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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 18:28   #1951
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But it's good to know that I have a bird that is filling the hole left by finding Snow Bunting last week.
LOL Paul.... I'll look forward to the ongoing saga!!!
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Old Thursday 11th January 2018, 13:43   #1952
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Gosh!!! A first for my garden today in a Red Squirrel, ran across the shed roof where I feed the birds.

I've not seen one in the town before, though I've heard that others have. Shame I didn't get a picture!
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Old Monday 22nd January 2018, 21:25   #1953
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2 waxwings sitting in a tree at 23 wentworth avenue Dundee at 9.20 am today when I returned a couple of hours later the number had increased to 7 ,the birds were resting not feeding nice to see they are in the area
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Old Monday 22nd January 2018, 21:43   #1954
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Ooooh!!! I wondered if we were going to get any this winter K.

Can you point them to Blairgowrie now please lad!!
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 17:26   #1955
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Angus

I had a great day out yesterday with Barry (Stonefaction), hitting some of the Angus hotspots. I think our final list was 78 species spotted, which considering the time of year is pretty good.

Birds seen included Barn Owl (Scottish first for me), Green Sandpiper, Crossbill, Little Egret and Iceland Gull (Onshore first for me). Also, loads of Bullfinch at several sites.
Highlights for me though were Twite (Montrose Basin) and Little Gull (Arbroath), both of which are lifers.
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 22:36   #1956
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http://stonefactionbirding2014.blogs...gle-31118.html

My blog-post of Wednesday's highly successful day out around Angus with Paul (Gander). Plenty of photos of some of the highlights too.
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My blog-post of Wednesday's highly successful day out around Angus with Paul (Gander). Plenty of photos of some of the highlights too.
Well Done lads.
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Old Friday 2nd February 2018, 14:50   #1958
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Rossie Bog - Great White Egret

Managed to catch up with the Great White Egret that has been around Rossie Bog in the last few weeks. A distant view, but definitely a GWE. Third lifer of the week. Who said winter months are slow?
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Old Sunday 4th February 2018, 15:33   #1959
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Lochore Meadows

Good views of the long staying red headed Smew at Lochore this afternoon. Timed it perfectly, as when I emerged from the woodland at the west end, the bird was right in front of me. It drifted away into a reedy bay, but I was able to point it out to a visiting birder from Norfolk. He was delighted, as it was the lifer he had come to see.
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Another full day's birding spent with Stonefaction (Barry) today. Main targets were Great White Egret at Rossie Bog, Smew at Lochore Meadows and Green Woodpecker at Portmoak.

We started off at the Wilderness. It felt like a true wilderness with the temperature at minus 3.5 deg C, but we made a solid start there to our lists, including Pintail and Whooper Swan. At Rossie Bog we struck out on the Great White Egret, but found Grey Partridge and a small flock of Stock Doves, along with a few other year ticks for me.

From Rossie, we proceeded to Lochore Meadows. The Redhead Smew was not in the area that it had been in on Sunday, but with a little scouting about, we soon found it in a quiet corner.

From Lochore we headed to Vane Farm (RSPB Loch Leven) where the highlights were Raven (x2), Peregrine Falcon (x2) and Little Egret, while some commoner birds kept our lists ticking away nicely.

The short drive was made to Portmoak Moss, once we were finished at Vane Farm. Here the target was Green Woodpecker. Almost as soon as we came out onto the edge of the moss, we heard the distinctive call of our target just along the path from us. Barry located it just as it took to the wing, and I found it as it flew across the moss to a dead tree.

We now decided to head for Ruddons Point. Here we added a lot of the commoner seabirds and waders to our tally, in some pretty chilly conditions. With still a little light left after we got back to the car, we then headed to the Barnyards Marsh, where we found plenty of Snipe. Our birding day then ended with a quick walk down to Kilconquhar Loch, where Barry managed to find a fleeing Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I have yet to tote up my list, but it looks like 70 plus, with over half a dozen year ticks. More importantly though, than the ticks and list, we had a great day out amongst the birds. I look forward to Stonefaction's blog entry covering today, which I'm sure will be an excellent read as always.
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I made it to 80 species, Paul. Velvet Scoter & Red Throated Diver confirmed from photos. Here's the blog post to go with it.

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Kilconquhar

Unusually for a Saturday, it opened up to give me a bit of birding opportunity. Daughter two has a sprained ankle, so her usual dance class was off the agenda, then suddenly, daughter one had her horse riding arrangements cancelled at the last moment.

This left the Dad taxi free to roam.

I set off for Rossie Bog soon after eleven, with the hope of finding the male Hen Harrier spotted there yesterday. I was also hoping for a better look at the GWE that has lurked there for several weeks.

Having arrived, I gave the bog area a preliminary scan, with no reward. I was hardly there a few minutes when my mobile vibrated to announce a text arrival. The text was from the Fife bird alert system, and heralded the spotting of a male Red-crested Pochard. My choice was to hang around the bog in hope of my original targets, or rush across Fife to Kilconquhar Loch in search of a duck that had never previously been on my radar.

I decided to rush for the duck.

Arriving at the FBC hide, I hoped somebody would be there to let me in. The hide was empty and I did not have my key, as today was all very unplanned. I headed around to the churchyard where I knew I could get views of the loch. There was another birder there already, and two others, an older couple, were just leaving, one of whom turned out to be the original spotter.

The remaining birder had not seen the bird, and the original spotter had seen the bird earlier in the morning, left, then returned with his wife (both in their eighties I was told), but had not relocated the bird.

We scanned the loch as best as possible, but the area where the bird was first seen was obscured by the glare from the low, winter sun. Noticing the hide was now occupied, we decided to head around, and there we found the older couple again, but still no bird. Scanning for a while, we were joined by another two experienced birders I had met on previous occasions. Time ticked on, and with no R-C Pochard appearing, the older couple headed off. They were soon followed by the two birders who were last in to the hide, just leaving two of us. My new friend was about to leave, when I noticed some Mallard moving out of the little reedy bay to the left of the hide. They looked like something had spooked them a little. Scanning the group, I suddenly came upon a distinctive red beaked bird in their midst. The Red-Crested Pochard was soon in full view, and a great looking bird it is, may I say, although I probably say that for every lifer.
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Having been unfortunate to miss out on the Great White Egret at Rossie Bog on Wednesday with Paul (Gander), I decided to try again today. Bussed it to Ladybank then walked out to the appropriate area and saw mostly rather distant birds, but no Egret. Later, however, a birder I know from Guardbridge (I think anyway - I'm usuless with faces/names) discovered it on the wall along from the road junction at the farm, and came back to tell me. He gave me a lift back around the road and I re-found it feeding in a ditch viewable from the road. When it flew I thought I'd have to make do with the photos and videos I'd already got (which were pretty good anyway) but it chose to land right in front of me in the field, and proceeded to feed in the ditch around 25-30 feet from me, allowing me some cracking photos. It moved off back along the ditch after a while, though others arriving to see it, mostly managed to get decent views, before flying off a little later to a different ditch to the west. Well pleased with the pics (and video - on YouTube - same user name) I got.
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I'm sure they don't taste that good Rob!

Guess they were eaten in the past though.
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I gather it showed very well again yesterday but was rather more elusive when Daniel and I saw it in the afternoon. Nice views of the red-crested pochard at Kilconquhar though.

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