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Old Saturday 14th July 2007, 19:26   #26
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Show was only on for the one day. Tomorrow will be fine. I am on duty all day so you'l find me around some where.Probably in the Gullery hide. The warden, Hannah, is doing a guided walk from Kirriemuir at 2.30 so they will be at the reserve at about 4pm i would think. It will certainly not be like the Vane farm open day,i promise!!
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Old Sunday 15th July 2007, 17:36   #27
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Most of the ducks seemed to have congregated at the east end this morning apart from ninety or so Mallards along at the swamp end. The Marsh Harrier was seen early morning and then didn't make another appearance for the rest of the day. The Ospreys entertained visitors for most of the day with their angling skills. The male caught a tiddler and was sent back straight away for something more substantial.
It was a beautiful day and really quite warm..about time too!!
A flock of 40+ Lapwings flew around for a while before a group of 36 Oystercatchers also tried to find some where to settle down for a while. I noticed in the sightings book, in the gullery hide, 200+ swifts were counted on friday evening along with swallows and sandmartins. We had alot in today but not as many as 200. Other birds today included Willow and Sedge Warblers, Goldcrest, Common Sandpipers,Herons, Blackcaps, Water Rail- seen and heard, 30+ Coots, 16 Moorhens, Great Sp Woodpecker, Common gulls, black headed gulls and Lesser black backs.
Not too many visitors today. With the weather the way it was, they were probably all down at the beach watching waders in the sun!! We did have a visit from llendorin and 4getmenot which was great...nice to meet you both. If any one would like the reserves newsletter, please send your e-mail address to loch.kinnordy 'at' rspb.org.uk and the warden will send it out to you each month.
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Well, i'm home now after a pretty busy but good day. I'm pretty tired now, though!
We took the directions mentioned in a previous post for the tay reedbeds and we succeeded in seeing.... umm, reeds. Wasn't much happening, really. Have to admit, i was totally astounded at the size of them. I didn't know what to expect, but it certainly wasn't that! How on earth could you pick out a bearded tit in amongst that lot?!
We then went up to Loch of Kinnordy. It was nice meeting you, Darell. I probably should have said earlier on who i was, but why spoil the surprise? ;-)
Watching the Osprey fishing was real nice and it's a nice reserve. The gulls sure can make a noise, though!
Then we went off to Loch of the Lowes. We got there just after the young ones had been fed and they were still picking away at the fish the whole time we were there. Seems mum has given up feeding them herself. Time for them to fend for themselves, I guess.
All in all, it was a good, but long day, but definitely worthwhile. A whole lot to be seen.
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Wanted to thank Darell for the info he gave me and Llendorin yesterday :-) Having guys in the know on hand at reserves always makes the experience more enjoyable! Watching the Osprey catching its dinner at Kinnordy was the highlight of my day bird-wise although I just like going on walks too (i know - shame on me ;-)) and for that aspect I really enjoyed the walk to the Tay reed beds! It felt like 3 different worlds in the space of a 15 minute walk (not counting stopping for birds, squirrels and toads on route!) due to the path surroundings changing from waters-edge, to woodland, to the immense reedbed itself. Well worth a visit folks so thanks to Steve G for that posting. A real eye-opener ;-)
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I am doing guided walks this coming sunday if anyone is interested. First one will be at 9am and the second at 3.30pm.

The paths are good but its advisable to wear stout, comfortable footwear. The walks will be slow, as i have just recently had my plaster removed after breaking an ankle. Insect repellent is also advisable for those like me who are adored by the midges!!

The walks will take about an hour and a half depending on how much we see.

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Old Wednesday 18th July 2007, 18:37   #31
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I spent a few hours at the reserve today in the pouring rain. Well, it rained for most of my visit. There were still quite a number of birds around including water rail, little Grebe,heron, mute swans, mallards, wigeon, teal, tufties, coots, moorhen, marsh harrier, osprey, buzzards, reed bunting, sedge and willow warblers, black headed gulls and lesser black backs.

Fourteen brave souls visited the reserve during the hours i was there from as far away as Doncaster and Galloway.

We now have three cygnets in each swan family which means that one family lost one sometime between sunday and today. It was one from the older family which originally had five. Lets hope they don't lose any more.

