Sightings – January 2015

January 31st 2015

BIRDS

Eider – 15 (mixed sex flock) Bay of Culkein, 30th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 5 Bay of Culkein, 30th January (DAH)

Buzzard – very light variant just south of Ledmore junction, 29th January (Bill and Val Badger)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single still showing well Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 29th January(Ian and Pat Evans)

Fieldfare – single near Ardvar Bridge, 27th January (Ian and Pat Evans)

Dipper – 2 River Inver opposite Coigach-Assynt tree nursery, 27th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – single male River Inver opposite Coigach-Assynt tree nursery, 27th January (DAH)

Curlew – 23 Stoer Green, 27th January (DAH)

Brambling – using feeders Culag building Lochinver, 26th January (Paul Hendrich)

Woodcock – singles near Oldany and Nedd, 25th January (Ian and Pat Evans)

Barnacle Goose – 28 Culkein Stoer, 25th January (DAH)

Starling – c75 Culkein Stoer, 25th January (DAH)

Mixed gulls – 5 species Bay of Culkein: 47 Common; 5 Herring; 3 Great Black-backed; 2 Black-headed and 1 Glaucous (2nd winter), 25th January (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 25th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 35 Bay of Culkein, 25th January (DAH)

Goldfinch – 6 Drumbeg, 24th January (DAH)

Golden Plover – 21 Clachtoll, 23rd January (AS)

Curlew – 8 on machair at Achmelvich, 23rd January (AS)

Fieldfare – single Elphin, 22nd January (DAH)

Jackdaw – 5 on garden feeders Elphin, 22nd January (DAH)

Peregrine – hunting to east side of Quinag over A894, 22nd January (DAH)

Teal – 8 (3 male 5 female) Oldany estuary, 21st January (DAH)

Hooded Crow – 16 birds at cattle feeding trough, Ledmore, 21st January (AS)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 Culkein Drumbeg, 21st January (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 21st January (DAH)

Cormorant – 12 in Lochinver bay, 5 adults, 7 first winter and one with leg ring, 20th January (AS)

Dipper – adult singing along River Inver at Inveruplan, 20th January (AS)

Twite – single feeding in garden Culkein Drumbeg, 20th January (Corinne France)

Goldfinch – 13 Glencanisp road Lochinver, 20th January (DAH)

Golden Plover – 4 Clachtoll, 20th January (DAH)

Mallard – 20 Loch an Aigeil, 20th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 female Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 20th January (DAH)

Twite – 84 birds caught and ringed at Clachtoll by Tony Mainwood, 19th January

Reed Bunting – 3 (2 male 1 female) in garden Balchladich, 19th January (Gordon Sleight)

Brambling – pair on garden feeder Balchladich, 19th January (Gordon Sleight)

Purple Sandpiper – 8 on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th January (DAH)

Razorbill – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th January (DAH)

Guillemot – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th January (DAH)

Bullfinch – single male near Lagg, 19th January (Ian Evans)

Kestrel – female Culkein Stoer, 18th January (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 18th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 9 Bay of Culkein, 18th January (DAH)

Dipper – single Oldany estuary, 18th January (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Oldany estuary, 18th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 18th and 21st January (DAH)

Little Grebe – single on small unnamed loch near Torbreck, 17th January (Gwen Richards)

Cormorant – single Loch Awe, 17th January (Gwen Richards)

Tufted Duck – 4 Loch Awe, 17th January (Gwen Richards)

Goldeneye – 4 Loch Awe, 17th January (Gwen Richards)

Curlew – 22 Stoer Green, 17th January (AS)

Brambling – female still at Clachtoll, 17th January (AS)

Herring Gull – c145 in the air and on rocks at fish farm Loch Dhrombaig, 17th January (DAH). Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Tufted Duck – 13 (3 male, 10 female) Loch Drumbeg, 16th January (DAH)

Eider – c25 mixed sex flock off Bay of Culkein, 16th January (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single still showing well Bay of Culkein, 16th and 18th January (DAH)

Mixed Thrushes – 11 Redwing; 7 Song Thrush; 2 Fieldfare and 2 Blackbird Oldany Farm, 16th January (DAH)

Brambling – female in garden at Clachtoll, 15th January (AS)

Redwing – 10 at Clachtoll,  15th January (AS)

Black-headed Gull – single at Clachtoll,  15th January (AS)

Cormorant – 6 in Lochinver bay,  15th January (AS)

Wigeon – single male Culkein Stoer, 14th and 18th January (DAH)

