News archive

November 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

Nuthatch on branch


In the earlier part of the year a pair of Sea Eagles were regularly seen in the Lintrathen/Backwater Dam area and a Bittern overwintered at Kinnordy. In April a drake Garganey showed well at Kinnordy and a surprise visitor to a garden at Finavon was a Nuthatch. Hopefully the northern spread of this delightful bird will continue and in the near future they will become more common. In early May an influx of Wood Sandpipers delighted many observers and was followed up, later in the month, with many calling Quail. Loch of Kinnordy had it's first successful breeding of Marsh Harriers and during the summer months a visit of a Great White Egret to the same reserve and 3 Spoonbills to Montrose Basin kept the bird interest going. The Spoonbills stayed at the Basin for over 6 weeks! Autumn didn't disappoint with larger than normal numbers of Little Stints and Curlew Sandpipers and a real rarity on the 27th October - a Dusky Warbler. This bird was found in Cliffburn Gully, Arbroath and was surprisingly joined by another Dusky. They stayed 6 days! Winter geese are always a feature of the Angus bird life. Pink-footed Geese peaked at 63,000 at Montrose in October and the were unprecedented numbers of Whitefronted and Bean Geese reported during November.
Our local group has had a good year with stalls at the Dundee Flower Show and Broughty Ferry Seafest. Sales of pinbadges and tombola tickets were excellent at these events. In November many members of the public visited Broughty Ferry Library to see the 'Feathers on the Forth' display. A Sea Eagle Sculpture designed by Art College students is to be built on the shore front in Broughty Ferry next year and the public were asked for their ideas and opinions on this and the Sea Eagle release scheme.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Cup of tea


We are a lively and friendly group who are always looking for new members.
If you are interested in watching and protecting birds and would like to be part of the local group please let us know as we would love you to join us. Similarly, if you would like to help further, the Group is always looking for volunteers to assist whether it be helping prepare for evening meetings, serving refreshments, joining the committee, fund raising, helping at outdoor events or doing voluntary work on local reserves.

Contact - Graham Smith - Tel:01382 532461

Friday, 25 November 2011

Female great tit


If birds are found and are injured then contact the RSPCA. If young birds or fledglings are found and are thought to be uninjured then their best chance of survival is to be left where adult birds can find them and bring them food.
The Shanwell Wildlife Rescue Trust in Dundee (Tel 07849184354) may be able to take in injured wildlife.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Young man looking through binoculars


A re-introduction project designed to bring back breeding red kites to NE Scotland was set up by the RSPB, supported by SNH and the Aberdeen Countryside Project. With the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Stewart Milne group 30 red kites have been released annually over a 3 year period on private land on the outskirts of Aberdeen. A feeding station was to be set up in the autumn to allow the public to view the birds. With the successful release scheme at Argaty Farm near Doune both Angus and Perthshire should eventually see these spectacular birds of prey on a regular basis.

Friday, 25 November 2011

View of edge of plantation, Corrimony RSPB reserve


Last year 15 juvenile sea eagles from Norway were first released on July 22nd 2007 in the North Fife area.They met with mixed fortunes with 3 dying, 2 through coming into contact with pylons and the other being unlawfully killed. The others became surprisingly difficult to see. Several were reported in the Upper Forth/ Stirlingshire area, in Perthshire, in south Aberdeenshire and was even seen on Mull.
This year another 15 birds were released in August and there have already been several sightings in the Angus area. These birds are not too difficult to identify because of their great size, huge bill and wedge shaped tail.
By 2011 over 100 of these birds have been released. Hopefully 2012 will see the first attempt at breeding. These birds are surprisingly difficult to see as they spend long periods of time sitting on fields or on crags doing nothing. During winter 2009/10 up to 8 birds overwintered around Pole Hill in Perthshire (near Glendoig Garden Centre). In 2010/11 a pair were regularly seen in the area betweenLoch of Lintrathen and Backwater Dam.