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Angus Bird Sightings for APRIL 2013
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Monday 1st April 2013 - Osprey and Jack Snipe

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Date & Time: 1/4/2013 2-00pm - 3.30pm

Species: Osprey and Jack Snipe

Details: Osprey as reported by Hugh Bell at 12.30pm on usual tree east of Old Harbour at Montrose Basin, bird had what looked like a sea trout and was still on the tree when the tide came in at 3.30pm.

Jack Snipe at back of the bank marsh at the Lurgies opposite the Slunks. Also, 14 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Pintail, 2 Little Grebe, 22 Mute Swans, 12 Shelduck, 5 Redshank, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch and 2 male Red-breasted Meregansers. Great Spotted Woodpecker heard in trees near car park.

Trip on Rossie Moor abandoned, the moor is being cleared of scrub and looks to be readied for tree planting with new fencing, not deer fencing as I previously misreported. This was a decent spot for finding Snipe, Jack Snipe and sometimes Woodcock, I hope they intend keeping the footpaths open. "Note, I have emailed SNH and Angus Council Planning Department asking what's being done and if access will be maintained, I also downloaded a species list which shows 145 species over the years have been seen on the moor".

Old quarry at Boysack 35 Twite on power cables, no signs of target species seen.
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Re: Rossie Moor

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Hi Alex, if you have any concerns re the activity on Rossie Moor have a look at

http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/docu ... Type_ID=33

If the area you are concerned about is covered by the SSSI, then have a read at

http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/docu ... Type_ID=28

Might then be worth chasing up the local authority first to see if any planning application has been approved, then SNH if not. My guess would be that they do have approval, but might be worth chasing up

Cheers, SRG
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Arbroath 2 April Keptie pond. Male swan has started to build nest ready for female. Pair of Goosenders back on the pond.
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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30.03.2013,
2 freshly dead puffins at Mains of Usan.
31.03.2013
15 Snow Buntings at top of Glen Shee car park.
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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today lots of razorbills and cormorants and eider 2 peregrines falcons. And 2 shags on rocks. And 8 puffins seen on cliffs. Auchmithie area
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drake smew still at east of kinnordy loch at 5pm...as were 6 shelduck
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Balgavies Reserve - Osprey

Osprey seen this afternoon 14.30hrs on deciduous tree on island.
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Wednesday 3rd April 2013 - Great Crested Grebe

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Date & Time: 3/4/2013 - 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Species: Great Crested Grebe

Details: 14 Great Crested Grebe on Forfar Loch between the leisure centre and the yacht club, along with 16 Goosander, 1 little Grebe, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 25 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Redshank and 4 Pochard. Male grebes being protective of their females and chasing other males around, I assume many will move on once their breeding habitat becomes ice free. More birds further up the loch but no details. A search of today's photos appears to reveal a Tufted Duck/Pochard hybrid which I'll ask about before posting.
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Mon 1st/Wed 3rd April 2013 - Puffin, Osprey

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Date & Time: Monday 1st/Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Species: Puffin, Osprey
Details: Monday 1st - 2 dead puffins and 4 dead Guillemots on Auchmithie beach....BUT LIVE Puffins back in the bay, just off shore.
Wednesday 3rd - Osprey back at Balgavies Loch.
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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New one for my garden list in Carnoustie - 12 waxwings in my tree at 19.30 4th April
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Re: APRIL 2013 .BARN OWL-TAYOCK

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GHOSTLY SPECTRE HUNTING OVER FIELD EDGE AT TAYOCK 05:25HRS THIS MORNING.
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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05/04/2013 Condor east 626430. Had my first winter Woodcock at pond area. With few rabbits moving around saw a Buzzard take a Thrush and flew into fir tree.
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06/04/2013 Arbroath Elliot. Nothing to shout about Meadow Pipits up singing and parachuting down, Meadow Pipits in reed beds singing, Crows on golf course nest building. Beach, few dead Puffins and one chewed up Guillemot. Ringed Plover in among pebbles near one of last years nesting areas. Harbour only Red Shanks on wall. Had first Bee trying to get in one of my house windows.
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06/03/2012 Elliot sorry for my mistake for Meadow Pipits in reed beds read Reed Buntings above entry.
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Arbroath Cliffs and Forfar Loch ID confirmed as Scaup

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Saturday 6th April 2013 - 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Details: Kittiwakes and Herring Gull nesting, no eggs seen yet. Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Yellowhammers, Fulmar, Cormorants, 2 Shags, Kestrel, Reed Bunting and 45 Twite between Whiting Ness and Carlingheugh Bay. Eider and Redshanks at Victoria Park.

