Sightings in January 2013

January 1st 2013

BIRDS

Great Northern Diver – Culkein Stoer, 30th January (Andy Summers)

54 Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 22 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 4 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 32 Oystercatycher – Culkein Stoer, 30th January (Andy Summers)

Greylag Geese – 7 Clachtoll, 29th January (Andy Summers)

Great Northern Diver – Lochinver bay 28th January (Andy Summers) 

Long-tailed Duck – 1 male Lochinver bay, 26th January (Gwen Richards)

Great Northern Diver – 1 Lochinver bay, 20th -25th January (Andy Summers)

Slavonian Grebe – 1 adult in winter plumage Lochinver bay, 25th January (Andy Summers)

Goldeneye – 3 males and 3 females Loch na Claise, 24th January (Andy Summers)

Curlew – 13 Stoer beach, 24th January (Andy Summers)

Red Kite – Scron view point on road to Stoer, 22nd January (Stuart Belshaw)

Wigeon – 5 including 2 males Cam Loch, 20th January (Andy Summers)

Golden Eagle – Adult pair and first winter at Little Assynt, 20th January (Andy Summers)

Brambling – single at Torbreck, 17th January (Gwen Richards)

Red Kite – single at Loch an Ordain Lochinver, 17th January (John Gorman)

House Sparrow – 31 Clachtoll, 14th January (Andy Summers)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 Lochinver Bay, 12th January (Andy Summers)

White-tailed Sea Eagle – 1 Lochinver, 8th January (Romany Garnet)

White-tailed Sea Eagle –  2 birds seen at Kylesku since New Year, 7th January. 

Black-throated Diver – 1 Lochinver, 7th January (Andy Summers)

Goldfinch – 3 Clachtoll,  7th January (Andy Summers)

 

OTHERS

Otter – Oldany River, 22nd January (Derek Spenser)

large Otter – River Inver, 15th January (Derek Spenser)

Pipistrelle Batflying in day time at Achmelvich, 7th January (Romany Garnet)

Otter – Lochinver Bay, 7th January (Andy Summers)

Pipistrelle Batflying in day time Elphin, 6th Januray (Rosie Christmas)

Pipistrelle Batflying in day time Lochinver, 3rd January (Andy Summers). It has been incredibly mild recently at over 10degrees

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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)

Goldfinch

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)

Merlin

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

Goldeneye

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)

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