Sightings in September 2014

September 1st 2014

BIRDS

Swallow – 5+ over Nedd, 30th September (Ian Evans)

Common Scoter – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 29th September (Mark Fairhurst)

Whooper Swan – 3 over Culkein Stoer, 29th September (Ian Forbes)

Purple Sandpiper – 3 Rubh’an Dunain, 28th September (Ian Forbes)

Mistle Thrush – 3 Culkein Drumbeg, 28th September (DAH)

Merlin – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 28th September (DAH)

Goldfinch – 10 Achmelvich, 28th September (DAH)

Swallow – 3 Loch na Claise, 28th September (DAH)

Lapwing – 3 Loch na Claise, 28th September (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 7 (4 male 3 female) Loch na Claise, 28th September (DAH)

Peregrine – female over Loch na Claise, 28th September (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 8 Clashnessie Bay, 28th September (DAH)

Ptarmigan – single on Quinag, 26th September (Mike Meadway)

Wheatear – single male Culkein Stoer, 26th September (DAH)

Buzzard, Kestrel and Merlin – singles of each Culkein Stoer, 26th September (DAH)

Common Scoter – single male Bay of Culkein, 26th September (Corinne France)

Great Northern Diver – single still in breeding plumage Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Sanderling – 7 Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 5 Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Knot – 1 Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Turnstone – 23 Bay of Culkein, 26th September (DAH)

Buzzard – 4 circling high up and calling Glencanisp, 24th September (DAH)

Swallow – single Clashnessie, 24th September (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 9 Glencanisp, 24th September (DAH)

Great, Blue, Coal, and Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest – the trees along the River Inver walk are really ‘noisy’ now with dozens of these birds contact calling to each other.

Bullfinch – pair River Inver walk, 22nd October (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – in quarry near Torbreck, 21st September (Gwen Richards)

Linnet – c30 Clashmore, 21st September (DAH)

Goldfinch – 22 Clashmore, 21st September (DAH)

Merlin – single hunting near Raffin, 21st September (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – c100 in two skeins flying east over Culkein Drumbeg, 20th September (DAH)

Turnstone – single Bay of Culkein, 20th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 20th September (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 20th September (DAH)

Willow Warbler – single in garden Culkein Stoer, 20th September (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 6 (2 adult and 4 immature) Balchladich Bay, 20th September (DAH)

Lapwing – 4 Loch na Claise, 20th September (DAH)

Moorhen – adult and juvenile Loch na Claise, 20th September (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 3 Loch na Claise, 20th September (DAH)

Wigeon – 13 Loch na Claise, 20th September (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single Clashnessie Bay, 20th September (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single winter adult Clashnessie Bay, 20th September (DAH)

White Stork – flying up Loch Nedd and landing in trees late evening, 19th September (Ton Koot). This is a very rare sighting for Assynt, although not a first. Has anyone else seen this most recent bird?

White-tailed Eagle – 2 on Eilean Chrona, 19th September (John MacLeod). Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Tawny Owl – giving ‘kewick’ call at 03.15! Culkein Drumbeg, 18th September (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 14 Bay of Stoer, 19th September (reported)

Sparrowhawk – over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th September (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – 2 off Culkein Drumbeg, 15th September (Derek Spencer)

Slavonian Grebe – 2 still in breeding plumage Clashnessie Bay, 15th September (C and C Puddephatt)

Barn Owl – hunting Culkein Drumbeg, 15th September (DAH)

Wigeon – 9 Clashnessie Bay, 15th September (DAH)

Goldfinch – c60 Clachtoll, 15th September (DAH)

Dipper – 3 on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 15th September (DAH)

Geese – two skeins of geese recorded today both at approximately 15.45. One containing c30 birds seen flying south down the Minch (DAH) and the other with c70 birds flying east, south of Kylestrome (Ian and Pat Evans), 14th September. These were very likely the first Pink-footed Geese making their winter migration journey.

Sparrowhawk – female in rosebush, grounds of Maryck Museum of Childhood, Unapool, 14th September (Ian and Pat Evans)

Skylark – 5+ flying south over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th September (DAH). These will be migrant birds heading south for the winter.