Duck from Forfar Loch on Wednesday 3rd appeared to be paired with a Pochard so I thought it might be a hybrid, it was in fact a very late Scaup for the Loch. I have looked up BirdTrack and there are no reports for March or April from 2009 to now and the latest in any year was 25/2/2008, I also thought they stayed on the coast. Learned something new again!
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Kittiwakes - Sat

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Seawatching at Usan for an hour mid afternoon. Kittiwakes heading north (all adults) at a rate of 600/hr. Absolutely nothing else moving. A notable absence of auks on the sea with the exception of razorbills.
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Re: APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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07/04/2013 Arbroath Keptie Pond. Female swan finally settled on nest. Male Gooseander patrolling with no sign of female, hopefully she is on the island nesting.
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Siskins in Monifieth garden

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My 2 sunflower heart feeders have been really busy all day.
Non stop siskins - up to 7 at a time, greenfinches- have had hardly any all winter, and goldfinches.
Usual visits from pair of great spotted woodpeckers, pair of bullfinches.
Yellowhammers and long tailed tits.
Two brown birds on sunflower feeder - possibly linnets, proper birdwatchers have identified them from photos in the past.
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Angus glen

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2 x Red Kite
2 x Kestrel
4 x C. Buzzard
3 x Woodcock
5 x C. Snipe
5 x Golden Plover
1 x G.Eagle
4 x Curlew
20 x Lapwing
2 x Raven
Meadow Pipits back on low moors where no snow cover.
Adder and Slow Worm
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8th APRIL 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Monikie late am - Little Gull 1
Balgavies Loch 2pm - Long-tailed Duck 1 male, Ospreys - pair mating, Sand Martin 2
Rescobie Loch 3pm - Little Gull 2
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Monday 8th April 2013 - Various Raptors

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Date & Time: Monday 8th April 2013 - 12:15pm
Species: Various Raptors & Green Woodpecker
Details: As well as usual Buzzards had a Red Kite at an Angus location this morning.
Then at 12:15pm had a male Marsh Harrier hunting over reed beds at Kinnordy Loch seen from Gullery Hide.
Shortly after an Osprey came over head looking for a meal and a male Sparrowhawk also appeared at the same time.

Last week I also heard a Green Woodpecker calling in the grounds of Guthrie Castle.
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Migration article on BirdGuides

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Dear all

BirdGuides has just published an article I wrote on migration a month ago which includes a section on Red Kite moving through Angus after the snow and the Kinnordy Bittern that might be of interest. This is the link http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3672

Free to view until Thursday. Please pass on the link to anyone you think might be interested.

Cheers

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Arbroath Keptie Pond. 09/04/2013. Never a dull moment. There are now 4 Swans at the pond. 2 interlopers turned up over night and this has brought the female from her nest. The male is keeping them well at bay. Also there are now 6 Gooseanders again 4 males and 2 Females. 2 Coots nest now in operation. Arbroath cliffs only produced lots of Kittiwake and nothing else of interest.
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waxwings in Monifieth

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7.30 am - 12 waxwings eating apples in my garden in Grangehill Drive Monifieth

Siskins still on sunflower heart feeders
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AGV message Wednesday 10th April 2013

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AGV message Wednesday 10th April 2013
AGV Female(?) Black Redstart under old roadbridge at Elliot, 0915 today. Good views from under new roadbridge. Mike Nicoll
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11/04/2013 Arbroath Keptie pond. Different news for a change Male Blackcap in Silver birches right hand side of pond, Chiffchaff calling in small wooded area end of pond right hand side. 6 Gooseanders still around and 4 Swans still there causing little bit of tension.
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Thursday 11th April 2013 - Waxwings

