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Angus Bird Sightings for DECEMBER 2013
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Male Bearded Tit at the Swamp Hide and drake Smew from the East Hide on Kinnordy this morning.Sadly,no sign of the Green winged Teal but I am sure It was hidden away somewhere.Probably showed Itself,once I left..!
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Drake Smew showing at east of loch today, also Bittern seen by visitors at 12.40 from Gullery Hide.
Drake Pintail still at loch, around 15 Whooper Swans too.
Quite a few Bullfinches along the paths and had my 1st Brambling of the winter here.
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1st December 2013

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Inside the advent calendar today -
the Blue morph Snow Goose from Kinnordy yesterday had relocated to fields approx 2 miles south east of Kirriemuir, just to the east of Mains of Ballindarg at approx NO411515. It was feeding in a flock of Pink-feet in winter cereal from about noon onwards. The flock were still in the field well after dark, at 4.45pm, so presume it was still there with them.
Forfar Loch - 1st winter Iceland Gull appeared about 4.20pm in the roost, just to west of sailing club. It appeared quite dull along the wings, and may yet turn out to be a Kumlein's-type, but it was just too dark by then to get enough detail, and could just as easily be a bog-standard Iceland.
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Monday 2nd December 2013 - Blue morph Snow Goose

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Snow Goose still in field as described by Stuart at 12.30 pm Monday. Couldn't be seen from the Ballindarg road but eventually located from the A926, Forfar to Kirrie road near to Woodhead farm road where there is just enough room to park. The field has a blind spot from Ballindarg but viewable with a scope from the A926.
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4th DECEMBER 2013 Loch of Kinnordy

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Green-winged Teal and Pintail drakes from Gullery Hide at Lunchtime, Drake Smew at East Hide.
Barnacle Goose among Greylags in roadside field just NW of Kinnordy c.NO349544 at sunset
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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06/12/2013 Elliot Grey plover, Bar Tailed Godwit, Snipe all the usual gulls. Balcathie field 2,000 pinkies nothing in among them.
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Friday 6th December 2013 - Thrushes

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Date & Time: Friday 6th December 2013 - 1200 - 1500

Species: Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Peregrine, Mistle Thrush

Details: Sleepyhillock Cemetery, Tayock, Montrose. A mixed flock of Fieldfares, Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds, couldn't find Waxwings reported in Upper Craigo Street.

Lurgies very quiet nearer dusk, Fieldfares towards Bridge of Dun, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merganser, 1 Whooper, 15 Redshank, Common Gulls and Mute Swans. Adult Common Seal and juvenile above the Slunks, the adult with a salmon perhaps 12-15 lbs!
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Kinnordy Loch, Mute Swan

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mute swan with a white ring on its left leg , has 3 letters/numerals....YD0 ?
if anyone can get a better picture of it I'd be interested to know.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Tealing to auchterhouse rd tonight what I first thought to be a plastic bag blowing in the wind was actually a hunting Barnowl,this is the first one I have seen alive here all the rest have been road casualtys.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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09/12/2013 Thrush count yesterday only found 6 Blackbirds in Condor grid. Lack of anything else. Curlew on west side of camp, never seen one here before they tend to stick to the east side on airfield.
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Bittern

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Hi all, dont know where the report originates from, but Birdguides is showing the Bittern still at Kinnordy noon today.................
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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green-winged teal & drake smew both showing from gullery hide today.
also bittern reported from earlier this week too.
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Monikie Webs

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Saturday December 14th.

Should anyone be interested in covering the Webs Surveys for Monikie here is the count I recorded for December which I agreed to do hoping that a club member would take this count on in 2014. I've been given two other sites and hadn't asked for Monikie and can't envisage being able to cover Monikie as well.

