Sightings for August 2011

September 22nd 2011

3 Harbour Porpoises seen from Stoer Lighthouse 6th Aug (Andy Summers).

Single Basking Shark seen off Raffin 7th Aug (reported).

7 Whimbrel at Clachtoll 13th Aug (Andy Summers).

Sunfish seen from Clachtoll c10th Aug (Jim Galway).

100+ Starlings and c70 House Sparrows at Clachtoll 13th Aug (Andy Summers).

Juvenile Peregrine at Stronchubie cliffs 15th Aug (John).

Slow worm on Glencanisp loop path 18th Aug (Reported).

Minke Whale comes into Loch Glencoul 19th Aug (Reported).

First late summer flock of 25 Twite at Clachtoll 19th Aug (Andy Summers).

Juvenile Peregrine at Raffin 20th August (Andy Summers)

Large female Adder (30-40cm) killed on road at Drumbeg 22nd Aug (Marianne Simpson). 

6-7 Killer Whales (Orcas) seen off Stoer lighthouse 23rd Aug (Leigh).

Red Kite at Inchnadamph 25th Aug (Reported).

Mountain Hare on slopes of Cul Beg 25th Aug (Derek Spenser).

Minke whale seen off Stoer lighthouse 25th Aug (Leigh).

3 juvenile Bullfinches at Little Assynt path 28th August (reported).

Peacock Butterfly in garden at Clachtoll 28th August (Andy Summers).

Pine Marten crossing road near little Assynt on 28th Aug (Reported).

White-tailed Sea Eagle seen from Glencanisp 29th August (Reported).  

Female Wigeon at Loch na Claise 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

3 Teal Loch na Claise 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

4 Sanderling at Culkein Stoer 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

Merlin in Culkein bay 29th Aug as well as a single Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skuas (David & Avril Haines).

2 Sand Martins around Loch na Claise 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

59 Starlings at Balchladdich 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

Otter seen in Balcladdich bay 29th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

Single Willow Warbler at Culkein Drumbeg 30th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

20+ Twite at Culkein Drumbeg 30th Aug (David & Avril Haines).

51 Common Seals at Oldany Estuary 30th Aug  (David & Avril Haines).

16 Eider Ducks in Stoer bay 31st Aug (David & Avril Haines).

Great Northern Diver in Clachtoll bay 31st Aug (David & Avril Haines).

30+ Meadow Pipits at Culkein D rumbeg 31st Aug (David & Avril Haines).

Stoat playing with dead mouse at Clachtoll 31st Aug (David & Avril Haines).

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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)


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)


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


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)