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WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS 2011

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Wildlife Sightings for 2011
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Humpback whale

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Not seen personally, but a humpback whale was seen off Montrose on Sunday 23rd Jan and Monday 24th Jan. Seen by the Montrose Wildlife Centre ranger on the 24th.
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Whilst being diverted due to road works,spotted a Stoat in full ermine run over the B9113 and up along the bank,stuck out like a sore thumb as there wasn't any snow to be seen.
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Ermine stoat at Kinnordy this morning.

Also saw between Kinnordy & Lintrathen a GIANT hare!! This is the second time I've seen a scarily big hare - (and I mean big, me and my faither confused it for a deer for a minute!!) Is there an upper size limit for Brown hares, or do they just keep growing, or are we merely hallucinating?!
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Peacock Butterfly

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1st March 2011
One Peacock Butterfly at Kinnaird Park. Sunning itself on a gravel path.
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Two frogs just arrived in my pond this morning. Spring is here - ha!
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They laid some spawn then have gone again! Think they've realised it was still a bit nippy!
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Lots of Brown Hare activity in the feilds around Memus, having vanished into the wood for the winter now they are back. I have not seen any major boxing yet but have not had time to watch for long yet.

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Adder seen at Loch Lee in Glen Esk.
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One Comma at Morton Lochs yesterday (see Photographs section for photo).
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27th April 2011 - Common Lizard

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Had a Common Lizard this afternoon at 2:30pm run across the road in front of me, on the Froickheim to Forfar road. Near the Guthrie turn off.
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Single otter half way up the Elliot to Arbirlot path yesterday.
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Vixen busy in broad daylight hunting in the Marywell area,I think it's partner was flattened on the A92 last week.
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Tuesday 31st May

Broad Cairn Mountain Hare on slopes

Common lizard at Bachnagairn
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Lots of Bats flying around the South Esk river near Brechin last night,possibly Daubentons as they were hawking insects over the river?
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First sighting of Dolphins in Lunan bay this year,long way out so hard to count or identify.Plunging Gannets first drew my eye to them.
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Dog Otter for the 3rd time this week at Kinnordy Loch, 9pm from the Swamp hide out in the water splashing around.
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Dog otter again in front of Gullery Hide at kinnordy and another Otter in a little burn south of Kirriemuir about 15 mins later. Also met a hedgehog which ambled along, sniffed at my shoe and walked right past my rather surprised spaniel.
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Dolphins - Lunan Bay

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At Boddin Point from 20:00-21:00.
Eleven Bottlenose Dolphins went slowly past Boddin and into Lunan Bay. Quite close to the shore at times.
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17 July 2011. Pine Marten

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17/07/2011 About 2030 hours. Pine Marten. North West Corner of Cotton Wood at the entrance road to Cotton Farm at A9 (South) just west of Broxden Junction, Perth. Looking to cross road northwards towards Cotton Cottages but seemed put off by volume of traffic- very busy. Paced around a few feet away on two occasions before returning to spot from which it appeared. Looked in good condition although misty scar tissue covering right eye.
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Wednesday 27th July 2011 - Otter

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Date & Time: Wednesday 27th July 2011 - 11:30am
Species: Otter
Details: An Otter seen briefly near the small island (not the Osprey/Goose Nest Island!) on Balgavies Loch at 11:30am. Seen from parking pull in.
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Polecats

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Finally got a brief glimpse of a live Polecat as apposed to the road traffic accidents,though this one nearly ended up under my wheels.It and a blonde(!!)ferret were on the A92 near the Gorilla Corrosion factory last night,this is the second ferret I've seen,so I'm guessing that the Polecats are from ferret stock rather than "wild".Nice to see all the same.
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Otter

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Single young Otter seen just before dark on the South Esk close to Brechin.
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burnie wrote:Finally got a brief glimpse of a live Polecat as apposed to the road traffic accidents,though this one nearly ended up under my wheels.It and a blonde(!!)ferret were on the A92 near the Gorilla Corrosion factory last night,this is the second ferret I've seen,so I'm guessing that the Polecats are from ferret stock rather than "wild".Nice to see all the same.
Sadly there's a squashed polecat in exactly the same place I saw the live one.
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Possible Basking Shark

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Suspected Basking Shark - awaiting confirmation of images.

At the Arbroath Cliffs today between The Flairs at 12:05 and Dickmonts Den at 12:43





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Stoat, The Slunks 8th Sept 2011

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On the island (at high tide) with the fallen tree at the Slunks yesterday, a group of 6 Pied wagtails fluttering over the long grass. Turned out they were mobbing a Stoat, which after a couple of half-hearted attempts to catch one of its tormentors, gave up and swam 20m or so across to the "mainland". Had no idea that Stoats would swim.
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Went to Balgavies this afternoon in between dodging showers. Watched an otter hunting from in front of the hide, round past the lillies and over to the island for around 20 minutes, totally unconcerned. Also had a spotted flycatcher outside the hide for the 2 hrs i was there.
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25 Bottlenose Dolphins including 3 juveniles feeding mostly just off Carlingheugh Bay today between 11:30 and 14:15. They came from and returned to the direction of the Tay Estuary in several smaller groups.

The Basking Shark sighting reported last month at the Arbroath Cliffs has been confirmed.
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Two Grey Seals just off Elliot Links before the rocky section at around NO618375 for several hours today. Not seen any (live) ones around Arbroath for the last few years but heard a number of reports of them at the cliffs and in the harbour over the last three weeks.

Six Bottlenose Dolphins feeding in the same area 14:00-14:45
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Still looking for the Red Deer Rutt,deer gathered together in mixed herds on the CairnO'mount,but no sign of any rutting,wondering if I've missed it,but the stags look too well fed in and in good condition.Saw one Red Grouse and very little else bue to thick fog.
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The body of a large male Atlantic white-sided dolphin washed up on Elliot Beach at the weekend.

A gore free image but its still a dead dolphin -


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At Loch of Kinnordy RSPB reserve this afternoon me and my partner got some excellent views of a Weasel hunting around the edge of the East hide among the branches.
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Came back over the Cairn O'Mount and had a cracking white Hare trot over the road in front of us in the dark.
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Dolphins - Boddin Point

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10 Dec 2011, 14:30
Lot of Bottlenose Dolphins heading north past Boddin. Approximately 30 counted.
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