Sightings in May 2013

May 1st 2013

BIRDS

Red-legged Partridge – 1 seen at – Torbreck 19th; Achmelvich Bridge 21st; Raffin 26th and Stoer 28th May. Would seem someone has released one or more of these introduced game birds so keep a look out. Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Whimbrel – 6 at Clachtoll 25th May (Andy Summers).

Ring Ouzel – 3 pairs on the SW slopes of Canisp 24th May (Andy Summers).

Sand Martin –  2 excavating burrows at Achmelvich 23rd May (Andy Summers).

Grasshopper Warbler – 1 reeling near Loch Torr an Lochan, Little Assynt, 25th May (Ian and Pat Evans)

Golden Eagle – 2 circling just east of Clachtoll, 25th May (Julie Grey)

Red-rumped Swallow – 1 male resting in garden Duartbeg, 20th May (Rona Burton). This is not an Assynt record, sadly, but this vagrant Swallow from south Europe shows that it is always worth having a look at the more ‘common’ birds as you never know what is around; it may well have passed through Assynt so if you saw it let us know!! Field Club member Rona has sent a superb photo of this bird which you can have the pleasure of viewing on Gallery-Birds, enjoy.

Long-tailed Skua – 8 past Stoerhead Lighthouse and 5 past Clachtoll, 19th May (D and A Haines). A rare passage migrant in Assynt and at this time of year their tail streamers are really obvious.

Whimbrel – 3 Clashmore, 19th May (Gwen Richards)

Arctic Skua – 1 pale form over Clachtoll, 19th May (D and A Haines)

Redwing – 1 Culkein Stoer, 19th May (Pam MacKenzie)

Red-throated Diver – 1 Loch Drumbeg, 18th May (D and A Haines)

Twite – 7 Culkein Drumbeg, 18th May (D and A Haines)

Stonechat – 2 (a pair) Culkein Drumbeg, 18th May

Blackcap – 1 male in garden Nedd, 17th and 18th May (Ian Evans)

Sedge Warbler – 2 in reed bed Loch na Claise, 17th May (D and A Haines)

House Sparrow – 2 (a pair) feeding two very recently fledged young Balchladich, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Mallard – 1 female and 4 ducklings Loch na Claise, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Puffin – 1 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Sand Martin – 2 nest excavating by Raffin, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Sanderling – 5 Bay of Culkein, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Dunlin – 40 Bay of Culkein, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Turnstone – 32 Bay of Culkein, 17th May (D and A Haines). A good number of these passage migrant birds were in breeding plumage and looked quite stunning – see photo on Gallery-Birds.

Common Sandpiper – 2 Loch Neil Bhain, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Tufted Duck – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Goldfinch – 2 on garden feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Pink-footed Goose – c60 over Clachtoll, 16th May (E Jones and R Chappell)

Whimbrel – 19 Clachtoll, 14th May (E Jones and R Chappell)

Lesser Redpoll – on garden feeders Lochinver 12th May (Morgana Parsons-Game) and Badnaban, 14th May (L and L Pearce)

Razorbill – c300 Lochinver bay, 11th May (Mark Snowdon)

Iceland Gull – 1 Lochan Sgeireach, 11th and 16th May (E Jones and R Chappell)

Arctic Terns – 10 feeding in Lochinver bay, 10th May

Great Northern Diver – 3 in Lochinver bay, 10th May

Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting – singing in reed bed at Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll, 10th May

8 Whimbrel, 13 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and single Turnstone – Stoer Green, 10th May

Greenshank – 1 Loch Nedd, 9th May (Ian Evans)

Great Northern Diver – 4 Loch Nedd, 9th May (Ian Evans)

Greylag Goose Goslings – 2 adults and 3 goslings Loch an Aigeil, Stoer, 9th May (Stevan Lockhart)

Hoopoe – Still in same garden at Clashnessie with several Whimbrels, 9th May, 3pm, (Andy summers).hoopoe 9may13

Hoopoe – 1 in garden north of Clashnessie bay, 8th May, 7pm, (Roz Summers, Stevan Lockhart, Andy Summers) presumeably same bird as this morning.

