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Old Friday 6th April 2007, 21:08   #51
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Great report Steve.I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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Inspired by Steve's report, myself - along with my parents - headed up to the same area. The day's totals included:

Red Kite - 2 just north of Gilmerton on the way out and 3 on the way back
Black Grouse - 1 male just north of Gilmerton
Osprey - ditto
Red Grouse - 1 seen and a few heard in Glen Quaich
Swallow - 1 in the Sma Glen, my first of the year
Wheatear - at least 4 in Glen Almond
Dipper - 1 on River Almond

Also Stonechat, Grey Wag, Kestrel, Buzzards. No sign of any SE Owls, Hen Harrier or Ring Ouzel: the strong wind probably didn't help matters.

Also just avoided running over a red squirrel in Pitmedden Forest on the return journey.

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It was a bit windy today, wasn't it!

I went to Kinnordy via the pylon - no sign of the Osprey there, but someone said one had been seen.

Quick glimpse of a Sand Martin near Airlie Castle - that's my first of the year.

No sign of Whoopers for me, but Mike counted 18 this morning.

Buzzards all over the place! LOL

Everything else as expected was present. The Squirrels seem to have been busy feeding judging by the number of pine cones that have been eaten.

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Old Sunday 15th April 2007, 20:09   #54
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I was reminded recently of Monk's Myre and realised it was an awful long time since my only visit there - right on my doorstep too!

Anyone who's not been it is a fishing water surrounded by reed beds,trees and farmland. Plenty of Yellowhammers, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits about. With about half a dozen Lapwings on the set-aside. I soon found the target bird - Willow Warbler (first of the year for me).

I'd only been there 5 minutes when an Osprey came exploring. It didn't attempt a catch though.

Loads of Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Teal and a pair of Gadwall. Two Whooper and four Mute Swans. I could hear Little Grebe calling but didn't manage to see them.

I disturbed a Common Snipe and a Sparrowhawk flew over.

Just one House Martin seen.

What with the usual Chaffinches, Linnets, Blue and Great Tits etc not a bad list for a couple of hours.

And oh boy it was hot!

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Old Sunday 15th April 2007, 23:25   #55
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Forgot to upload a photograph - just a general view

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Old Monday 16th April 2007, 20:47   #56
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Angry

headed to kinnordy today on the way noticed the ospreys at the pylon are back http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/...cat/500/page/1

forgot my converter so went home returned and they had gone,
kinnordy produced a feeding osprey twice while i was there
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only a small perch was caught hardly seems the bother considering the siz\e of these birds,
four whooper swans landed while i was in the east hide, two adults plus two juvs, on the way to the feeders i thought i spotted a treecreeper turned out to be a wren acting like a treecreeper, a couple of oystercatchers plus lapwing /redshank are still in front of the gullery hide, the leaves on the trees are growing so its getting harder to spot the smaller birds but there was plenty chaffinch/great tit/blue tit around, never seen any coal tits at kinnordy but seen two at the sidlaws near dundee along with three bullfinches and four stone chats ,loads oif buz\z\ards on the way to kinnordy when are the red kites going to start to be common up here?
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Old Monday 16th April 2007, 21:12   #57
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I seem to keep missing you kawwauser - I was at Kinnordy today as well but you must have left before I got there.

I'd heard the Ospreys were back on the pylon but didn't have time to go today. Great pics you've got there (as usual).

Only Mute Swans were visible for me this evening. I think the Oystercatchers were away feeding because they came back in good numbers later on. Plenty of Swallows and Sand Martins high up

Ah! Red Kites; they're closing in on us now - it surely can't be long

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Old Saturday 21st April 2007, 14:36   #58
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I dropped into Balgavies Loch after work today and had an Osprey come and land on the island. Lots of Willow Warblers singing. Looks like the Long tailed Duck there might have moved on. Lots of Sand Martins c60+ and a handfull of Swallows c20+. An escaped Budggie was apparently seen from the hide too.

Whilst at work I had a male Pereg fly over the farmland. Good numbers of Yellowhammers singing plus some Tree Sparrows and Willow Warblers.
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Another visit to Kinnordy this evening.

Loads of Buzzards around - at least 5 in the air at once. Whilst I was watching these another couple saw some Black Tailed Godwits fly in so they set off to the Swamp Hide to see if they could get a better view.

