Sightings in January 2012

January 30th 2012

BIRDS

Black-throated Diver – Loch Inver, 30th January (Andy Summers)

Fieldfare – 8 Elphin, 29th January (David and Avril Haines)

Iceland Gull – 6 (4 adult, 2 1st winter) Loch a’ Chairn Bhain, 29th January (DAH) See ‘Influx of white-winged Gulls’ in News for more information and photograph

Red-throated Diver – 1 Clachtoll Bay, 28th January (DAH)

Curlew – 19 Stoer Green, 28th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – 1 (female) Loch na Claise, 28th January (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 5 Loch na Claise, 28th January (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 25 Culkein Bay, 28th January (DAH) Includes two colour-ringed birds which were ringed as chicks near Achiltibuie in 2011

White-fronted Goose (Greenland race) – 1 (1st winter) Culkein, 28th January (DAH) Click White-fronted Goose under New Photographs to see this bird

Bean Goose (Tundra race) – 3 Culkein, 28th January (DAH)

Lapwing – 1 Culkein, 28th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 5 off Culkein Bay, 28th January (DAH)

Bullfinch – 2 near Strathcroy, 28th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 28th January (DAH)

Chaffinch – c20 Culkein Drumbeg, 27th January (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 Culkein Drumbeg, 27th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 14 islands off Culkein Drumbeg, 27th January (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 10 (5 pair) Culkein Drumbeg Harbour, 27th January (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Culkein Drumbeg Harbour, 27th January (DAH)

Razorbill – 2 Culkein Drumbeg Harbour, 27th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 3 (2 adult, 1 2nd winter) Oldany Estuary, 26th January (DAH)

Teal – 7 Loch Nedd, 26th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 (1 pair) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, 26th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 2 (1 adult, 1 1st winter) Loch Kirkaig, 25th January (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – 3 (1 2nd winter, 2 1st winter) Oldany Estuary, 25th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 3 (2 adult, 1 1st winter) Oldany Estaury, 25th January (DAH)

Eider – 1 (male) Bay of Stoer, 24th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 off Raffin, 24th January (DAH)

Teal – 4 (2 pair) Loch na Claise, 24th January (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 2 (1 pair) Loch na Claise, 24th January (DAH)

Moorhen – 1 Loch na Claise, 24th January (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 25 Loch na Claise, 24th January (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 1 Balchladich Bay, 24th January (DAH)

Curlew – 12 Balchladich Bay, 24th January (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 7 Culkein, 24th January (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 24th January (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 23 Bay of Culkein, 24th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 (1 pair) Loch an Aigeil, 23rd January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Loch an Aigeil and 1 (adult) Clashnessie Bay, 23rd January (DAH)

Whimbrel – 1 Oldany Estuary, 22nd January (DAH) This species, which migrate to African coasts for the winter, is not normally seen back in Assynt until April; this is likely to have been a bird which has over-wintered – a very unusual record

Woodcock – 2 near Oldany, 22nd January (DAH)

Treecreeper – 2 near Oldany, 22nd and 20th January (DAH)

Redwing – 1 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Bean Goose (Tundra race) – 3 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Starling – c110 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Greenfinch – 14 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 18 Bay of Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Fieldfare – 35 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Kestrel – 1 (male) Culkein, 20th January (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – 1 (1st winter) Oldany Estuary, 19th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Bay of Culkein, 19th January (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 19th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 26 Bay of Culkein, 19th January (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 35 Culkein, 19th January (DAH) This included one colour-ringed bird the details of which have been submitted to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge who will provide us with the history of this bird in due course

Sparrowhawk – 1 Culkein Drumbeg, 17th January (DAH)

Twite – c55 Clachtoll, 17th January (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 Clachtoll, 17th January (DAH)

Common Gull – 44 Bay of Culkein, 17th January (DAH)

Curlew – 11 Balchladich, 17th January (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 1 Loch na Claise, 17th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Clashnessie, 17th January (DAH)

Kittiwake – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 16th January (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 1 off Rubh’an Dunain, 16th January (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 16th January (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 2 Lochan Fearna, 16th January (DAH)

Tawny Owl – 1 calling near Drumbeg, 16th January (DAH)

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Oldany Estuary, 15th January (DAH)

Fulmar – 8 off Culkein Drumbeg, 15th January (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 1 Loch Dhrombaig, 15th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 1 Loch Dhrombaig, 15th January (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 2 Cam Loch, 14th January (DAH)

OTHER

Otter – 1 Culkein Drumbeg Harbour, 27th January (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Balchladich Bay, 24th January (DAH)

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Recent Sightings

Goosander

single female on Oldany River (DAH) (16/12)

Goldeneye

single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (16/12)

Goosander

single female on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (11/12)

Dipper

four birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). One bird could be seen, and heard, singing. (11/12)

Otter

two animals on the shore beside Church of Scotland, Lochinver (Gwen Richards) (11/12)

Whooper Swan

three birds feeding, Loch an Aigeil (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (10/12)

Dipper

single bird on Oldany River (DAH) (10/12)

Long-tailed Tit

6+ birds in trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

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