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22 Mar 2021 09:06 - 22 Mar 2021 09:14 #1020 by Gordon
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Hi, Just thought I’d let you know that I have had a nuthatch visiting my sunflower hearts on a daily basis. Never seen them here before - obviously the weather.  Dot Meredith
 

 
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22 Mar 2021 09:15 #1021 by Gordon
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Thanks Gordon for the picture and recording. Now we will all be able to recognise the first Nuthatch if one appears in Abernyte! As far as we know a Nuthatch has never been sighted in Abernyte (someone may know differnt though) but they have now been seen in Knapp more than once and also in Fingask area. Keep an eye out for them. When one appears we can truly be excited as it is likely they have never been in Abernyte before, even in the historical past. The first breeding record of Nuthatch in Scotland was in the Borders in 1989 and since then they have been spreading rapidly.

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22 Mar 2021 09:15 #1022 by Gordon
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Dot from Knapp told us last week “Hi, Just thought I’d let you know that I have had a nuthatch visiting my sunflower hearts on a daily basis. Never seen them here before - obviously the weather & lack of food has prompted them to seek sustenance that’s easily available to them. Poor all birds just now!! It’s a busy job keeping up filling feeders on a daily basis".

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22 Mar 2021 09:15 #1023 by Gordon
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Diana at Hillhouse was interested to see 3 Robins together in her garden. Usually Robins are territorial and do not tolerate each other at all, except in the breeding season. However it seems likely that the hard weather has brought them together at feeding stations and they are putting up with each other in an attempt to get food and conserve energy. She was also surprised to see a Pied Wagtail which has not been around since nesting last summer. Barry has been putting out fcrumbled fat balls for the small insectivorous birds like Robin and Wren which cannot reach the feeders. We also had a Goldcrest coming to our feeders during the snowy period.

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22 Mar 2021 09:16 #1024 by Gordon
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First Red Kite sighting for 2021. I have just been talking to Iona who was watching a Red Kite feeding on road kill on the B953 just west of the road to the Ford this morning. OS Grid square NO2332.

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22 Mar 2021 09:16 #1025 by Gordon
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..and to double up on that, a message sent via the website site from a couple from Liff who were walking at Tulloch Ard and Pitmiddle on Sunday also reported seeing a Red Kite in that area.
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