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

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Pink-footed Goose

single skein of c130 birds heading south-east over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Otter

single animal crossing road at Culag River bridge, Lochinver (DAH) (14/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)

Redwing

c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)

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