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Date & Time: Thursday 11th April 2013 - 3pm
Species: Waxwings
Details: 2x Waxwings seen down North Street, Forfar at 3pm.
Perched on top of Lampost opposite bungalow number 10, right next to North Street/High Street traffic lights. Berry bushes round about in local gardens.
(2nd day present - saw them distantly yesterday, but flew off before I could drive closer and confirm 100% it was 2 waxwings, hence late post.)
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buzzard this morning flew right in front of me only a few feet away from my head i was on motor bike so yes i got a wee fright
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3 little gulls and 3 sand martins at Rescobie Loch. 4pm
3 Green Woodpeckers at Montreathmont, viewable from track past hide, look at the top of the birch trees and you can also hear them yaffling to each other.

The Colur-ringed Redshank which has been seen at Kinnordy Loch for at least the 3rd year was ringed in Levington on 6/9/2009
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a photo of this bird is on his webpage taken by Mike Andrews , the Volounteer at Kinnordy Loch.
www.mickorwellestuary.co.uk
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balgavies 2 ospreys putting on a good display and 2 herons appear to be building a nest
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3 Little Gulls and Sand Martins at Rescobie Loch, Swallow at Balgavies Loch.
Chiffchaff reported at Kinnordy Loch by volounteers.
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Angus Glen

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10 x C.Snipe
10 x Lapwing
1 x Woodcock
1 x Kestrel
1 x G.Eagle
1 x Raven

1 x Ring Ouzel (first of the year and singing in the snow!)
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Sand Martins and Swallows feeding out from Gullery Hide at Kinnordy Loch this morning. Drake Smew and Whooper Swans still present too.
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Waxwings in Monifieth

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12.00pm At least 20 waxwings eating apples in my garden in Grangehill Drive, Monifieth
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Kinnordy Loch today;
drake Smew, Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martin, Whooper Swans, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle and Chiffchaff.
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Peregrine Falcon flying south over Brit Oxygen Deport(non water feature in Dundee!) pursued by two carrion crows. 1 magpie and fly through Long tailed Tits(7)greenfinch and Linnets
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gus guthrie wrote:Kinnordy Loch today;
drake Smew, Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martin, Whooper Swans, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle and Chiffchaff.
Gus was the WTE an adult?
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Monday 15th April - Glenesk and Lochlee

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Date & Time: April 15th - 11.00am - 3.00pm
Glenesk and Lochlee up to Inchgrundle

Lochlee: 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatear on loch track one third to halfway along. 2 Raven over hill near Inchgrundle, also 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers near bridge, c 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtail and 2 Buzzards between Invermark and Inchgrundle.

Invermark area: 1 Treecreeper, 8 Chaffinches, 4 Coal Tits, 3 Great Tits, 2 Song Thrush at Invermark car park. 1 Grey Wagtail at Invermark Water Station along with 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Pied Wagtail.

Dalbrack Bridge area: 3 Mistle Thrush and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Glenesk road: 3 Buzzards, 44 Jackdaws, 4 Lapwings, 12 oystercatchers.

Toads mating and spawn along loch track and what I think was a Fox Moth Caterpillar, no birds on the loch, very windy.
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lintrathen/ backwater

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lintrathen
1 male smew seen from the elevated hide/2 jays/1 dipper/4 great crested grebes/goldeneye/tufted ducks/buzzard/large flock of common gull/cormorants/robin/piedwagtail/black headed gulls/mallards/wigeon/blue tit/coal tit/carrion crows/mute swans

backwater
8 black grouse/4 common sandpipers/1 swallow/1 pair of wigeon/2 f reedbuntings/meadow pipits/mistle thrush/blackbirds/robin/woodpigeon/oystercatchers/lapwings displaying/common gulls/1 lssb gull/1 kestrel

trottick pond

6 goosanders 5f 1m/3 herons/1 mistle thrush/tufted ducks/2 mutes/coots/2 moorhens/jackdaws/carrion crows/dunnocks/great tit
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