Sightings – April 2015

April 1st 2015

BIRDS

Mallard ducklings – at Clachtoll 30th April (Norma Brown)

Whimbrel – 2 clachtoll 30th april (Andy Summers)

Great Northern diver – Lochinver bay 29th-30th April (Andy Summers)

Black-throated Diver – pair Loch Drumbeg, 29th April (DAH). This is not a breeding loch but is regularly used by this species at this time of year, which is great as they look stunning.

Blackcap – male on peanut feeder Balchladich, 27th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

White Wagtail – 6 Bay of Culkein, 27th April (DAH)

Dunlin – single Culkein Stoer, 27th April (DAH)

Whimbrel – 4 Culkein Stoer, 1 Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH), 1 Loch an Aigeil (Howard Grey) all 27th April

Golden Plover – c150 Culkein Stoer, 27th April (DAH)

Dipper – single on River Inver near Brackloch, 26th April (Les and Liz Pearce)

Ring Ouzel – single female feeding in garden Culkein Drumbeg, 25th, 26th and 27th April (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 24th April (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 feeding over Loch na Claise, 24th April (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch na Claise, 24th April (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single Loch na Claise, 24th April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 14 (7 pairs) Loch na Claise, 24th April (DAH)

Redwing – single Culkein Drumbeg, 23rd April (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 23rd April (DAH)

House Martin – several at Inchnadamph, 22nd April (Helen Morrison)

Eider – 8 males flew past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd April (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – 2 immature birds flew past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd April (DAH)

Greenshank – single Oldany Estuary, 21st April (DAH)

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

Redwing – single Culkein Drumbeg, 21st April (DAH)

Blackcap – single male in garden Nedd, 20th April (Ian Evans)

Merlin – single female near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th April (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 5 (2 adult 3 2nd summer) flew past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th April
(DAH)

Greenshank – calling near Lochan an Tairbh, Torbreck, 19th April (Gwen Richards)

Buzzard – displaying near Clachtoll, 19th April (Liz Burns)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Maiden Loch Clachtoll, 18th April (Liz Burns)

Goldeneye – pair on Loch Assynt near Inchnadamph, 18th April (Helen Morrison)

Common Sandpiper – single Loch Drumbeg, 18th April (DAH). A good way to end a busy day for migrants.

Golden Plover – c120 Culkein Stoer, 18th April (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – single Bay of Culkein, 18th April (DAH)

White Wagtail – 3 males Bay of Culkein, 18th April (DAH)

Dunlin – 3 Bay of Culkein, 18th April (DAH)

Knot – single Bay of Culkein, 18th April (DAH). A rare spring record.

Turnstone – 22 Bay of Culkein, 18th April (DAH)

Swallow – single Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) and 3 around pier Lochinver (Les Pearce), 18th April

Snow Bunting – male still feeding around car park Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th, 19th, 20th April (DAH). Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Cuckoo – calling Ardvar, 17th April (Beccy Garvie)

Redwing– 4 in garden at Clachtoll, 17th April (Andy Summers)

Snow Bunting – single male Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th April (Leigh Sedgley)

Lesser Redpoll – 2 Culkein Drumbeg, 17th April (DAH)

Bullfinch – pair Culkein Drumbeg, 17th April (DAH)

Whimbrel – 5 Stoer green, 16th April (Ian Evans)

Linnet – 5 Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th April (DAH)

Willow Warbler – feeding in willow tree Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 15th April (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 feeding over Loch Awe, 15th April (DAH)

Goldeneye – 10 (1 male 9 female) Loch Awe, 15th April (DAH)

Goosander – single male Loch Awe, 15th April (DAH)

Greenshank – 3 east end Loch Assynt, 15th April (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – 5 near Tumore path Gleann Leireag, 15th April (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Loch an Aigeil, 14th April (Howard Grey)

Cuckoo – calling Lochinver, 13th April (Jess Thomas)

Merlin – female Bay of Culkein, 13th April (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 13th April (DAH)

Turnstone – 10 Bay of Culkein, 13th April (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – 3 (2 male 1 female) Bay of Culkein, 13th April (DAH)

Golden Plover – 35 Culkein Stoer, 13th April (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 14 Balchladich Bay, 13th April (DAH)

Teal – 8 (3 male 5 female) Loch na Claise, 13th April (DAH)

Wigeon – single male Loch na Claise, 13th April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 13 (5 male 8 female) Loch na Claise, 13th April (DAH)

Willow Warbler – in garden Balchladich, 12th April (Gordon and Lesley Slight)

Great Black-backed Gull – c80 Oldany Estuary, 12th April (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – single Oldany Estuary, 12th April (DAH)

Golden Plover – single over Culkein Drumbeg, 11th April then 6 on 12th April (DAH)

Snow Bunting -pair top of Quinag, 10th April (AS)

Ptarmigan – several birds, male and female Canisp, 10th April (Dave McBain). Photos on Gallery-Birds.

