Sightings in March 2013

March 2nd 2013

BIRDS

Linnet – 1 Clachtoll, 31st March (Andy Summers)

Twite – 5 feeding in garden Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (Corinne France)

Pink-footed Goose – unseen but heard flying over Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (D and A Haines) Looks like spring is well on its way with these geese making their spring migration to the north-west.

Gannet – 6 off Raffin, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Red-throated Diver – 1 off Raffin 31st March (D and A Haines)

Great Northern Diver – 4 off Raffin, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Shag – c50 off Raffin, 31st Mrach (D and A Haines)

Eider – 35 off Raffin, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Fulmar – c75 on cliffs near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Skylark – 4 singing near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Turnstone – 4 Bay of Culkein, 30th March (D and A Haines)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 30th March (D and A Haines)

Goldeneye – 6 (2 male, 4 female) River Inver near Little Assynt, 29th March (L and L Pearce)

Reed Bunting – 1 male in reed bed at Loch an Aigeil, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Sparrowhawk – 1 female with a full crop Clachtoll, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Redwing – 1 Clachtoll, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Twite – c95 Clachtoll, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Black-throated Diver – 6 Bay of Clachtoll, 29th March (D and A Haines) These birds were all in summer plumage so it’s possible they were on the sea to escape from the frozen inland lochs after the low temperatures the last few nights.

Golden Plover – 85 Clachtoll, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Black-headed Gull – 2 (1 adult 1 first winter) Bay of Stoer, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Wigeon – 2 (a pair) Bay of Stoer, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Stonechat – 1 male in reed bed at Loch na Claise, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Little Grebe – 4 Loch na Claise, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Teal – 6 (3 pairs) Loch na Claise, 29th March (D and A Haines)

Black Guillemot – 21+ Balchladich Bay, 29th March (D and A Haines) A large number of these auks with a mixture of summer and 1st winter plumage birds present.

Rook – 1 immature bird Clashmore, 29th March (D and A Haines) This is a very rare record for Assynt with only one other record in recent years at Elphin.

Stonechat – 2 (a pair) with the male displaying and singing Glencanisp, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Goosander – 2 (a pair) Loch Druim Suardalain, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Goldcrest – 2 in trees at Glencanisp Lodge, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Whooper Swan – 2 feeding on a partly frozen Loch Culag, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Red-breasted Merganser – 6 (2male 4 female) Loch Inver, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Eider – 8 (4 pair) Loch Inver, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Bullfinch – 2 (a pair) in trees Glencanisp road, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Goldfinch – 2 on feeder Glencanisp road, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Siskin – 2 (a pair) on feeder Glencanisp road, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Yellowhammer – 1 a superb male feeding on ground below seed feeder Glencanisp road, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Black-throated Diver – 2 still on Loch Drumbeg, 27th March (D and A Haines)

Goldeneye – 2 (a pair) Loch Drumbeg, 27th March (D and A Haines)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 Culkein Drumbeg, 27th March (D and A Haines)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 27th March (D and A Haines)

Song Thrush – 1 at Clachtoll and 2 at Clashnessie, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Moorhen – 1 Loch an Aigeil, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Kittiwake – 1 adult off Clachtoll, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Snipe – 2 Clachtoll, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Teal – a pair Clachtoll, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Great Northern Diver – 5 off Clachtoll, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Starling – c110 Clachtoll, 26th March (Andy Summers)

Meadow Pipit – c20 near Cruachan, 26th March (D and A Haines) Looks like the abating east wind has allowed a few migrants to make it back to Assynt.

Goldfinch – 6 on feeders at Ardvar for past few weeks (Beccy Garvie)

Stonechat – 1 (female) near Lagg, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Gannet – 2 adults off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Curlew – 15 Balchladich, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch an Claise. 25th March (D and A Haines)

Tufted Duck – 3 (1 male, 2 female) Loch na Claise, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Goldeneye – 2 (a pair) Loch na Claise, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Greylag Goose – 29 Loch na Claise, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Eider – 3 (1 male, 1 female and 1 first winter male) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Razorbill – 29 flying north past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Black Guillemot – singles in summer plumage Clashnessie Bay and off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Fulmar – 31 off Stoehead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Red-throated Diver – 1 flying over Bay of Culkein, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Merlin – single past Cathair Dubh, 25th March (Roger Glover)

Stonechat – 2 (a pair) Cathair Dubh, 25th March (Roger Glover)

Golden Eagle – 2 over Stoer peat road, 25th March (Robert Kinnaird)

Carrion Crow – 1 Culkein Stoer, 25th March (D and A Haines) Looks like the single bird that was first recorded last May has survived the winter

Golden Plover – 35 Culkein Stoer, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Skylark – 1 on ground Culkein Stoer, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay; 3 off Bay of Culkein and 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Pied Wagtail – 1 Culkein Drumbeg and 1 at Stoerhead Lighthouse, both males, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Peregrine – 1 over Culkein Drumbeg, 25th March (D and A Haines)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 1 at Ardvar, 25th March (Beccy Garvie)

