Sightings in June 2014

June 1st 2014


Sand Martin – 9 over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th June (DAH)

Common Scoter – c85 males in two flocks past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 29th June (DAH)

Redshank – 5 Balchladich Bay, 29th June (DAH)

Little Grebe – 7 (4 adult 3 chicks) Loch na Claise, 29th June (DAH)

Tufted Duck – single male Loch na Claise, 29th June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 26th June (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 11 (all juveniles) Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 25th June (DAH)

Spotted Flycatcher – 2 Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 25th June (DAH)

Swift – party of 10 over Raffin, 24th June (DAH)

Puffin – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single Loch Drumbeg, 23rd June (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 14 on rocks and cliffs to north of Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd June (DAH)

Sanderling – single Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Dunlin – 7 Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper with chicks – Lochinver pier, 22nd June (AS)

Greenshank – pair alarm calling at the head of Loch Veyatie, 20th June (AS)

Osprey – adult fishing on Loch Veyatie, 20th June (AS)

Black-throated Diver – 7 adults Loch Awe, 19th June (DAH)

Osprey – 2 adults over Ardvreck Castle, 19th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – 10 adults on croftland Clachtoll, 18th June (AS)

Lapwing – 15 (8 adults and 7 juveniles) Culkein Stoer, 18th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single Bay of Culkein, 18th June (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 11 (6 adults and 5 juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 18th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 (2 adults and 2 juveniles) using garden feeder Nedd, 17th June (Ian and Pat Evans)

Greenshank – 2 Oldany Estuary, 16th June (DAH)

Arctic and Common Tern – 3 Arctic and 2 Common on off shore island Culkein Drumbeg, 16th June (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 3 (adult male and 2 juveniles) on garden peanut feeder Nedd, 15th June (Ian and Pat Evans). One of the juvenile birds flew into the house window but after resting for a few minutes it was able to fly away. Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Ring Ouzel – 3 (2 male 1 female) Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH)

Dipper – single Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH)

Siskin – single male Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – single on beach at Achmelvich which then swam out to Achmelvich Bay, 13th June (Chris Hind). A very early record for this sea duck. Gallery-Birds.

Manx Shearwater – 10 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th June (DAH)

Snipe – 3 Loch na Claise, 13th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 3 over Bay of Culkein, 12th June (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 28 Bay of Culkein, 12th June (DAH). All these gulls were 1st-summer birds.

Dunlin – 19 Bay of Culkein, 12th June (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 12th June (DAH)

Osprey – over Ardvreck Castle, 11th June (Claire Belshaw)

Kestrel – single female near Inveruplan, 11th June (DAH)

Bullfinch – a pair near Inveruplan, 11th June (DAH)

Yellowhammer – 2 singing males near Inveruplan, 11th June (DAH)

Canada Goose – 20 flying south past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th June (DAH). This combined with yesterdays sighting of 25 over Lochninver is very unusual for Assynt with the only other records being of single birds.

Long-tailed Tit – flock of c11 in garden Nedd, 8th June (Ian and Pat Evans)

Wheatear – 2 juveniles Culkein Drumbeg, 8th June (DAH)

Yellowhammer – 3 (2 males – one singing, and 1 female) Glen Canisp, 8th June (James Bray). This is a good record as we normaly only have one pair in this area but this could indicate an improving population.

Great Spotted Woodpecker – near Glen Canisp Lodge, 8th June (James Bray)

Canada Goose – 25 flying south over Lochinver, 8th June (James Bray)

Blackcap – singing male Glen Canisp, 8th June (DAH)

Eider – 5 (adult female and 4 chicks) Bay of Clachtoll, 8th June (DAH)

Common Scoter – 17 flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (DAH)

Chiffchaff – single singing Nedd, 5th June (Ian Evans)

Siskin – single male on garden feeder Inverkirkaig, 5th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – Loch Kirkaig, 5th June (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – single female eating a damselfly on River Kirkaig, 5th June (DAH)

Stonechat – 4 (adult male and 3 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 4th June (DAH)

Teal – male Loch Neil Bhain, 4th June (DAH)

Sand Martin – 2 and possible nest burrow Stoer, 3rd June (DAH)

Common Scoter – 4 (2 male 2 female) Bayof Stoer, 3rd June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Bay of Stoer, 3rd June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 6, this was made up of 4 full adults and 2 first-summer birds Bay of Stoer, 3rd June (DAH)

Whimbrel – 2 Clachtoll, 3rd June (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Clachtoll, 3rd June (DAH)

Lapwing – 8 Clachtoll, 3rd June (DAH)

