Sightings in November 2014

November 2nd 2014

BIRDS

Bullfinch – female near old salt-house Nedd, 30th November (Ian Evans)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 30th November (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Oldany Estuary, 30th November (Jim and Corinne France)

Mallard – 20 (10 pairs) Loch Neil Bhain, 29th November (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – single female Bay of Culkein, 29th November (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 47 Bay of Culkein, 29th November (DAH)

Ptarmigan – winter plumage bird summit of Quinag, 28th November (Dave McBain)

Snow Bunting – single male Little Assynt, 28th November (Andy Summers)

Goosander – 2 males Ledbeg River near Cam Loch, 28th November (Andy Summers)

Goldeneye – 4 (2 male 2 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 28th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig and single Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 28th November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 4 (2 adult 2 juvenile) Loch Awe, 27th November (Andy Summers)

Tawny Owl – near Ardvar, 27th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Woodcock – 5+ near Ardvar, 27th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Whooper Swan – 4 (2 adult 2 juvenile) Lochan Saile, Achmelvich, 26th November (Romany Garnett)

Snow Bunting – 3 (1 male 2 female) Stoerhead Lighthouse, 26th November (DAH)

Fulmar – 6 off Point of Stoer, 26th November (DAH)

Brambling – single female Clachtoll, 26th November (Andy Summers)

Great Northern Diver – 5 off Bay of Clachtoll, 25th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 6 Bay of Culkein, 25th and 29th November (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 2 Balchladich Bay, 25th November (DAH)

Teal – 20 (4 male 16 female) Loch na Claise, 25th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 8 (4 male 4 female) Loch na Claise, 25th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 (2 male 1 female) Loch na Claise, 25th November (DAH)

European Storm-petrel – single bird flew into house window Lochinver, 23rd November (Liam Taylor). This ‘1st-winter’ bird, which was most likely exhausted, was rescued by Liam and kept quiet and warm overnight before being released the following day by Andy Summers, Highland Council Ranger. It is very difficult to feed these tiny pelagic birds as they feed on marine plankton. Photos on Gallery-Birds.

Teal – 9 (4 male 5 female) Oldany Estuary, 23rd November (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 7 on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd November (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 11 feeding near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd November (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – female on garden feeder, Torbreck 21st November (Gwen Richards)

Long-tailed Tit – 5 on trees at White Shore, Culag Woods, 21st November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 feeding on thistle heads near Lochinver Primary School, 21st November (DAH)

Blackbird – 8 feeding on Culag park, Lochinver, 21st November (DAH)

Curlew – 15 Stoer Green, 21st November (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 12 Loch Poll track, 20th November (DAH)

Goldcrest – 4+ near Culkein Drumbeg, 20th November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 10 Achmelvich beach car park, 19th November (Romany Garnett)

Fieldfare – 16 over Loch nan Eun, north-east side of Quinag, 19th November (DAH)

Little Grebe – single on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, near Drumbeg, 17th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Iceland Gull – single 2nd-winter bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th November (DAH)

Shag – c150 on sea off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 9 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – 20 Raffin, 17th November (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 5+ Nedd, 16th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Dipper – single on river at Glenleraig Bridge, 16th November (DAH)

Velvet Scoter – the single immature bird is still present on Loch Nedd, 16th November (DAH) and 20th November (Ian Evans)

Goldeneye – pair still on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, near Drumbeg, 16th November (DAH)

Woodcock – single near Oldany, 15th November (DAH)

Eider – 7 (1 adult male, 3 females, 3 1st-winter males) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th November (DAH)

Golden Plover – single bird Rubh’an Dunain, 15th November (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 2 Rubh’an Dunain, 15th November (DAH)

Black-throated and Red-throated Diver – single of each off Rubh’an Dunain, 15th November (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – single bird looking to make a meal of some of the waders Bay of Culkein, 15th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Bay of Culkein and 3 off Rubh’an Dunain, 15th November (DAH)

Lapwing – single adult Bay of Culkein, 15th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – 7 in roadside trees Nedd, 14th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Blackbird – 7 Oldany Farm, 13th November (DAH). Again all these birds were 1st-winter males and females and probably winter visitors.

Buzzard – 2 Culkein Drumbeg and Oldany Farm, 13th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 9 (3 male 6 female) Oldany Estuary, 13th November (DAH)

Redwing – 19 Balchladich, 11th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 11 (5 male 6 female) Loch na Claise, 11th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 males Loch na Claise, 11th November (DAH)

Chiffchaff – single feeding in trees Culkein Stoer, 11th November (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 16 Culkein Stoer and 23 Balchladich, 11th November (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single Bay of Culkein, 11th November (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 11th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 45 Bay of Culkein, 11th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – pair on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, near Drumbeg, 10th November then two males 11th November (Ian and Pat Evans)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Nedd, 10th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 2 pair Oldany Estuary and Loch Nedd, 10th November (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Oldany Estuary, 10th November (DAH)

Grey Heron – 16 (8 adult, 5 2nd-winter, 3 1st-winter) Oldany Estuary, 10th November (DAH)

Mallard – 16 (10 male 6 female) Oldany Estuary, 10th November (DAH)

Shag – 25 on off shore island Culkein Drumbeg, 10th October (DAH)

Velvet Scoter – single young bird Loch Nedd, 9th November (Ian Evans) and 10th (DAH). This is a rare record for Assynt and it seems to be the first ever winter one with all previous three occurring in the middle of the year (1978, 1992 and 1996).

