Sightings for June 2011

June 5th 2011

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly at Kylestrome 2nd June (Andy Summers).

Osprey seen along River Inver 2nd June (reported).

A pair of Long-tailed Ducks at Culkein Stoer 2nd June (Mike and Kate Young).

Grasshopper Warblers singing at Culkein Drumbeg and Loch Poll track 5th June (David & Avril Haines).

1st summer Ring-billed Gull at Achmelvich 6th June (Simon Cohen).

19 Eider Ducks (1 male, 6 females and 12 ducklings) at oldany 6th June (David & Avril Haines).

23 Long-tailed Tits at Oldany 6th June (David & Avril Haines).

Minke Whale in Clachtoll Bat 6th June (Alan Grieveson).

1 Great-northern Diver at Culkein stoer 7th June (David & Avril Haines).

14 Manx Shearwaters flying past Clachtoll 8th June (David & Avril Haines).

15 Red-breasted Mergansers (4m & 11f) and one Whimbrel at Clachtoll 8th June (David & Avril Haines).

An unusual albino Kittiwake at Dubha Dunain 8th June (David Haines).

2 Golden Eagles flying over Inchnadamph 8th June (Reported).

Eider with ten chicks Clachtoll 10th June (Reported).

Adult Goldfinch with two juveniles at Culkein Dumbeg  11th June (David & Avril Haines) – possibly first proof of breeding in Assynt.

2 Minke Whales and 6 Common Dolphins seen at Clachtoll 11th June (Reported).

100+ Common Terns bring food to offshore islands at Culkein Drumbeg 12 June (David & Avril Haines).

2 recently fledged Tawny Owls at Strathan 13th June (Debbie Maris).

3 fledged Grey Herons near Assynt Leisure 14th June (Jane Young).

30+ Collard Doves at Inver Park 13th June (Andy Summers).

Osprey near Glencanisp 14th June (David & Avril Haines).

20 Starlings (included 10 juv) Culkein Drumbeg, 15th June (David & Avril Haines).

Minke Whale seen three times at Stoer Lighthouse 16th June (Reported).

2 Harbour Porpoises and baby in Clashnessie bay 16th June (Andy Summers).

Whinchat Drumbeg Peat Road 16th June (Andy Summers).

2 Harbour Porpoises off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 2 off Culkein Bayand 4 off Rubh‘an Dunainon 16th June (David & Avril Haines).

 Stoat family with 5+ young at Clachtoll 17th June (Roz Summers).

Red Kite at Cul Mor 17th June (Reported).

Merlin nest with five chicks near Kylesku 17th June (Andy Summers).

4 Great-northern Divers in Stoer bay 18th June  (David & Avril Haines).

Ring-billed Gull at Clachtoll campsite 18th June (Helen Oakes).

First Small Heath Butterfly at Bone Caves 18th June (Andy Summers).

7 Twite (2 adult 5 juv) Culkein Drumbeg 18th June (David & Avril Haines).

200+ Common Dolphins coming through Clachtoll Bay 19th and again 20th June (Ishbel Galway).

2 Juvenile Peregrine Falcons on Stoer cliffs 20th June (David & Avril Haines).

Otter with three cubs in Lochinver bay 20th June (Christine Henderson).

Canada Goose in Lochinver Bay 20th June (Gwen Richards).

First Common Blue Butterfly and Meadow Brown Butterfly on Glencanisp road 23rd June (Andy Summers).

Pair of Spotted Flycatchers near Glencanisp Lodge 23rd June (David & Avril Haines).

c80 Common Dolphins from Clachtoll 24th June  (David & Avril Haines).

Otter catches and drowns Razorbill Culkein Stoer 24th June  (David & Avril Haines).

Redshank and Lapwing chicks at Clachtoll 27th June (David & Avril Haines).

15+ House Martin nests at Assynt Ldge, Inchnadamph 27th June (Chris Rix).

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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

single animal off Bay of Stoer and two off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH) (25/08)

Sanderling

single adult and two juvenile birds, Bay of Stoer (DAH) (25/08)

Red-throated Diver

six adult birds Bay of Stoer (DAH) (25/08)

Sanderling

10 birds Bay of Culkein (Paul Burnett) (23/08)

Whimbrel

15 birds Culkein Stoer (Paul Burnett) (23/08)

Shag

10 juvenile birds on rocks Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (23/08)

Harbour Porpoise

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

Common Dolphin

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

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