Then another dozen came in. I set off to the Swamp Hide myself meeting the other couple on the way who said they couldn't be seen from there; but thought I may as well see what was about anyway and added Heron and Shoveler to my list.

On my way home I stopped at the far end of the reserve and there they were 27 of them in magnificent summer plumage, right beside the road. I managed a couple of pictures before they were spooked by something - which appeared to be a Red Legged Partridge as I couldn't find anything else to set them off. However, they only flew round a couple of times then landed back in the longer grass.

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Old Thursday 26th April 2007, 20:33   #60
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Good birds Delia. There have been good numbers passing through Fife -both coastal & inland in the last 10 days (there were 33 @ Vane Farm on Sunday).
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Good birds Delia. There have been good numbers passing through Fife -both coastal & inland in the last 10 days (there were 33 @ Vane Farm on Sunday).
Yeah, I think it's the first time I've seen them inland and at this time of year, so I was a happy bunny!

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I had to go into Perth this morning and thought I'd come back via Airntully (beside Stanley). Haven't been on that road for years

The first bird I saw was a Yellowhammer, the first of 4. Skylarks seemed to be singing along the whole length of the road. House Sparrows in the village, then Song Thrush, Linnets and Goldfinch.

Also Lapwing, Oystercatchers and Common Gulls in the fields.

Shot down to Murthly (Willow Warbler by the school) then took the Kinclaven road from there.

More Goldfinch, Wren, Linnet and Great Tits. Four Buzzards flying together.

Court Hill, at Ballathie, is now a nature reserve and I saw one nest box but nothing using it while I watched. The hole was at least as big as a tennis ball - any ideas anyone? It's a lovely wooded area and looks very promising.

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I took a drive up from Bridge of Allan to Carsebreck today. On my own for once, because Herself was at a Training Day. After negotiating the usual flock of mad sheep, I saw dozens of Sand Martins over Rhynd Loch. Further on there was a female Reed Bunting. These were the highlights, new entries for my year list. There were also Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Tufted Duck and skeins of Pink-footed Geese. I felt there were some interesting birds on Carsebreck Loch, but I wasn't able to make them out with my little 6x binoculars.

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Hi Michael and thanks - it's good to hear what's around in the south of the County. I haven't seen Pinkfoot for a couple of weeks now.

I know Carsebreck, but whereabouts is Rhynd Loch?

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...it's good to hear what's around in the south of the County.
Thanks, Delia. We're often in the south of Perthshire (and Fife), so I'll maybe pop in again sometimes—now that I know you're here. I suppose I should start a thread for Stirlingshire.

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I know Carsebreck, but whereabouts is Rhynd Loch?
The first loch on the walk is called Rhynd Loch. I only know because I always check up names before entering them into The List.

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Thanks, Delia. We're often in the south of Perthshire (and Fife), so I'll maybe pop in again sometimes—now that I know you're here. I suppose I should start a thread for Stirlingshire.
That would be superb if you would Michael, I'm sure there's far more than me interested in what's happening there.

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LOL when I said I knew it I knew where it was but I didn't know the names of the lochs there. I've passed them on the A9 many times and thought they should be worth a look.

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I've passed them on the A9 many times and thought they should be worth a look.
They really are. But I originally got the two lochs mixed up and Rhynded when I should have Carsebrecked and vice versa. I've corrected the above posts to try to minimise confusion. My apologies.

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I had my first Whinchat on a farm just outside Edinburgh. Going to drop into Vane farm to see if the Lesser scaup is still around.
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Hi Ade

I've been looking for Winchat on my patch for the last week - so here's hoping they turn up next.

Didn't know about the Lesser Scaup hmm.... er... maybe. The one at Caerlaverock kept diving so it was rather difficult to actually see it in amongst a hundred Tufties.

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LOL when I said I knew it I knew where it was but I didn't know the names of the lochs there. I've passed them on the A9 many times and thought they should be worth a look.