The gulls continue to be as noisy as ever, although there doesn't seem to be as many around at the moment. One or two still have to learn to fly but the other youngsters are scattered all over the loch and in fields close by.

One of the mallard family has also lost a member of its family but the latest coot family still have three. Saying that, one of the young was getting a serious repremanding this afternoon for something it had or hadn't done. Their mother is a bit of a hard case and chases anything within a 100m radius of the youngsters. A couple of gulls were having a siesta on a patch of bog bean, when the "mummy" coot barged them off bacause her little ones wanted to rest there. Mallards and young Moorhens seem to the ones getting most of the hassel from her.

Not a bad afternoons birdwatching apart from the weather....not so bad if you're a duck though!!
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Walk would have been of interest were it not that I am in Derby this weekend :-( I'll keep my eyes peeled for similar future postings though ;-)
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I am hoping to do the walks every time i'm on duty for the next couple of months any way. I go round the reserve taking note of water levels etc, so thought it a good idea to do guided walks at the same time. I will post timings etc each week. Sunday 29th July will be at 11 o'clock, starting at the car park.
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erm... thinking of coming on Sunday (9am one) ... do I need to book?

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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 20:32   #35
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No need to book. Will meet in the car park.
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No need to book. Will meet in the car park.
Thanks.... just need to wake up in time then

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Old Sunday 22nd July 2007, 17:51   #37
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I left Dundee this morning in the pouring rain and was happy to find it alot lighter and almost brighter at kinnordy....a false setting for what we were about to receive. The rain started to get heavier and heavier not long after i arrived. It was 8 o'clock and i was hoping to do a guided walk at 9. Delia had said she would be attending the mornings walk...surely not in this weather!!

At 9 o'clock i proceeded to the carpark to find Delia ready for a nice walk in the rain, so off we went.

We started at the swamp end, where there were a few mallards, coots and a heron sitting in the grass. It was then along to the gullery hide. More mallards, moorhen youngsters, a pair of little grebes, teal, a pair of female shoveler and black headed gulls. After a few more minutes it was off to brave the elements again. We couldn't really hear many birds around for the sound of the rain hitting the leaves. The birds were obviously the sensible ones sheltering in the bushes. At the east hide we tried our best to look for the water rail. The area in front of the hide had been strimmed back to allow this to be possible.

Swans, coots, mallards, tufted duck and more gulls were present at the hide along with reed bunting. Just as we were about to leave i caught a glimpse of a young water rail. Unfortunately, Delia was looking in a different direction and so missed it!! I did see it, honest!!

Off we went again towards the edge of the reserve, where the path carries on to Kirriemuir, past the "plug" area, over the slues bridge where the water was really quite high and on to the second bridge. I had thought of turning round at this point, but we found that a new path had been put in place to allow us to go round to the other side of the loch. Hey, we were already wet so why not.

We still seemed to come across a lack of bird movement. A reed bunting could be heard as we headed towards the lilly pond. A couple of Buzzards, a parent and a youngster could be heard in the wooded area ahead, but we only saw the adult. Through the woods to a field at the other side, we decided to go along at the bottom of the field to an old barn, that can be seen from the gullery hide, on the other side. Now we started to hear some bird sounds..a whitethroat at last and some willow warblers.

After looking round for other birds, we headed off, back to the cars. We skirted round the woods and came across a pair of yellowhammers, reed buntings, great tits and willow warblers. Back on to the path and we stood for a good ten minutes watching willow warblers, long tailed tits, great and blue tits, and a garden warbler...a first for Delia.

We carried on back to the main part of the reserve and decided to look inat the east hide again to see if we could find the water rail. We weren't disappointed. People in the hide were busy watching some chicks, running in and out of the reeds. As we watched the mother came out and led the four chicks into the reeds. We only had to wait a few more minutes before the mother again came out to find her young and stayed out in the open preening, for a good five minutes. I had had brief glimpses of them in the reeds and flying between reed beds bfore today, but nothing compared to what we saw today. It was one of those WOW moments. We also had good views of reed bunting and sedge warblers.

It was back to the cars to get our lunch out, which we ate in the gullery hide. While eating lunch, Delia spotted the female marsh harrier along at the swamp end and was also first to spot the Osprey along at the swamp end. We were surprised that we hadn't seen more of the osprey.

