Sightings for February 2011

March 2nd 2011

Tawny Owl near cattle grid at Drumbeg on 9th February (Derek Spenser)

Minimum 31 Common Seals at Culkein Drumbeg/Oldany 10th February (Andy Summers)

Barn Owl at Inchnadamph on 11th February (Derek Spenser)

Pair of  Shelduck at Culkein Drumbeg 13th February (David Haines)

1 male Wigeon at Culkein Drumbeg 13th February (David Haines)

4 Eider ducks (3 males) at Rubh’an Dunain 14th February (David Haines)

35 Barnacle Geese flying over Clasnessie 14th February (David Haines)

180 Fulmar on Cliffs east of Stoer Point 14th February (David Haines)

7 Purple Sandpipers at Culkein Bay  14th February (David Haines)

17 Turnstones at Culkein Bay  14th February (David Haines)

Pair of Black-throated Divers on small loch on Aeroplane Flats 15th February (Peter MacGregor).

1 Knot at Culkein Stoer 18th february (David Haines)

6 Great Northern Divers from Culkein Bay to west of Rubh’an Dunain 18th February (David Haines)

First reported Palmate Newt at Loch Drumbeg 19th February (David Haines

21 Curlew at Clachtoll 21st February (Andy Summers)

First Frog spawn reported at Drumbeg 21st February (Teresa Weinburg)

Mass movement of Toads starting Loch an Ordain (Andy Summers)

9 pairs of Mallards at Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer 22nd February (Andy Summers).

13 Red-breasted Mergansers in Lochinver Bay 25th February (Andy Summers).

Pair of Black-throated Divers on breeding loch 28th February (Brian Scott).

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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

three off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Common Dolphin

15+ north-west of Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Goldfinch

22 Culkein Stoer and 14 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (18/08)

Waders on Migration

Dunlin 7; Sanderling 1; Ringed Plover 42; Redshank (juveniles) 2; Oystercatcher 49; Turnstone 3; Curlew 8 and Whimbrel 1, all Bay of Culkein/Culkein Stoer (DAH) (18/08)

Merlin

single bird near Clashnessie (DAH) (18/08)

Goldeneye

single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (11/08)

White-tailed Eagle

immature bird off Kirkaig Point (Adrian Stabler) (08/08)

Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata)

single beetle foraging, Culkein Stoer (DAH). This appears to be only the third record of this species for Assynt, the last being in 2008 near Inchnadamph. It is probably very under recorded. Photos Gallery - Beetles (08/08)

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