Wren – male building ‘cock’ nests in hanks of wool hanging out to dry Clachtoll, 2nd June (Stevan and Helen Lockhart). Photo on Gallery-Birds. An update from Stevan on 19th June confirmed that a pair of wrens have used this nest which now contains eggs, great news. A final update confirmed that four wrens fledged on 20th July and Stevan has posted a short two minute video at

Golden Plover – single bird calling over Clachtoll, 2nd June (Jim Galway)

Greenfinch – 3 juveniles Culkein Drumbeg, 1st June (DAH)

Merlin – two (pair?) near Clashnessie, 1st June (DAH)

Kestrel – female hunting over Clashmore, 1st June (DAH)

Kittiwake – 70+ feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st June (DAH)



Otter – Clashnessie Bay, 29th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 29th June and c10 30th June (DAH)

Red Admiral butterfly – Stoerhead Lighthouse, 26th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 (3 adult and a juvenile) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 26th June (DAH)

Butterflies – Common Blue, Dark-green Fritillary and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 25th June (DAH)

Common Blue butterfly – 20+ pairs mating Achmelvich machair, 24th June (AS)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Common Blue butterfly – Elphin, 20th June (AS)

Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum – feeding on cow-wheat flowers on shores of Loch Veyatie, 20th June (AS)

Water Shrew – one found live in garden Nedd, 18th June (Ian and Pat Evans)

Pine Marten – Glen Leraig road, 15th June (DAH)

Chimney Sweeper moth – single Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH)

Small Heath butterfly – 2 Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (DAH/Ian M Evans)

Red Admiral butterfly – single Allt nan Uamh, 15th June (Ian M Evans)

Small-white Orchid Pseudorchis albida – several spikes Glen Canisp, 14th June and near Lochan Fada, 15th June (Chris Hind)

Brimstone moth – female Glen Canisp, 14th June (Chris Hind)

Bottlenose Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th June (Julie Hobbs). This pod were first seen at around 11.45 am heading south and then they went past the Lighthouse heading north at 3.25 pm.

Greater Butterfly-orchid Platanthera chlorantha – 4 spikes in ungrazed field Clashmore, 13th June (DAH). Photo on Gallery-Flowering Plants and Ferns.

Bottlenose Dolphin – c12 Clachtoll, 12th June (Stevan Lockhart). Photo of adult and calf on Gallery-Marine.

Water Shrew – one found dead in garden Stoer, 11th June (Claire Belshaw)

Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars – c500 on nettles near Inveruplan, 11th June (Ian M Evans). Photograph of small sample on Gallery-Butterflies.

Common Blue butterfly – near Inveruplan, 11th June (DAH)

Tipula maxima – in house Badnaban, 8th June (Les Pearce). This is the largest Crane-fly in the British Isles with a wingspan of c5cm. Photo on Gallery-Other Insects.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Glen Canisp, 8th June (DAH)

Common Blue Damselfly – Glen Canisp, 8th June (Norma Brown)

Blue-tailed Damselfly – Glen Canisp, 8th June (James Bray)

Large Red Damselfly – garden pond Inverpark Lochinver, 7th June (Ian M. Evans)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly – Alltanabradhan, 7th June (Roz Summers)

Common Darter Dragonfly – Alltanabradhan, 7th June (Pat A. Evans)

Red Admiral – single on track to Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th June (DAH)

ORCA – pod of 4 (2 males 2 females) off Stoerhead Lighthouse from 16:00 to 19:30, they came within not more than 300 metres off shore, 6th June (DAH and 20 others!). Photo on Gallery-Marine.

Common Dolphin – 3 pods with a total of 60+ animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – 2 feeding from 11am to mid afternoon off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (DAH)

Weasel – one running across road near Oldany, 4th June (Ian and Pat Evans)

Purple Milk-vetch Astragalus danicus – in flower Clachtoll, 4th June (Ian and Pat Evans). Photo on Gallery-Flowering Plants and Ferns.

Minke Whale – observed feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse from around 11am – 3pm, 4th June (DAH)

Stoat – 4 (2 adults 2 juveniles) Clachtoll, 3rd June (DAH). The adults carried the juveniles by the scruff of their necks up a near verticle rocky slope.

Harbour Porpoise – single in Bay of Clachtoll watched by many at campsite for 20 minutes, 3rd June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Old Man of Stoer, 1st June (reported)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st June (DAH)

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Recent Sightings

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Pink-footed Goose

single skein of c130 birds heading south-east over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)


single animal crossing road at Culag River bridge, Lochinver (DAH) (14/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)


c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)