Bullfinch – single male in garden Balchladich, 9th November (Gordon Sleight)

Kittiwake – c800 loafing off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th November (DAH)

Rock Pipit – 28 Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH). Not a bird we mention often but the large number today is notable and most probably involves migrant birds from over the North Sea.

Oystercatcher – 45 Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 31 Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Jackdaw – 39 Elphin, 8th November (DAH)

Peregrine – took a thrush out of the air near Elphin, 8th November (DAH)

Redwing – only 3 Culkein Stoer, 7th November (DAH). The numbers of Redwing seem to have dropped away in the last few days, there were c75 here on the 2nd (GR)

Fieldfare – 3 Culkein Stoer, 7th November (DAH)

Mallard – 9 (3 male 6 female) Bay of Culkein, 7th November (DAH)

Blackbird – 4 1st-winter males Culkein Drumbeg, 7th November (DAH). It is very likely that these are Scandinavian winter migrants.

Greenfinch – 12+ on peanut feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 6th November (DAH)

Blackcap – female in garden Balchladich, 5th November (Gordon Sleight)

Reed Bunting – male in garden Balchladich, 5th November (Gordon Sleight)

Brambling – female in garden Balchladich, 5th November (Gordon Sleight)

Common Scoter – juvenile female Clashnessie Bay, 5th November (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – 1st-winter female near path to Baddidarach from Achmelvich road, 5th November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 6 near path to Baddidarach from Achmelvich road, 5th November (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 4 road to Achmelvich, 5th November (DAH)

Little Grebe – 3 Lochan Saile, Achmelvich, 5th November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 12 on feeders Torbreck, 4th November (Gwen Richards)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch Inver, 4th November (AS)

Collared Dove – 34 Inver Park, Lochinver, 4th November (AS)

Barnacle Goose – 18 on Eilean Chrona, 3rd November (DAH)

Carrion Crow – single Culkein Stoer, 3rd November (DAH). This bird was feeding with a pure Hooded Crow and three hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crows, possibly the family group.

Red-throated Diver – single Bay of Culkein, 3rd November (DAH)

Turnstone – 4 Bay of Culkein, 3rd November (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 34 Bay of Culkein, 3rd November (DAH)

Teal – 6 (1 male 5 female) Loch na Claise, 3rd November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 13 (4 male 9 female) Loch na Claise, 3rd November (DAH)

Goldeneye – single male Loch na Claise, 3rd November (DAH)

Greenfinch – 3 Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd November (DAH)

Redwing – c75 Culkein Stoer and c30 Balchladich, 2nd November (Gwen Richards)

Whooper Swan – 4 (2 adult 2 juvenile) Loch an Aigeil, 2nd 5th and 7th November (DAH)

Curlew – 20 Stoer green, 2nd November (DAH)

Chaffinch – 22 in garden Clachtoll, 1st November (AS)

 

OTHERS

Weasel – single ran out of workshop Nedd, 29th November (John Ross)

Winter semi-slug Vitrina pellucida – single specimen under board, Glenleraig fank (NC1531), 25th November (Ian Evans). More details at Other Invertebrate Snippets.

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Clachtoll, 25th November (DAH)

Slugs – six species of slugs under timber and stone at Culkein Drumbeg (NC1033), including 2nd Highland record of the vulgar slug Arion vulgaris, 23rd November (Ian and Past Evans). More details at Slugs Galore

The Goblet Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis – very distinctive dark funnel-shaped toadstool about 6cm. tall in grassland, Nedd, 16th November (Pat Evans, det. Ian M Evans). Photo on Gallery-Fungi.

Harbour Porpoise – 5 including a calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th November (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th November (DAH)

Common Seal – 8 Clashnessie Bay, 15th November (DAH)

Weasel – running across road Alltanabradhan, Clachtoll, 13th November (Roz Summers). This is a new locality for this species.

Dog Vomit Slime Mould Mucilago crustacea – on grass near Loch Poll track, 13th November (DAH). Photograph from last year of this species on Gallery-Fungi.

Common shrew – two dead on doorstep (killed by cat) Lochend, Stoer, 10th November (Mark Campbell)

Risso’s Dolphin – 5 (3 adults and 2 calves) feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd November (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 off Balchladich, 3rd November (DAH)

Minke Whale– single young animal off Balchladich, 3rd November (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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