It had been a good walk with lots to see, plenty of rain in the morning and almost sunshine in the afternoon.

Sorry Delia, but when you departed, i went and had some more good views of the water rail and also 3 osprey!!
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Photo of the water rail and chicks, from todays visit to kinnordy.
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Great report Darrell and a lovely picture there.

You forgot the raspberries

Those views we had of the Water Rail are the best I've ever had - superb. Never seen young ones before and hadn't thought they'd be all black.

I just knew you'd see more of the Ospreys once I'd left - they must have had some hungry youngsters by that time of day.

Thanks for the escort - a good day out, albeit a bit damp to start with.

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Next sundays walk will start at 9 o'clock and not at 11 o'clock as stated earlier.

Here are another couple of water rail pictures along with a couple taken last week.
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There is a Family Fun Day at Loch of Kinnordy on Sunday 5th August from 10am til 4pm. Pond Dipping, bug and insect hunting, games and guided walks...something for children and adults. Would be great to see you there.

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i visited kinnordy for half an hour today and headed for the east hide, in the 20+ years ive visited kinnordy ive only seen the water rail once an adult, i was only sitting for five mins (10.00am ish)when two chicks ran from the left to the right,i was actually happy with this encounter, about 2secs, then 7 mins later three chicks started moving in and out of the reeds,having not seen a rail chick i was thinking small black fluffy struggling to walk, but these birds have massive legs and can run very fast, one of them streched his legs for a min
http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...=IMG_5967b.jpg

then walked a little

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then sat down as if on a nest

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the mother appeared and seemed to chase them back into the reeds

http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...=IMG_5954b.jpg

http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d9...t=IMG_5995.jpg

the camera im using just now has video capability so i took a 17 sec avi of them,unfotunatly when i posted it on photobucket the video went all blocky anyone know how to post the video differently?

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Great pictures and the video is good. When Delia and i saw them on sunday, the mother stood at the right hand side of the reeds for a good 5 mins with the little ones round about. They are like black bumble bees on stilts!!

The warden is going to keep strimming that area so people can get good views of them.
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i visited kinnordy last friday and had a great time watching the osprey and the marsh harrier,coots,gulls,mallards etc but i never saw the water rail chics.We had the place to ourselves. i will definately be back again even after picking up a swollen hand and arm from a insect bite.
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Sunday 29th july

It was really sunny when i arrived at the reserve this morning and for the first time in weeks, when i got out of the car, i could have heard a pin drop!! No sound of black headed gulls and you could hear all the other birds singing instead.

A male blackcap was the first, followed by wren, robin and blackbird. As i got nearer to the gullery hide, i could hear the faint sound of a gull...lesser black back. There were a few black headed gulls around but not making any obtrusive noise. Weeks ago we had 500+ gulls here and today i counted 28.

On the water, i noticed the coot family were now feeding just the one chick, while the female chased a couple of young moorhens. There weren't alot of birds around at all. Tufted ducks, teal, wigeon, little grebe and mallards.

I decided to go along to the east hide to see if the water rail were still showing well. Great spotted w'pecker, chaffinch, great tit and crow were added to the list on the way. I only had to wait a few moments before a young water rail scampered across from one side to the other. The mother came out a few moments later along with another youngster and the other two soon followed them. They must have got fed up with all the photographs from last week cos they didn't hang around at all.

Back at gullery hide, as i sat down, an adult water rail flew across in front, and another flew backwards and forwards from the areas of bogbean over to the right. In all, i saw 5 adult birds...another day for water rail!!

The Ospreys came in to fish for a while along with a couple of herons, some common gulls, reed bunting, willow and sedge warblers and 8 buzzards.

At the swamp area, it too was really quiet. Mallards, tufted duck, coots and three lesser black backs were the only birds sighted here....i did see a curlew fly past too.
I went back to gullery just as 7 oystercatchers flew past and that was that. I was only at the reserve for a few hours today as i am off to Norfolk tonight for four days on my own!!

Next sunday is a family fun day at kinnordy. Pond dipping etc... 10am til 4pm!!
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You need to book in advance for the Family Fun Day event. I believe there will be 2 sessions, 10am and 2pm. Contact the warden at Loch.Kinnordy 'at' rspb.org.uk for more info / booking
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Hi Dormouse and a warm welcome to you from the Moderators and Admin.