Coot 1, Cormorant 7, Goldeneye 48, Grey Heron 1, Mallard 64, Moorhen 6, Mute Swan 12, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 14, Wigeon 54, Black-headed Gull 44, Common Gull 117, Herring Gull 4. Also seen looking out of the park towards the coast, 7 Grey Partridge confirmed when I looked at a photo I'd taken on spec.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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saw the green winged teal and the drake smew from gullery hide at kinnordy lunchtime today.
was good to meet gus and put a face to a name.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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15 Dec 2013 Quiet walk along St. Vigeans nat trail. Gold Finch, Herring gull, Wren,Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Green finch, Long Tailed Tits, House Sparrow, Black Bird, Moorhen, Curlew, Jackdaw, Rook, Robin, Great Tit, Crow, Buzzard, Wood Pigeons, Jays, Yellow Hammer, Coal tits,,Bullfinches, Collard Doves.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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kinnordy this afternoon. my first sighting of the bittern :-)
also smew still showing and a pintail.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Bittern seen in flight at Kinnordy this morning at 11.30.
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Monday 16th December 2013 - Green Winged Teal

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Date & Time: Monday 16th December 2013 -
Species: Green Winged Teal, Smew, Red Kite
Details: Brief visit to Gullery Hide, Kinnordy 12:00 to 12:30pm and saw the Green Winged Teal on the bogbean island opposite the Gullery Hide.
Drake Smew was visible distantly from Gullery hide also.
3x Red Kites seen in the "Noranside area" at 11am.
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sea eagle

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1 sea eagle flying about on the tay at 2.35 pm today,i saw it from the tentsmuir side bit it would have been better viewed from the Dundee side,it had a blue wing tag but I couldn,t get the lettering on it ,it landed on the east side of the island just offshore of tentsmuir beach
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Dec. 17th WAXWINGS

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DEC. 17TH 1350HRS. WAXWINGS 17 AT BOTTOM OF GREENDYKES ROAD WHERE IT JOINS MAIN ROAD - BIRDS WERE SITTING IN TALL TREE ABOVE THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS
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Angus news - Glen Lethnot

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I know I'm making a habit of posting these links. But it's a quiet time

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-t ... l-25455234
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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kinnordy loch, drake smew still present.
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DEC 20TH BLACKCAP

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December 20th 9-20am BLACKCAP Female in my garden at Kinnordy Terrace , 1st for Ages -
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Sorry if this is a bit of topic but been reading about the latest eagle to be poisoned on an area in angus that seems to be a black hole for birds of prey wonder how long it will be until every golden eagle has been wiped out from the angus area.
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Saturday 21st December 2013 - Purple Sandpipers

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Date & Time: Saturday 21st December 2013 - 2.20 pm

Species: Purple Sandpiper

Details: If anyone still needs Purple Sandpiper for their list, there is a regular gathering at high tide at Inchcape Park, Arbroath. Drive down to the sewage works north of Gayfield and walk up to the third seat and they'll be there, 22 today the most I've counted. Also 24 Linnets, 20 Turnstones, 16 Oystercatchers and 14 Curlews. South at the paddling pool, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. There are 2 Shags in or around the harbour and will approach you to get their photo taken! Golden Plovers are at Victoria Park most days, I've also recently found the sandpipers at Westhaven (1) and Ferryden (6).
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December 22nd FROM A.D.B.C. LUNANBAY HIDE

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DECEMBER 22ND 12OO HRS --1345 HRS A.D.B.C HIDE -LUNAN BAY - 1 SLAVONIAN GREBE - 1 ARCTIC SKUA DH. PHASE - 1 LONG TAILED DUCK - 3 GANNETS - 1 VELVET SCOTER - 23 COMMON SCOTER - 1 HERON - 23 SANDERLINGS - 6 RINGED PLOVER - 2 HERRING GULLS Bearing Yellow Darvick Rings - will be reported on
Above seen by Bob - Graham - Keith and new member Neil Black - Stormy conditions and cold !
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Kinnordy Loch today;
drake smew showing off and on alll day, bittern flew into reeds near the owl box at around 11am and promptly disappeared for the rest of the day.
300+ teal, 23 whooper swans.
also goosander, mallard, wigeon, goldeneye, shoveler, tufted duck and a couple of gadwall.
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Glen Lethnot 21 Dec 2013

