On Sunday 5th April 2015, David and Avril Haines and I were looking under stones on the cliff-top below the Stoerhead Lighthouse carpark (NC0032), as you do when a haar rolls in, and any passing cetaceans are invisible!
Avril found a small (5.5mm), shiny, black weevil, which I retained, since I cannot identify them in the field. It was a broad-nosed weevil, Otiorhynchus arcticus, related to the notorious vine weevil, but with a much more restricted distribution. It is found under stones on mountain tops, mainly in Scotland, but descends to sea level in the north and west, like some montane plants (e.g. moss campion Silene acaulis). The only other local record I have to hand is a of a couple I found on 7th May 2011 just down the coast, near Balchladich (NC0230).
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three off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)
15+ north-west of Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)
22 Culkein Stoer and 14 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (18/08)
Waders on Migration
Dunlin 7; Sanderling 1; Ringed Plover 42; Redshank (juveniles) 2; Oystercatcher 49; Turnstone 3; Curlew 8 and Whimbrel 1, all Bay of Culkein/Culkein Stoer (DAH) (18/08)
single bird near Clashnessie (DAH) (18/08)
single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (11/08)
immature bird off Kirkaig Point (Adrian Stabler) (08/08)
Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata)
single beetle foraging, Culkein Stoer (DAH). This appears to be only the third record of this species for Assynt, the last being in 2008 near Inchnadamph. It is probably very under recorded. Photos Gallery - Beetles (08/08)