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Birding at Loch of Kinnordy

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Old Friday 18th August 2017, 10:32   #1376
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Visited Kinnordy yesterday for the first time in ages. It was pretty quiet, but a female Marsh Harrier put in an appearance from the swamp hide, hunting over a cereal field beyond the loch. It had a green wing tag on the right wing and I wondered if this meant it was one of the local birds or a different bird passing through? The female in Delia's photo from April does not have a green wing tag and I am fairly sure the bird I saw was an adult as it had missing flight feathers.
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How interesting, and well spotted too Paul.

I wonder if we can find out what's going on there?
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Old Friday 18th August 2017, 11:41   #1378
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Could it be one of these?
http://hawkandowl.org/our-work/resea...een-wing-tags/
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The tag looked that sort of colour but was only on the right wing. I couldn't see any tag at all on the left wing.
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Just back from a visit to Kinnordy.

I didn't get a picture of my two stars.... Little Grebe, who wouldn't really play ball by coming out into the open. And both Marsh Harriers have arrived. Gave some lovely hunting views, but a bit distant for my wee camera.

An Osprey was seen the other day, but I didn't spot one on this visit.
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Old Friday 6th April 2018, 17:48   #1381
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A very pleasant couple of hours at Kinnordy this afternoon. Plenty of activity: Pair of Marsh Harriers quartering; Pair of Red Kite; Osprey; Sparrowhawk; and my first Sand Martins of the year. Still rather chilly but the birds are telling us its spring.
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Amazing what you can find out when you go to the dentist!

Some smooth newts were found recently at Kinnordy. Apparently they're very rare in this part of Scotland.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news...kinnordy-fens/
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Old Sunday 13th May 2018, 18:50   #1383
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Had a pleasant visit to Kinnordy this afternoon, and got my best pictures yet of a Marsh Harrier when he came across the water.

I'm rather at a loss to understand why the perspex sides have been removed from the raft?

I was really surprised not to see any Swallows or Martins around. So far I've only seen two Swallows in the town here. And there weren't many ducks in view at all. Plenty of Greylag.

On my way home I went via the Sand Martin bank at Lintrathen and was pleased to see quite a number flying around.

The only sour note, despite a notice in the car park, spotted a guy with a couple of tots and a dog off lead. He did put him back on when I asked him too, but wasn't too happy about it. Guess he'll have removed it once I was out of sight.
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Please note the reserve is closed after a body of a man was found at the reserve early this morning. Not sure when it will reopen but just passing on the info
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Oh dear!! How sad.

Thanks for letting us know Nicola.
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Been at Kinnordy the last 3 weekends. The first time there was hardly anything to be seen as it was the day after a shoot.

Last week a few more birds in evidence but not much came close to the hide. Just the usual few Mallards and Mute Swans really.

What a difference this week though. With not just Mute Swans but Whoopers back in some numbers and hundreds of Greylag Geese now arrived too. A lovely Goosander came in to the bay by the hide, also a Cormorant.

It appears the Bittern is back and a Bearded Tit reported too.

Such a shame the feeders don't seem to be getting filled regularly - all empty today!

On my way there, up on the Kaims of Airlie road, spotted my first Red Kite for quite a while. Nice start to the day that!
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 14:13   #1387
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I don't visit Kinnordy as much as I should do, but will be going a bit more once it starts to warm up a bit, a great place to see birds and also mammals like Otters and even Beaver(I am yet to see one).
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4767/...e607d534_c.jpg
This Gadwall is not rare, but unusual round here.
This hen Pheasant was creeping around in the undergrowth near the East Hide
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4914/...01af7b78_c.jpg

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I was there on Sunday and the whoopers were out in force, as well as some goldeneye. Beavers had been busy.
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Lots of action from the Marsh Harriers and Ospreys today.

Tree Sparrows and Woodpeckers at the feeding station, fortunately the feeders were filled!!

On my way home saw a Red Kite, the seem to be becoming a more regular sighting now!!!
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A good raptor session at Kinnorday today with action from both Marsh Harriers, Osprey and Red Kite.

Male Garganey also present.... just gone to the west end I was told on arrival. Typical. Later Bob McC set off to the Swamp Hide to try and find it again. Only for Gus to appear and see it snoozing on the bog bean in front of us!!! Ooops! LOL

Returned via Lintrathen and got Sand Martins and Great Crested Grebe for my year list too.
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Sitting in the hide yesterday, two male Orange-tipped Butterflies flew past. A lifer for me!!

A bit quieter than last week maybe... but still plenty of action, especially from the Marsh Harrier and a couple of Ospreys.
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Sitting in the hide yesterday, two male Orange-tipped Butterflies flew past. A lifer for me!!

A bit quieter than last week maybe... but still plenty of action, especially from the Marsh Harrier and a couple of Ospreys.
Still a Ruff at the loch Delia, also Blackcaps and Sedge Warblers singing away this morning.
There are a couple of Brambling lingering as well as a Whooper Swan.
Also had an Otter hunting under the bogbean again.
Last night there were around 500 plus Sand Martins feeding low above the water, great to watch.
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Iceland Gull at the loch tonight, my first one of the year. Feeding in a potato field next to the loch and dropping in to wash and preen.
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Mmmmm. Nice one Gus. And a super picture that too.

It's a long time since I've seen one of these guys.
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Something appears to have happened to the Marsh Harrier nest. They seem to be building another somewhere nearer to the Swamp Hide area. Never saw the female today.

Things were rather quiet on the water with only a couple or three Mallards, a Coot or two and Moorhen. Half a dozen swans and a single Redshank.
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