Redwing – still reports of 20’s and 30’s from various locations including 20+ Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) and c30 Nedd (Ian Evans), both 10th April. Read more and see some photographs at Bird Snippets

Merlin – female hunting near Raffin, 10th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – c140 flying north over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th April (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – single feeding on water off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th April (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 2 adults off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th April (DAH)

Kestrel – female Culkein Drumbeg, 10th April (DAH)

Jackdaw – 16+ Elphin, 8th April (DAH)

Dipper – single on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 8th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – c130 heading west over Loch Dhrombaig, 8th April (DAH)

Teal – 2 pair on lochan near Badnaban, 8th April (Les and Liz Pearce)

Eider – 11 (5 male 6 female) Bay of Culkein, 7th April (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 4 Bay of Culkein, 7th April (DAH)

Lapwing – 10 Culkein Stoer, 7th April (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Culkein Stoer, 7th April (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 71 feeding Culkein Stoer, 7th April (DAH). This is an unusually large number of greylags and is most probably a group on migration to Iceland being held back by the windy and misty weather today.

Red-throated Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 7th April (DAH)

Razorbill – 5 Loch Dhrombaig, 7th April (DAH)

Redwing – 11 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH), c20 Nedd (Ian Evans), c50 Inchnadamph (Helen Morrison), c40 Little Assynt Tree Nursery (Les and Liz Pearce) all 7th April. Looks like a wave of Icelandic/Faroese birds moving through.

Pink-footed Goose – c140 flying west over Loch Dhrombaig, 6th April (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 6th April (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Loch Drumbeg, 6th April (DAH)

Greenshank – 2 Oldany Estuary, 5th April (DAH)

Kestrel – 2 females near Clashnessie, 5th April (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 5th April (DAH)

Kittiwake – 100+ loafing on water off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th April (DAH)

Fulmar – 85+ on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th April (DAH)

Osprey – First for the summer at Culkein Stoer 5th April (Stuart Belshaw)

Redwing – c20 on croft Torbreck, 4th April (Gwen Richards)

Snipe – single bird flying around croft Culkein Drumbeg, 4th April (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 calling Loch Nedd, 4th April (Ian Evans)

Greenshank – bird calling Loch Nedd, 4th April (Ian Evans). Our first reported Greenshank of 2015.

Osprey – single over Culkein Stoer, 3rd April (Stuart Belshaw)

Goldeneye – 8 (2 male 6 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 2nd April (Ian Evans)

Golden Eagle – 3 off Quinag, 2nd April (DAH)

Golden Plover – c30 Culkein Stoer, 2nd April (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Golden Eagle – immature bird seen coming from the trig point on Sidhean Mor, Stoer, and heading north east, 2nd April (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Snow Bunting – 2 Balchladich, 1st April (Howard Grey)

Great Skua – single over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st April (DAH). Our first Skua of 2015, last year’s first date was 7th April.

Thrushes – 15 – mixed flock of Song Thrush and Redwing Culag Park, Lochinver, 1st April (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Otter – Lochinver bay, 27th April (andy Summers)

Stoat – hunting on, around and in dry stone wall Culkein Drumbeg, 23rd April (DAH)

Bank Vole – 2 under carpet in garden Torbreck, 21st April (Gwen Richards)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th, 19th and 20th April (DAH)

Woodland dor beetle Anoplotrupes stercorosus – in garden Nedd, 19th April (Ian Evans)

Common Carder Bumblebee – in garden Nedd, 19th April (Ian Evans)

Weasel – found dead in garden Stoer, 17th April (Gwen Richards)

Harbour Seal – 42 Oldany Estuary area, and one Grey Seal, 17th April (DAH)

Cowslips – starting to flower on the machair at Achmelvich beach, 17th April (Andy Summers)

Common Carder Bumblebee – First for the spring at Clachtoll, 17th April (Andy Summers)

Slow-worm – behind Drumbeg Stores, 15th April (Wendy Glover)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th April (DAH)

Red Admiral butterfly – single in garden Inver Park, Lochinver, 19th April (Morag MacLennan)

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly – single flying Culkein Drumbeg, 10th April (DAH)

Green Tiger Beetle – 2 near Torbreck, 10th April (Gwen Richards)

White-tailed Bumblebee – First for the spring at Clachtoll, 9th April (Andy Summers)

Otter – adult at Loch Crocach, 9th April (Andy Summers)

Harbour Porpoise – numerous sightings off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd April (Leigh Sedgley)

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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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