News archive

April 2020

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Fire at Errol reed beds

Fire at Errol reed beds

A major fire broke out on the reed beds at Errol. The area is a wonderful place for birders with breeding bearded tits and marsh harriers in particular but also water rails, a variety of warblers (including reed warbler) and other song birds. The fire lasted several hours and spread from Errol along towards Port Allan. Thankfully the wind was blowing onto shore so it did not travel further along the reeds. We will have to wait and see how long the re-generation process takes.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Yellow wagtail

Yellow wagtail

On 20 April a yellow wagtail was spotted on Carnoutie golf course (alon with 2 wheatears).

Monday, 20 April 2020

Another white-tailed eagle

Another white-tailed eagle

One of our members saw a mature white-tailed eagle flying over his garden in the west end of Dundee at the weekend and managed to take this photo.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

And now the swallows

And now the swallows

The first swallow seen by one of our members yesterday (8th April) was in Monifieth, none here in the Carse of Gowrie yet but there is also a report of house martins in Wormit on the same day.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Sandmartins

Sandmartins

Graham is the first to report the return of sandmartins -along the Dighty and at Monikie Park. They always make think that summer is round the corner.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Butterflies!

Butterflies!

A comma butterfly was seen yesterday by the Dighty Burn. I've also had increasing numbers of peacock and tortoiseshells in my garden plus a brimstone moth.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Marsh harrier

Marsh harrier

A female marsh harrier has been spotted twice this week flying over wet scrubland in the Kilspindie area of Carse of Gowrie. It was likely to be heading for the Tay reed beds where several pairs are known to nest.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

The butterflies are out

The butterflies are out

This beautiful peacock butterfly is the first to appear in my garden this spring. The bees have been around for a week or to though. Hopefully it will be the first of many.