Sightings for September 2011

September 22nd 2011

12 Killer Whales (Orcas) off Stoer lighthouse 1st Sept (David Haines).

 Minke Whale and calf off Stoer lighthouse 3rd Sept (Andy Summers).

c12 Killer Whales (Orcas) off Clashnessie heading north 4th Sept (David Haines).

8-10 Common Dolphins feeding in Clashnessie bay 4th Sept (Andy Summers).

Chiffchaff singing at Culkein Drumbeg 4th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

White-tailed Sea Eagle flew over Lochinver 7th Sept (Mark Snowden).

43 Ringed Plover at Culkein Stoer 10th Sept (Andy Summers).

60 Collared Doves around Inver Park 10th Sept (Andy Summers).

Greenland race of Wheatear at Culkein Stoer 10th Sept (Andy Summers) still there on the 15th Sept (David Haines).

6 Teal at Oldany Estuary 12th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

Gales brought in 92 Great Black-backed Gulls to Oldany Esturay 12th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

6 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines). A single one stayed to 15th Sept. (A first record for Assynt)

3 Ruff at Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines). A single one stayed to 15th Sept. (Another first for Assynt)

4 Bar-tailed Godwit Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines). A single was seen on 15th Sept.

1 Red Knot at Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

30 Dunlin at Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines). All appeared to be juvenile birds. Also 4 Redshank, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 Curlew and 9 Sanderling.

Common Scoter Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

Slavonian Grebe Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

A late Lesser Black-backed Gull at Clasnessie 13th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

Red Admiral butterfly seen similtaneously at Achnacarnin 13th Sept (Stuart Belshaw), at Clachtoll (Andy Summers) and Culkein (David Haines).

Peacock Butterfly seen at Glencanisp Lodge 13th Sept (Stuart Belshaw).

Female Sparrowhawk visiting grden bird feeders at Inverkirkaig 14th Sept (Les Pearce).

First flocks of c120 Pink-feet Geese 14th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

Single Moorhen Loch na Clais 15th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

2 Wigeon at Loch na Clais 15th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

32 Ringed Plover at Culkein Stoer 15th September (Andy Summers).

Large flock of c140 small birds at Duart including Lesser Redpoll, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinches, and Goldcrests 16th Sept (David & Avril Haines).

Speckled Wood Butterflies still on the wing at Duart 16th Sept, River Inver 18th Sept, Oldany Estuary 19th Sept and Culag and Glencanisp 20th Sept.

Pine Marten seen roadside at Nedd 10pm 20th Sept (Andy Summers).

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