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I went to Carsebreck yesterday and saw Redhead Smew, Drake Garganey, White Wagtail, Common Sandpiper plus loads of other Ducks, Gulls and there must have been at least 1500 pinkies to the east.
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had my first visit of the year to arbroath cliffs today, i dropped my camera last week and have been working non stop to get the money to get it repaired, seems like i picked the best day, non stop sunshine plus a coastal walk is my favourite combination, between arbroath and auchmithie i had 7 skylarks, 1 heron, 7 stonechats, 5 meadow pipits, four yellowhammer, 2 house martin, 17 gannets, 13 eiders, 18 shags, 12 sitting fulmars, there were many more flying, 2 great blacked gulls, countless herring gulls /guilemots/raz\orbills/ kittiwakes but no puffins, or any kestrels which is unusual, i also saw my first dead whale (warning graphic)

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not sure what type it was, i climbed down for a closer look but the stench was unbelievable ,i never spotted a single fulmar chick last year so i will be looking out this year
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I met up with BFer Jimmorris starting at Loch of the Lowes.

Mrs Osprey was hunkered down in the nest, just head visible sometimes. The loch itself was very quiet with just a few Mallard, Goldeneye and a pair of Great Crested Grebes showing. Three Buzzards were enjoying the thermals over Butterstone Glen.

Wrens, Chaffinch and Willow Warblers were very vocal. A single female Siskin joined the party at the feeders, along with a Red Squirrel.

As we left the hide I could hear a Cuckoo calling (my first for the year).

On then to Rumbling Bridge, but the hoped for Grey Wagtails were not seen (nor were they at any likely spot during the day). Continuing on the back road to Trochry, we came across a flock of half a dozen or so Linnets and plenty of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Oystercatchers, Lapwings and Curlew. These were all seen in good numbers throughout the drive.

The bridge at Trochy failed, for the first time, to produce a Dipper, couldn't believe it! And failed to see one anywhere today. Though Jim had seen one beside the campsite at Inver.

The first Swallow was seen at Trochry, shortly after House Martins, and driving towards Amulree the first of two Kestrels for the day. There's a lay-by before dropping down into Amulree (watch the enormous pot hole as you enter it), so we stopped there for a while scoping the skyline for raptors but surprisingly none were see at all.

Through Glen Quaich (seems a popular run this year LOL) we picked up the first of many Wheatear, more Wrens singing in the heather and Jim found his first (of 2) Red Grouse, the first of two Stonechat was seen here as well

Loch Freuchie held Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Greylag and Canada Geese. Here we also saw the only 2 Redshank of the trip.

Climbing up the hill and stopping at every available place we completely failed to find any Ring Ousel. At the small fishing loch we had some Ravens in the distance. Heard, then saw 2 Sandpipers here too (another year tick for me).

A female House Sparrow at Kenmore then a nice flock of Siskins in Glen Cochil with a Little Grebe on Loch na Craig.

A grand day really.

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Work took me to Blair Atholl yesterday. What a hardship to have to drive up Deeside, over the Cairnwell, down Glenshee and over the Moulin moor in glorious sunshine without a cloud in sight, and get my mileage paid for! Upper Glenshee, between the ski centre and the Spital was particularly busy with birds - Curlews, Lapwings and Oystercatchers displaying over the grassy flats by the burn, wheatears and meadow pipits flying up from the roadside, several roadside red grouse and two roadside Ring Ouzels.
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Rather too windy to go up the hill today so, as promised, I went to check out the nature reserve at Kinclaven.

A really beautiful walk through the bluebells. The wood is mosly Oak with some Beech and a fringing of Spruce at one end.

As to the birds, well I really found it rather disappointing. Now whether this was due to the time of day 1.30 to 4pm, the wind or maybe a bit too early in the year??? But there really was hardly anything to either see or hear.

The only good 'spot' I had was a very brief back-end view of a Jay.

So... Chaffinch, Blue,Great and Coal Tits, Wren and Treecreeper (heard).

Another thought was that perhaps the lack of water in there may be the problem - there is no water source at all.

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I took advantage of a lunch appointment in Perth to go and revisit some of my old haunts in Kintillo, where we first had a home of our own. I even passed our old house, in fact. The front garden that I spent so much time and sweat on, has been completely covered over with gravel.

Anyway, the area was as pleasant as I remembered it, with the bonus that I know a lot more about what I'm seeing than I did back then. Well, it wouldn't be hard. And what a co-operative lot of birds! None of that disappearing into thin air the instant you raise your binoculars. There was any number of Yellowhammers, a pair of Willow Warblers, quite a few male Bullfinches (or a single one that kept following me), including a long view of one feeding on dandelion seeds. Ptui!

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