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1 x Red Kite
5 x Common Buzzard
1 x Golden Eagle sub adult
1 x Snow Bunting female
1 x White-tailed Eagle adult
2 x Raven
20+ Red Grouse
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Kinnordy Loch;
drake Smew showing well from Gullery hide, also Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and a Kingfisher.
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Jackdaw roost

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There were at least 6,000 jackdaws tonight between Fern and Noranside, roosting nearer the latter but very few rooks in amongst them. I suspect numbers are far greater but the birds were going down into various woods across a wide area. If anyone else is going stir crazy it's an atmospheric experience and maybe we can get some higher counts. The Alford, Aberdeenshire corvid roost recently made it onto national news with ca 20,000 birds.
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Iceland Gull Xmas Day

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There was a 1st-winter Iceland Gull in amongst a feeding flock yesterday in the first field on the left as you head south out of Kirriemuir on the A928 yesterday lunchtime. Drake Smew was still Kinnordy, but nowt else there. I put a text out about the gull on the AGV, but dont know if anyone got it or not? Cheers, SRG
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Barn Owl

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Barn Owl - Forfar-Coupar Angus road, 1 mile from Forfar 7.20pm
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Boxing Day.

Had a wee run around Angus to try and see a selection of species in the limited daylight. Managed 65 species with the highlights being - "Dave" the Red Throated Diver still in City Quay in Dundee (first spotted December 25th last year, so he's been in there for at least a year now), Stock Dove in Craigmill Den, nice mixed flock of Tree Sparrows, Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings, Linnets, Yellowhammers and the odd Chaffinch at Boghead Farm, drake Smew (distant) and Pink Footed Goose (1 very close in front of east hide) along with a small flock of Greylags right in front of the east hide at Kinnordy. Also Whooper Swans too.

Nice additional bonus of a pod of Bottlenosed Dolphins heading north past Arbroath cliffs at lunchtime. Very unexpected. Also a Fox at Barry Buddon.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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Green-winged Teal was showing well this morning , feeding with a big group of Teal within 50 metres of the Gullery Hide.
Also had an otter, spotted by Stuart Green and later on I had a Kingfisher too.
The drake Smew spent most of the day down at the east end of the loch.
Plenty Teal & Wigeon around as well as Goldeneye, Goosander, Tufties,Mallard, some shoveler and a couple of Gadwall.
Also around 34 Whoopers here, mainly at the west end among the rushes.
The drake Pintail was around there yesterday too.

short video-clip of the otter today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0TNtbm4nII
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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A flying visit to Kinnordy Loch today , Smew was showing on and off and a Kingfisher landed on a branch briefly at the Gullery Hide before heading west.
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Re: DECEMBER 2013 ANGUS BIRD SIGHTINGS

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millenium forest carnoustie, mid morning/early afternoon
two brambling, two tree creepers, buzzard, chaffinches, goldfinches, siskins, bullfinches, robins, blackbirds, yellowhammers, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, two goldcrest, wrens, song thrush, great spotted woodpecker, rooks, carrion crows, jackdaws and wood pigeons.
plus two damn grey squirrels!
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Upper Glen Esk

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2 x Red Kite
2 x C.Buzzard
2 x Raven
1 x Bullfinch at 650 m
1 x Peregrine male
3 x Whooper Swan
1 x Goosander female
1 x Woodcock
20 x Red Grouse
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29th DECEMBER 2013 Auchmithie

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Nice mixed flock of 200+ finches and buntings late afternoon in winter bird feed crop on path from Auchmithie to Windyhills just past the old schoolhouse cNO678440. Mainly Linnets & Goldfinches with Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings & Yellowhammer. Nothing else of note during walk from Auchmithie to Seaton Den and back via cliffs.
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