Hoopoe – 1 in garden Nedd, 8th May, 10am (John Ross and two others). These birds make an occasional appearance in Assynt as they are noted for overshooting their normal breeding areas in europe and the stronger southerly winds recently may have caught this one out.

Great-Northern Diver  – 1 showing really well in full summer plumage close in to shore in Lochinver bay, 8th May (Andy Summers). Still there 10th May.

Blackcap – 1 male Achnacarnin, 8th May (Howard Grey)

Osprey – Loch Assynt at Inchnadamph, 8th May (Helen Morrison)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Lochan an Ais, opposite Knockan Visitor Centre, 8th May (S. Beavan and B. Heckford) Just outwith Assynt but too good to not mention.

Snow Bunting – 1 adult summer male around car park Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th May (Leigh Sedgley)

Bullfinch – 2 feeding on plum tree buds Badnaban, 6th May (L and L Pearce)

Goldfinch – 2 Badnaban, 6th May (L and L Pearce)

Razorbill – 20 Lochinver bay, 6th May (Andy Summers)

2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers and one suspected White-billed Diver – Lochinver bay, 6th May (Stuart McClelland and Andy Summers)

2 Teal – Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer School 6th May

Cuckoo – calling at Badnaban, 5th May (L and L Pearce)

Siskin – 3 Clachtoll, 4th May

Cuckoo – Calling Drumbeg, 4th May

150 Golden Plover 20 Dunlin – Balchladdich, 6th May (Roz and Andy Summers)

Whimbrel – Stoer Green, 6th May

Iceland Gull – Loch Sgeireach near Stoer, 6th May (Roz Summers)

Grey Wagtail – pair on River Inver, 4th May

Grasshopper Warbler – singing at Ardvar (Becky Garvey)

Golden Eagle – flying Over Quinag, 3rd May

Osprey – 2 flying over Elphin towards Cam Loch, 3rd May

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2 Lochinver Bay, 2nd May (Andy Summers)

Redwing – 12 Football pitch Lochinver, 2nd May (Andy Summers)

1 pair Wigeon, 4 Tufted ducks, 2 Greenshank – Loch Boralan, 1st May (Andy Summers)

Black-tailed Godwit – 8 Stoer Green, 1st May (Howard Grey)

Redshank – 26 Culkein Stoer, 1st May (Andy Summers)

Cuckoo – Baddididarach, Lochinver 1st May (Jan Snowden)

6 Whimbrel, 18 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover – Culkein Stoer, 1st May

Pinkfeet Goose – 15 Culkein Stoer, 1st May

Red Kite – Stoer 1st May (Robert Kinaird)

OTHERS

Minke Whale – 1 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 28th May (Leigh Sedgley) Our first minke this year which is quite late, possibly due to colder weather?

4-spot Chaser Dragonfly – Oldany 25th May (Andy Summers).

Painted Lady Butterfly – 24th May (Andy Summers).

St Mark’s Fly – Clachtoll 24th May (Andy Summers).

Large Red Damselfly – 1 near Loch Torr an Lochan, Little Assynt, 25th May (Ian and Pat Evans)

Green Tiger Beetles – several basking on rocks Gleann Leireag, 22nd May (Ian and Pat Evans)

Common Butterwort – two plants in bud Gleann Leireag, 22nd May (Pat and Ian Evans)

Orange-tip Butterfly – first record at Ardvar, 17th May (Beccy Garvie)

Common Carder Bumblebee – first record for the year at Clachtoll, 17th May (Andy Summers).

Large Red Damselfly – first record at Ardvar, 17th May (Beccy Garvie)

Slow Worm – 1 basking on rocks at bridge over Oldany Estuary, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 17th May (D and A Haines)

Green-veined White Butterfly – 2 on dandelions Culkein Drumbeg, 11th May (I and P Evans)

Horse Leech Haemopis sanguisuga – Several in garden pond Badnaban, 10th May (L and L Pearce). See photo on Gallery-Invertebrates non-insect.

Green-veined White Butterfly – Clachtoll campsite, 7th May (Andy Summers).

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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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