Kestrel – single female near Achnacarnin, 13th September (DAH)

Redshank – 9 Bay of Culkein, 13th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 6 Bay of Culkein, 13th September (DAH)

Sand Martin – single Bay of Culkein, 13th September (DAH)

Snipe – single Culkein Stoer, 13th September (DAH)

Golden Plover – single Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th September (DAH)

Twite – c30 Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th September (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 5 out from Clashnessie Bay, 13th September (DAH)

Wheatear – 2 males in fresh autumn plumage Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th September (DAH)

Common Scoter – c50 flying south off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th September (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Oldany Estuary, 11th September (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – female being pursued by Swallows and Meadow Pipits Culkein Drumbeg, 11th September (DAH)

Common Scoter – 15 off Clashnessie Bay, 10th September (C and C Puddephatt)

Long-tailed Tit – 5 feeding in trees at Health Centre, Lochinver, 10th September (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 (females and immatures) Loch Kirkaig, 10th September (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 3 (2 adults, 1 first-winter) Loch Kirkaig, 10th September (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 5 Loch Kirkaig, 10th September (DAH)

Buzzard – 5 near Raffin, 10th September (Leigh Sedgley)

Red-throated Diver – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th September (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – pursuing House Martins over Loch Drumbeg, 8 September (Wendy Glover)

Rock Pipit – c12 Bay of Culkein, 8th September (DAH)

Knot – 2 juveniles Bay of Culkein, 8th September (DAH)

Turnstone – 3 Bay of Culkein, 8th September (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 8th September (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 32 Bay of Culkein, 8th September (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – house garden Nedd, 7th September (Nick Candlish)

Osprey – River Kirkaig, 7th September (reported)

Kestrel – juvenile male and female ‘sparring’ near Nedd, 4th September (DAH)

Merlin – female/juvenile Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd September (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

Knot – single juvenile Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Red Admiral – single near Duart, 27th September (DAH)

Common Darter – 2 flying near Glencanisp Lodge, 23rd September (DAH)

Speckled Wood butterfly – single flying Glencanisp, 23rd September (DAH)

Basking Shark – two sightings off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st September (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 6 including a calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st September (DAH)

Dragonflies – four species still flying along the top road between Gleann Leireag and Ardvar – on Loch na Claidhmhnean several male Common Darters basking on rocks and a male Emerald Damselfly on vegetation. The smaller loch to its east (NC164321) had a basking male Black Darter and patrolling Common Hawker, 17th September (Ian and Pat Evans). The weather on this day and for several days before had been very warm.

Otter – single animal ran across road near Stoerhead Lighthouse to the delight of many visitors, 16th September (Leigh Sedgley)

Common Toad – 2 removed alive from road drains at rear of Visitors Centre, Lochinver, 15th September (DAH). Sadly a large dead Frog was also removed so it’s time to start checking any road drains near you so any animals trapped can be removed. All you need is one of those small fishing nets on a pole.

Slow-worm – two adults, dead on road at bottom of cemetery track Nedd, 14th September (Ian and Pat Evans)

Risso’s Dolphin – single large male off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th and 14th September (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th September (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c80 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th September (DAH). These animals were recorded during the first day of Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s ‘Big Watch Weekend’ running from 12-14 September.

Common (Harbour) Seals – 46 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 11th September (DAH)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th September (C and C Puddephatt)

Common lizard – female (blue and yellow belly) dead and flat as a pancake under sheet of corrugated iron Drumbeg, 9th September (Ian Evans)

Frogbit Hydrocharis morsus-ranae – covering surface of garden pond Drumbeg, 9th September (Ian and Pat Evans)

Otter – male Loch Dhrombaig, 8th September (DAH)

Canary-shouldered Thorn moth Ennomos alniaria – single in moth trap Badnaban, 5th September (Les Pearce). Photo on Gallery-Moths.

Slow worm – on drive to Cathair Dhubh, 4th September (Roger Glover). Photo on Gallery-Amphibians and Reptiles.

Climbing corydalis Ceratocapnos claviculata – inside ruin of ‘Old Elder’s House’ Nedd, 3rd September (Ian Evans)

Risso’s Dolphin – 2 adults off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd September (DAH). These two animals were observed for over two and a half hours as they fed and ‘logged’ when their blow holes and the scarring on their backs could clearly be seen.

Harbour Porpoise – numerous sightings but largest number at one time was 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd September (DAH)

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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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