Sightings for March 2011

April 8th 2011

White-tailed Sea Eagle at Culkein Stoer on 3rd March (Val Switalski).

Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming at Glencanisp lodge 4th March (Stuart Belshaw).

First Pied Wagtail at Clachtoll 4th March (Andy Summers).

First Lapwings to return to Clachtoll 5th March (Andy Summers).

First Eider Ducks in Lochinver Bay 9th March (Andy Summers).

Pair of Black-throated Divers displaying on Loch Assynt 10th March.

First Queen White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) at Clachtoll 16th March (Fingal Summers).

Pair of Golden Eagles at Brackloch 17th March (Doug Mainland).

Otter at Church of Scotland, Lochinver 19th March (Andy Summers).

Osprey at Torbreck 20th March (Gwen Richards)

32 Twite at Clachtoll 25th March (Andy Summers).

First Wheatear seen on Stoer Peat Road 26th March (Claire Belshaw).

First Common Sandpiper at Loch Assynt 26th March (Helen Morrison)

Ravens feeding young at nest Caldha burn, Inchnadamph 27th March (Andy Summers).

41 Whooper Swans flying over Clachtoll 28th March (Andy Summers).

6 Bullfinches at the Glac, Lochinver 28th March (Andy Summers).

20 Redwing at Inchnadamph 28th March (Helen Morrison).

Meadow Pipits singing at Loch Assynt side 28th March (Andy Summers).

First Black-headed Gull Lochinver bay 31st march (Andy Summers).

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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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