Sightings – July 2015

June 30th 2015

BIRDS

Swallow – 14 adults and juveniles over Culkein Drumbeg, 31st July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 pale morph over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 4 (2 dark and 2 pale morphs) Stoerhead Lighthouse, 27th July (DAH)

Great Skua – maximum at one time 8 around Stoerhead Lighthouse, 27th July (DAH)

Merlin – 2 over Duart, 26th July (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 47 Clashnessie beach, 24th July (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Black Guillemot – 8 on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd July (DAH)

Fulmar – c25 adults and 14 very downy chicks on cliffs below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 22nd July (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 females and well developed juveniles, River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 21st July (DAH)

Reed Bunting – adult male feeding juvenile near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 21st July (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – adult and two chicks Oldany Estuary, 20th July (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 11 (4 adults 7 goslings) Oldany Estuary, 20th July (DAH)

Swallow – 9 Culkein Drumbeg, 20th July (DAH)

Arctic Tern – c24 including at least one well developed juvenile on islands out from Culkein Drumbeg, 20th July (DAH)

Sanderling – 4 adults Bay of Culkein, 19th July (DAH). It would appear that the autumn passage migration has started!

Dunlin – 18 Bay of Culkein, 19th July (DAH)

Turnstone – 10 Bay of Culkein, 19th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 dark morph over Culkein Stoer, 19th July (DAH)

Golden Plover – 10 Culkein Stoer, 19th July (DAH)

Starling – 46 Culkein Stoer, 19th July (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Loch Neil Bhain, 19th July (DAH)

Song Thrush – 3 feeding Culkein Drumbeg, 19th July (DAH)

Osprey – single over River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 18th July (Gwen Richards)

Whimbrel – single feeding near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th July (DAH

Great Northern Diver – 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – single pale morph past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th July (DAH)

Common Tern – single feeding Clashnessie Bay, 14th July (DAH)

Oystercatcher – two adults with three well grown juveniles on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th July (DAH)

Linnet – 2 Culkein Stoer, 13th July (DAH)

Whimbrel – single Bay of Culkein, 13th July (DAH)

Curlew – 9 Bay of Culkein, 13th July (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – juvenile male on peanut feeder Inchnadamph, 10th July (Helen Morrison)

Starling – 24 juvenile birds on garden feeders Inchnadamph, 9th July (Helen Morrison). Photo Gallery-Birds.

Puffin – 2 adults on water off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – single pale morph over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 3 Bay of Culkein, 8th July (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single Bay of Culkein, 8th July (DAH)

Dunlin – 4 Bay of Culkein, 8th July (DAH)

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

Curlew – 5 Bay of Culkein, 8th July (DAH)

Bullfinch – feeding in Lochinver garden, 4th July (Ann Macleod)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – regular on garden peanut feeder Lochinver, (Ann Macleod)

Sand Martin – 2 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – single pale morph over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd July (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – sub-adult over Stoer peninsula, 1st July (reported)

Lapwing – 11 Culkein Stoer, 1st July (DAH)

Turnstone – 6 Bay of Culkein, 1st July (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st July (DAH)

Swift – 4 around Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st July (Leigh Sedgley)

Siskin – 3 Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 1st July (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Pine Marten – in garden Lochinver, 27th July (Anne Macleod)

Common Dolphin – 5 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 26th July (Jan Maclennan)

Scotch Argus butterfly – single Duart, 26th July (Ian Evans et al.)

Common Blue butterfly – several near Duart, 26th July (Claire Belshaw, et al.)

Meadow Brown butterfly – several near Duart, 26th July (DAH, et al.)

Orca (Killer Whale) – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th July (reported)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adult 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th July (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th July (Leigh Sedgley)

Adder – All-abilities Path, Little Assynt, 22nd July (Reported)

Meadow Brown butterfly – Culkein Drumbeg, 20th July (DAH)

Weasel – 2 near Skiag Bridge, 17th July (John Venters)

Common Dolphin – 8+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th July (DAH)

Bottlenose Dolphin – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 14th July (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Otter – feeding Clashnessie Bay, 14th July (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – mother and calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th July (DAH)

Small Heath butterfly – single at Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th July (DAH)

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

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th July (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – 8 (6 adults 2 calves), 3rd July (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd July (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st July (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – 7 (6 adults 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st July (Leigh Sedgley)

Small Tortoiseshell – single Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st July (DAH)

Red Admiral – single Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 1st July (DAH)

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Goosander

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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

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Dipper

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Long-tailed Tit

6+ birds in trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

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