Nice to see a new neighbour on the board.

Another thread you may be interested in is Tayside Birding

And keep an eye on the Scottish Bash Discussion Thread we have a few meetings during the year and you'd be welcome to join us if you can manage.

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The weather wasn't very kind to us today, especially when we were expecting a few people for the family fun day. In the end, the kids got to do pond dipping and hunting for bugs etc between the showers.

The sun was out when i arrived and as i walked towards the gullery hide, all i could hear was the squeeling sound of the water rail. There were 3 adults with 3 fairly new youngsters walking along at the front of the hide. I couldn't get any pictures because they were in amongst the reeds. Other birds present were teal, wigeon, coot, moorhen,juv little grebe, mallard and tufties.

I went along to the east hide and added wren, robin, coal, blue and great tits and a dunnock to the list. At east hide there were mute swans, coot, moorhen, lots of teal and wigeon. After a few moments a young water rail appeared...almost adult to look at, who was then followed by mum who stood in the sun to tidy up a little.

At the swamp hide there were mallards, teal and coot. A heron rose from the reeds on the far side and was soon being mobbed by a couple of black headed gulls. I only counted 28 black headed gulls today.

Back in gullery, a flock of 12 snipe did a fly past, split up and them came back in the opposite direction.

Other birds today included Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, reed bunting and willow warbler.

Due to me being at Barry Buddon next sunday, i will be doing a guided walk on saturday morning at 10am.

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Guided walk starts at 10am tomorrow morning. Meet in the carpark. Could weel be wet, so bring waterproofs etc.

6 Ospreys have been seen together at the loch this week along with Marsh Harrier, 15 Snipe and Lapwing. There are still 5 families of black headed gulls still to fledge and the Water Rail are still showing really well at both the Gullery and East hides.

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Today wasn't the best of days weather wise, but there were still plenty of birds around to make the day worth while. It started to rain just as i arrived at the reserve and continued until i departed at 3pm.

As i entered the gullery hide, the first bird to make its presence known was the water rail. There was an adult and two young chicks just below the window. The young were still fluffy and black with light coloured beaks. They eventually moved off to the side while a bluetit and sedge warbler looked for food among the reeds just above their heads. The water rail were to be heard and seen for most of the morning and early afternoon. Visitors who did venture out got good sightings of them.

Other birds from gullery included coot, moorhen, teal, wigeon, mute swan and a young robin.

I then went along to the swamp hide to find lots of mallard, coot, tufted duck and a pair of gadwall. There were also alot of rooks uyp in the pine trees where they usually breed. I hadn't seen any on the reserve for a few weeks and they only stayed around for a couple of hours and were off again. Off to the east hide i went and saw a young water rail which was a good deal older than the gullery family. Sadly, that one youngster, was the only active one and the warden thinks it is the only survivor from the original family of four. Lots of coot, wigeon, mallard, moorhen,teal, tufted ducks and a heron were also present.

This week at the reserve, alot of posts/perches have been added in front of all the hides. The one at the east hide is a large tree, coming out of the water at an angle and the hope is that the cormorants will use it as a resting place and then it should be easier to read their rings from the hide. There are three perches infront of the gullery hide. One each side, sticking out of the reed beds and one further out beside the floating vegetatian. The birds today were certainly taking advantage of them, especially the young black headed gulls of which there seem to be 5 remaining. At the swamp end, the branch is out front near the bog bean and it has already become a favourite perch for a kingfisher which stayed around at the swamp area for a good half hour this morning. The one day i forgot to bring my camera!!

The Ospreys were out in force again today with three fishing together early this afternoon. The female marsh harrier made a brief appearance as did some lapwing and 3 snipe.

I eventually took a walk along to the edge of the reserve to see what else was around but i didn't find anything unusual. A pair of treecreepers were chasing each other around the trees outside the gullery boardwalk and great tits, coal tits, chaffinches and wrens were added to my list during my walk. Three herons flew over head on my way back along with a buzzard. Common gulls, swallows, martins, willow warbler, reed bunting and oystercatchers were also on todays list.

All in all, it was a good day for seeing birds but not so good for walking around in the rain. Hopefully the weather will change for the visit to Barry Budden tomorrow, though i don't think the forecast is very good.

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