Sightings in February 2014

February 1st 2014

BIRDS

Skylark – bird feeding in garden Nedd, 28th February (Ian and Pat Evans)

Oystercatcher – two birds returned to east end of Loch Assynt, 26th February (Helen Morrison). Two days later than 2013.

Song Thrush – singing in garden Nedd, 26th February (Ian and Pat Evans)

Stonechat – pair Little Assynt, 25th February (Howard and Julie Grey)

Stonechat – pair near Pollan, 25th February (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single male Culkein Stoer, 24th February (DAH). The increasing day light hours seem to have caused a few more migrants to make the journey north!

Skylark – 7 Culkein Stoer, 24th February (DAH)

Lapwing – 7 Culkein Stoer, 24th February (DAH)

Reed Bunting – single male Culkein Stoer, 24th February (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 33 Bay of Culkein, 24th February (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 22 Bay of Culkein, 24th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 31 Bay of Culkein, 24th February (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 2 Loch Neil Bhain, 24th February (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – 2 near Pollan, 23rd February (DAH)

Moorhen – single adult Loch an Aigeil, 23rd February (DAH)

Lapwing – single bird Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd February (Jim and Corinne France)

Yellowhammer – 11 on bird feeders Badnaban, 21st February (Mary Scott). This is a large number of yellowhammers for Assynt and interesting to hear of them using feeders.

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch Inver, 21st February (AS)

Iceland Gull – 2nd-winter bird feeding on Culag Park, 21st and 23rd February (DAH)

Moorhen – single adult Loch na Claise, 19th February (DAH)

Merlin – female surveying the waders in Bay of Culkein from chimney pot Culkein Stoer, 19th February (DAH)

Stonechat – single male near Brackloch, 19th February (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – pair on peanuts Nedd, 18th February (Ian and Pat Evans)

Peregrine – male near Lagg, 18th February (DAH)

Grey Heron – 12 Oldany Estuary, 17th February (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single 1st-winter Loch Dhrombaig, 17th February (DAH)

Puffin – single 1st-winter Bay of Culkein and winter adult off Rubh’an Dunain, 16th February (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 7 Rubh’an Dunain, 16th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 32 Bay of Culkein, 16th February (DAH)

Carrion Crow – single Bay of Culkein, 16th February (DAH)

Stonechat – pair near Oldany, 15th February (DAH)

Guillemot – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 14th February (DAH)

Fieldfare -2 Raffin, 14th February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 off Raffin, 14th February (DAH)

Eider – c30 off Raffin, 14th February (DAH)

Redwing – 2 Balchladich, 14th February (DAH)

Bean Goose – 2 (Tundra) Clashmore, 14th February (DAH). This is the first record of this species in Assynt since the large influx across Scotland in 2011.

Greylag Geese – 34 Clashmore, 14th February (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch na Claise, 14th February (DAH)

Goldeneye – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch na Claise, 14th February (DAH)

Teal – 18 (8 male 10 female) Loch na Claise, 14th February (DAH)

Twite – c30 Clachtoll, 13th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 5 Bay of Culkein, 12th February (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Bay of Culkein, 12th, 16th and 24th February (DAH)

Little Grebe – 3 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 12th February (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – immature off Culkein Drumbeg, 12th February (DAH)

Goosander – single male Loch Awe, 11th February (AS)

Goldeneye – pair on River Inver at Little Assynt, 11th  February (AS)

Golden Eagle – central Assynt, 11th February (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 Achmelvich, 9th February (Romany Garnett)

Red-breasted Merganser – 12 (7 males 5 females) Culkein Drumbeg harbour, 9th February (DAH)

Dipper – 2 on River Inver near Little Assynt tree nursery car park, 8th February (DAH)

Red Grouse – several birds seen and and heard Little Assynt, 8th February (DAH)

Bullfinch – pair Little Assynt near tree nursery, 8th February (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 12 Loch Poll track, 7th February (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 7th February (DAH)

Fulmar – 18 off Culkein Drumbeg, 7th February (DAH)

White-tailed Sea Eagle – Lochinver, 6th February (AS)

Teal – a pair Loch Culag, 6th February (DAH)

Bullfinch – 2 males near Torbreck, 6th February (DAH)

Gannet – single adult feeding off shore Bay of Culkein, 5th February (DAH)

Merlin – female through waders Bay of Culkein, 5th February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single Stoer Bay, 4th February (Gordon Sleight)

Woodcock – in trees below viewpoint Drumbeg, 4th February (DAH)

Siskin – 6 feeding on Larch tree Drumbeg, 4th February (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – male and female at different times on peanuts in Nedd garden, 3rd February (Ian and Pat Evans)

Barnacle Goose – 5 Culkein Stoer, 3rd February (DAH)

Twite – 75 Clachtoll, 3rd February (AS)

Kittiwake – single 1st-winter Bay of Culkein, 3rd February (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – 3 Bay of Culkein, 3rd and 5th February (DAH). Looks like a mini migration has started.

Dunlin – single Bay of Culkein, 3rd and 5th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 39 Bay of Culkein, 3rd February (DAH)

Black Guillemot – single bird in full breeding plumage Clashnessie Bay, 3rd February (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – single over Lochinver, 3rd February (Chris and Fran Barley)

Stonechat – pair near Oldany, 1st February (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 11 (4 male 7 female) Loch na Claise, 1st and 14th February (DAH)

Starling – c140 Balchladich, 1st February (DAH)

Golden Plover – 9 Balchladich, 1st February (DAH). Lovely to see and could be the first spring migrants for Assynt.

Curlew – 11 Balchladich, 1st February (DAH)

Merlin – single female Culkein Stoer, 1st February (DAH)

Carrion Crow – single bird showing again Culkein Stoer, 1st and 3rd February (DAH)

Redwing – single Culkein Stoer, 1st February (DAH)

Fieldfare – 4 Culkein Stoer, 1st February (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 1 off Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 off Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 3 Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH). This is a 100% increase in the number of these birds since last October!

Teal – single male Loch Neil Bhain, 1st February (DAH)

 

OTHERS

 

Frog Spawn – first clump in garden pond Drumbeg, 25th February (Teresa Weinburg)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th February (DAH)

Common Toad – large numbers on the move at Loch an Ordain on the evening of 22nd February (AS). This will be the start of their annual migration despite temperatures just touching high single figures.

Common Toad – an unfortunate individual been consumed by a Grey Heron near Brackloch, 21st February (AS)

Common Toad – single, very sluggish, north side of Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, Little Assynt, 20th February (Don O’Driscoll)

Fox Moth caterpillar – near Brackloch, 19th February (DAH)

Common Seal – 24 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 12th February (DAH)

Grey Seal – single off Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

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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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