Great Tit – 5 on garden feeder Culkein Drumbeg, 24th March (D and A Haines)

Goldeneye – 1 pair Loch Drumbeg, 24th March (D and A Haines)

Little Grebe – 1 Oldany Estuary, 24th March (D and A Haines)

Shelduck – 1 pair Oldany Estuary, 24th March (D and A Haines)

Cormorant – 1 with breeding patch over Loch Dhrombaig, 23rd March (D and A Haines)

Black-throated Diver – 2 on Loch Drumbeg, 23rd March (D and A Haines)

Lapwing – 15 over Clachtoll, 23rd March (D and A Haines)

Whooper Swan – still 2 on Loch Awe, 23rd March (D and A Haines)

Twite – 93 at Clachtoll, 22nd March. Trapped by Tony Mainwood while ringing birds as part on ongoing survey of Assynt’s Twite and those that visit from other parts of Scotland.

Slavonian grebe – 1 in winter plumage Lochinver bay, 20th March (Stuart McClelland)

2 Pairs of Eider Ducks – Lochinver bay, 18th March (andy summers)

Pair of Oystercatchers – back at Loch Assynt side beside the road, 17th March (andy summers)

4 pairs Lapwings – displaying at Clachtoll 17th March (andy summers)

44 Twite and 60 Starlings  – at Clachtoll 17th March (andy summers)

Golden Eagle – 1 flying over Ardvar, 15th March (Beccy Garvie)

50 Golden Plover – at Skiag Bridge near Achmore Farm, 14th March (andy summers)

Tawny Owl – 1 feeding in Badnaban garden on food scraps, 14th March at 05:30 (Les and Liz Pearce). See this owl and a Pine Marten and a Badger feeding at http://www.flickr.com/photos/assyntnature/8557092942/in/photostream

Pair of Black-throated Divers and 2 Whooper Swans – Loch Awe, 12th March (andy summers)

Pair of Black-throated Divers – back at Glencanisp loch 12th March (andy summers)

Whooper Swan – 4 flying over Ardvar, 12th March (Beccy Garvie)

Sparrowhawk – 1 possible immature near Loch Leitir Easaidh, 10th March (Helen Morrison)

15 Ringer Plover, and 24 Greylag Geese  – Culkein Stoer 9th March (andy summers).

6 Golden Plover – Stoer Green, 9th March (andy summers).

Male Goosander – Loch Ghlinne Sgoilte near Inverkirkaig 7th March (andy summers).

Ringed Plover – very early returners to traditional inland breeding site near Inchnadamph, 5th March (Helen Morrison)

Flock of 26 Meadow Pipits – Tumore beside Loch Assynt 3rd March, (andy summers).

 

OTHERS

Lesser Celandine – 1 plant in flower Oldany Dornie, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 31st March (D and A Haines)

Frog Spawn – numerous ‘frosted’ clumps in water under cattle grid Glencanisp Road, 28th March (D and A Haines)

Roe Deer – 2 in trees near Loch Poll track, 26th March (D and A Haines)

Peacock butterfly – 1 near Assynt Leisure Centre, 26th March (Andy Summers) The little bit of ‘warm’ sunshine must have encouraged this butterfly out of its winter hibernation.

Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th March (Leigh Sedgley)

Primrose – 4 plants in flower on roadside bank near Loch Poll Hydro entrance, 24th March (D and A Haines)

Stoat – Clashnessie 18th March, in ermine for last three weeks (Roger Kershaw)

Many Palmate Newts – in pond beside Glencanisp road, 17th march (andy summers)

Contents of discarded beer bottle – 1 Glenleraig, 16th March (Ian Evans). Not a sighting in itself but the contents make an interesting record and highlight the risks to Assynt’s wildlife posed by litter. Read more information and see a photograph of the contents on ‘News’

Lesser Celandine – single plant flowering in Nedd Garden, 13th March (Pat Evans)

Dead Stoat in partial ermine – caught and killed by a cat in Clachtoll 12th March (andy summers)

Frog Spawn – Garden pool Babnaban, 9th March (Les and Liz Pearce)

Otter – Lochinver bay 5th March (andy summers).

Stoat  in partial ermine – eaping with jopys of spring in garden at Clachtoll 3rd March (Roz Summers).

Frog Spawn – 20+ clumps in roadside ditches near Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg. Some were ‘frosted’ so may have been present from 26th/27th February when it was frosty over night. Also 5 clumps near Springfield, Culkein Drumbeg. Both records 2nd March (Ian Evans)

Frog Spawn – one clump in garden pond, Drumbeg, 1st March (Teresa Weinburg) The first report for 2013; unless you know different!

Stoat – 1 in garden at Stoer with black and white tail but greyish over back, perhaps changing from winter to spring, 1st March (Julie Grey)

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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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