Sightings in February 2012

February 1st 2012

BIRDS

Oystercatcher – First inland birds Inchnadamph, 29th February Almost any other year and this would have been 1st March!

Pied Wagtail – First inland birds Inchnadamph, 28th February

Whooper Swan – 2 Loch Awe, 25th February

Long-tailed Duck – 1 (winter male) Bay of Culkein, 24th February This stunning bird showed well for several hours.

Pied Wagtail – 1 (male) Inverkirkaig, 22nd February This could be an early returning bird as almost all of our Pied Wagtails move far south for the winter.

Iceland Gull – 1 (3rd winter) Loch Kirkaig, 22nd February A similar age group bird was seen at Clashnessie Bay on the 24th.

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 21st February

Purple Sandpiper – 11 Bay of Culkein, 20th February

Turnstone – 29 Bay of Culkein, 20th February

Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bay of Culkein, 20th February This is likely to be the same bird that was first seen on the 13th and which was still present on the 24th.

Little Grebe – 3 Loch Drumbeg, 20th February

Goosander – 1 (male) Loch Awe, 19th February

Black Guillemot – 4 Loch Dhrombaig, 19th February

White-tailed Sea Eagle – 2 Clachtoll, 17th February

Moorhen – 2 Loch an Aigeil, 17th February

Fulmar – c90 on cliffs at Point of Stoer, 17th February

Purple Sandpiper – 24 Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February

Eider – 13 off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February This raft comprised 2 adult males; 5 adult females and 6 1st winter males

Black-throated Diver – 1 off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February

Great Northern Diver – 4 between Bay of Culkein and Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February

Black Guillemot – 5 between Bay of Culkein and Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February

Black-throated Diver – back on territory on Loch Assynt 15th February with a pair on 18th

Fieldfare – c30 near Stoer Hall, 15th February

Curlew – 16 Clachtoll near Split Rock, 15th February

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Bay of Clachtoll, 15th February

Little Grebe – 3 Loch Culag, 15th February

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 1 Culag Wood, 15th February

Treecreeper – 1 Culag Wood, 15th February

Siskin – 2 (a pair) Culag Wood, 15th February

Red-throated Diver – 1 Loch Inver, 15th February

Twite – c40 Clachtoll, 15th February These birds were seen at their usual feeding station where they also form part of a colour-ringing scheme.

Common Scoter – 2 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February Not a regular sighting in Assynt but this one was of a 1st winter male and a female.

Red-throated Diver – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February

Eider – 9 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February This raft comprised 3 adult males; 3 adult females and 3 1st winter males

Gannet – 104 flew north past Stoer Head Lighthouse in just over one hour, 14th February

Kittiwake – 20+ flew past Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February

Tufted Duck – 5 Loch na Claise, 13th February

Glaucous Gull – 1 (adult) Loch na Claise, 13th February This is the first adult Glaucous recorded in Assynt this year.

Gannet – 40 passing Balchladich Bay, 13th February These birds, all adults, flew passed the bay heading north into a strong north-westerly wind.

Ringed Plover – 20 Bay of Culkein, 13th February

Greylag Goose – 22 Culkein, 13th February

Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bay of Culkein, 13th February This bird was still present on 17th February.

Common Gull – 23 Bay of Culkein, 13th February

Little Grebe – 2 Oldany Estuary, 13th February

Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) off Culkein Drumbeg, 13th February It seems some of the white-winged gulls are still around.

Turnstone – 20 Oldany Estuary, 13th February

Barnacle Goose – 4 off-shore Island, Culkein Drumbeg, 13th February

Long-tailed Tit – 7 near Oldany, 12th February

Razorbill – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 11th February

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 11th February

Goldeneye – 3 Loch na Bruthaich, 11th February

Jackdaw – c15 Elphin, 11th February This is the only location in Assynt where this species is seen.

Barn Owl – Inchnadamph, 5th February

Barn Owl – Kylesku, 1st February

OTHERS

Arnell’s Apple-moss Philonotus arnelli – Discovered by Gordon Rothero and Ian Evans on rocks beside Loch Urigill, 25th February. First record for Assynt.

Common Frog – first frog spawn in several locations – Glencanisp Road; Drumbeg and Lochinver, all 21st February See News for more information and photograph.

first Toads on the move – Badnaban and Loch an Ordain, 20th February

Common Seal – 34 Oldany Estuary, 19th February

Otter – 1 feeding off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February

Common Frog – first calling males Drumbeg, 16th February

Red Deer – Hind and calf swimming across Loch Drumbeg, 16th February

Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February

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Recent Sightings

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)

Sparrowhawk

single bird hunting through trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

Glaucous Gull

single 1st-winter bird Balchladich Bay (DAH) (09/12)

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