a lot of noise; one adult & one juvenile seen from the Swamp hide. Snipe (16). Greenshank (1). Osprey (1) plus all the other usual birds.

Lintrathen - Lapwing (121), Snipe (3), Great Crested Grebe family group (2A + 2J). Canada Geese (7). Spotted Flycatcher (6 seen from the path near the parking area).

Various other lochs had Osprey, Common Gull, Black Throated Diver (in summer plumage).
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August 18th CRANE - LITTLE EGRET -OSPREY

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August 18th 11-30am. COMMON CRANE - LITTLE EGRET - OSPREY - All seen from the Lurgies Walk to day.

August 18th 10-30 OSPREY 1 Female seen on Pine Tree at Balgavies Loch

August 18th 10am. LITTLE GREBE 20 On Forfar Loch - Community Centre end plus 5 GREAT CRESTED GREBE

All Lurgies Birds reported to the Centre to Caroline and Adam .
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Lower Glen Esk 18/8/10

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Black Grouse- small group 6+ at upper forest clearance/moorland area, audible as well. Also Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, Wheatear and found what might be an eagle pellet approx 10cm long x 3cm; anybody know if this is too big for a buzzard?
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Re: Lower Glen Esk 18/8/10

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Dave Adam wrote:Black Grouse- small group 6+ at upper forest clearance/moorland area, audible as well. Also Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, Wheatear and found what might be an eagle pellet approx 10cm long x 3cm; anybody know if this is too big for a buzzard?
Sounds too big for an eagle,wasn't that lost vulture was it?That's 4 inch by 1 inch in old money.
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August 19th OSPREY - MARSH HARRIER - WATER RAIL

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August 19th 1300hrs. MARSH HARRIER Imm. Male - OSPREY (Seen successfully diving and catching Fish ( from

gullery Hide ) WATER RAIL From Swamp Hide at R.S.P.B. LOCH OF KINNORDY RESERVE - KIRRIEMUIR.

August 19th 11AM. OSPREY - 1 - CANADA GEESE 10 COMMON GULLS 56 - LESSER BLACK BACK GULL 1 Seen at BackWater Resevoir
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Water Rail at SWT Montrose

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There was a Water Rail easily seen in the pool immediately if front of the SWT centre windows, on Saturday and again yesterday (15th and 19th August).
That is the reedy congested pool on the left.
The bird doesn't show often, but when it does, it wanders around the edge of the pool looking for food.
If you are at the wildlife centre, remember to keep checking that pool, as anyone can be fortunate enough to get really good views through the scopes.
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Re: Lower Glen Esk 18/8/10

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burnie wrote:
Dave Adam wrote:Black Grouse- small group 6+ at upper forest clearance/moorland area, audible as well. Also Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, Wheatear and found what might be an eagle pellet approx 10cm long x 3cm; anybody know if this is too big for a buzzard?
Sounds too big for an eagle,wasn't that lost vulture was it?That's 4 inch by 1 inch in old money.
LOL, its name is 'Gandalf' seemingly and did fly off from Cumbernauld in a northeasterly direction, so who knows!
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Re: AUGUST 2010 BIRD SIGHTINGS - ADD CURRENT SIGHTINGS HERE

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Wheer's the reception Chris, at the lurgies or in the visitor centre?(can't find a smiley face )
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Chris,you'll never guess what's just turned up at....................(good luck in your new life together)
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