Tufted Duck – single male Loch na Claise, 14th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – single male Loch na Claise, 14th January (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 2 1st-winter Balchladich Bay and 4 (2 adult, 2 1st-winter) Bay of Culkein, 14th January (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – single 2nd-winter bird Balchladich Bay, 14th January (DAH)

Redwing – 5 Balchladich, 14th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Clashnessie Bay, 14th January (DAH)

Kestrel – near Nedd/Drumbeg cattle grid, 14th January (Ian and Pat Evans)

Great Northern Diver – Clachtoll,  13th January (AS)

Lapwing – 3 near communications mast Raffin, 13th January (Leigh Sedgley)

Great Black-backed Gull – 28 Loch Dhrombaig, 13th January (DAH)

Lapwing – 5 Culkein Stoer, 11th January (DAH)

Shelduck – single flew over Culkein Stoer, 11th January (DAH)

Curlew – 5 Culkein Stoer, 11th January (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 32 Culkein Stoer, 11th, 14th and 18th January (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 5 Culkein Stoer, 11th January (DAH)

Starling – 50+ Culkein Stoer, 11th January (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bay of Culkein, 11th and 14th January (DAH)

Rock Pipit – 12 Bay of Culkein, 11th January (DAH)

Turnstone – 57 Bay of Culkein, 11th January (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 37 Bay of Culkein, 11th January (DAH)

Redshank – 6 Bay of Culkein, 11th January (DAH)

Sanderling – 3 Bay of Culkein, 11th and 14th January (DAH)

Barn Owl – single hunting side of road between Clashnessie and Strathcroy, 10th January (Derek Spenser)

Black Guillemot – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 8th January (DAH)

Carrion Crow and Hybrids – seen feeding Culkein Stoer, 7th January (Andy Summers). This is the first sighting of the hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crows this year.

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 8th January (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 7th January (Andy Summers)

Oystercatcher – 51 Bay of Culkein, 7th January (Andy Summers)

Turnstone – 32 Bay of Culkein, 7th January (Andy Summers)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 6th January then two on 8th January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Nedd, 5th January (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – single female Nedd, 5th January (DAH)

Treecreeper – single Nedd, 5th January (DAH)

Great Tit – 6 preening in the same tree Nedd, 5th January (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 (2 male, 1 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 5th January (DAH)

Redwing – 3 Drumbeg, 5th January (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th January (Paul Burnett)

Teal – 4 (2 male 2 female) Oldany Estuary, 4th January (DAH)

Mixed feeding flock – 9 Long-tailed Tit; 2 Goldcrest; 1 Treecreeper and 1 Blue Tit near Culkein Drumbeg, 4th January (DAH)

Woodcock – single near Culkein Drumbeg, 4th January (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 6 Rubh’an Dunain, 3rd January (Andy Summers)

Purple Sandpiper – 2 Rubh’an Dunain, 3rd January (Andy Summers)

Turnstone – 16 Rubh’an Dunain, 3rd January (Andy Summers)

Eider – 14 off Rubh’an Dunain, 3rd January (Andy Summers)

Barnacle Goose – 24 near Rubh’an Dunain, 3rd January (Andy Summers)

Curlew – 6 Oldany Estuary, 3rd January (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Oldany Estuary, 3rd January (DAH)

Grey Heron – 5 Oldany Estuary, 3rd January (DAH)

Jack Snipe – single flying Culkein Drumbeg, 2nd January (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – female on garden feeder, 1st January and then male on 3rd January both Nedd, (Ian and Pat Evans)

Gannet – single adult off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (DAH)

Kittiwake – 4 off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 5 males Culkein Stoer, 1st January (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 24 Culkein Stoer, 1st January (DAH)

Sanderling – single Bay of Culkein, 1st and 2nd January (DAH)

Turnstone – 3 Bay of Culkein, 1st January (DAH)

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

Black Guillemot – singles Loch Dhrombaig and off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig; 5 Bay of Culkein and 2 off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Pygmy Shrew – Dead on path at Little Assynt estate, NC151 265, 23rd January (AS)

Otter – Beyond Lochinver Pier, 17th January (AS)

Otter – feeding in huge sea off Rubh’an Dunain, 9th January (Paul Burnett)

Painted Lady butterfly – single reported in house Lochinver, 7th January (Richard Sloan). This is evidence of this migratory species attempting to hibernate.

Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria – came to house light Nedd, 5th January (Ian Evans). Photo on Gallery-Moths.

Otter – dead one beside road at Elphin, 4th January (Rosie Christmas)

Harbour Seal – 17 Oldany Estuary/Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 3rd January (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Rubh’an Dunain, 1st January (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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