Sightings – October 2015

September 30th 2015

BIRDS

Slavonian Grebe – single in Bay of Culkein, 30th October (Paul Burnett). Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Teal – 14 Oldany estuary, 27th October (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 28 Loch na Claise, 26th October (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Barnacle Goose – 8 over Rubh’an Dunain, 26th October (DAH)

Redwing – c30 Culkein Stoer, 26th October (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – female through garden Torbreck, 25th October (Gwen Richards)

Fieldfare – c45 Torbreck, 24th October (Gwen Richards)

Dipper – 2 on river near Glenleraig Bridge, 24th October (Ian Evans)

Whooper Swan – 69 (49 and 20) over Culkein Drumbeg, 24th October (DAH). Photo on Gallery-Birds.

Pink-footed Goose – 84 over Culkein Drumbeg, 24th October (DAH)

Curlew – 15 around Loch an Aigeil, 23rd October (Ian Evans)

Goldfinch – 10 feeding on knapweed Clachtoll, 23rd October (DAH)

Redwing – 5 Achnacarnin, 23rd October (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 127 over Stoer peninsula (skeins of 40, 12, 18, 22 and 35), 23rd October (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 3 Rubh’an Dunain, 23rd October (DAH)

Turnstone – 22 Rubh’an Dunain, 23rd October (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Bay of Culkein, 23rd October (DAH)

Golden Plover – 5 over Culkein Stoer, 23rd October (DAH)

Fieldfare – 40 Culkein Drumbeg, 23rd October (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 18 over Culkein Stoer, 20th October (DAH)

Fieldfare – c20 Torbreck, 19th October (Gwen Richards)

Redwing – 24 Culkein Drumbeg, 19th October (DAH)

Goldfinch – 10 Culkein Drumbeg, 19th October (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th October (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – single female Bay of Culkein, 17th October (DAH)

Grey Heron – 10 Oldany estuary, 17th October (DAH)

Jack Snipe – single Culkein Drumbeg, 17th October (DAH)

Fieldfare – 45 Culkein Drumbeg, 17th October (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 2 skeins – 30 and 15 past Stoerhead Lighthouse and 3 skeins – 19, 40 and 90 over Culkein Drumbeg, 16th October (DAH). More migrants arriving from Greenland.

Iceland Gull – single adult past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th October (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – 8 Culkein Drumbeg, 16th October (DAH)

Moorhen – single Loch na Claise, 16th October (DAH)

Teal – 3 Loch na Claise, 16th October (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 9 Loch na Claise, 16th October (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 2 females Culkein Drumbeg, 14th October (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single still in summer plumage Bay of Culkein, 14th October (DAH)

Golden Plover – 4 Culkein Stoer, 14th October (DAH)

Great Skua – single over Bay of Culkein, 14th October (DAH)

Merlin – female through waders Bay of Culkein, 14th October (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – female Culkein Stoer, 14th October (DAH)

Kestrel – hovering near Strathcroy, 14th October (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – single female Cam Loch, 13th October (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single adult flying over Cam Loch, 13th October (DAH)

Dipper – single Cam Loch, 13th October (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 4 Cam Loch, 13th October (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Awe, 13th October (DAH)

Thrushes – 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare on telephone wire Nedd, 13th October (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single Bay of Stoer, 12th October (DAH)

Curlew – 9 Bay of Stoer, 12th October (DAH)

Guillemot – 8 on water off Rubh’an Dunain and many more flying past, 12th October (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 15 over Rubh’an Dunain, 12th October (DAH)

Wheatear – single male Culkein Stoer, 12th October (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single female Bay of Culkein, 12th October (DAH)

Dunlin – single Bay of Culkein, 12th October (DAH)

Golden Plover – single calling over Culkein Drumbeg, 10th October (DAH)

Goldeneye – two females Loch Drumbeg, 10th October (DAH)

Tawny Owl – calling at 06:40 Culkein Drumbeg, 10th October (DAH)

Ptarmigan – single on eastern summit Suilven, 8th October (David Clark)

Kittiwake – 135 south past Stoerhead Lighthouse in 15 minutes, 8th October (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 7th October (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single juvenile bird flying around Raffin area, 7th October (DAH)

Kestrel – male hovering Raffin, 7th October (DAH)

Wheatear – single female/1st-winter bird Raffin, 7th October (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 200 over Balchladich, 4th October (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Whooper Swan – 8 Loch Neil Bhain, 4th October (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th October (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th October (DAH)

Knot – single Rubh’an Dunain, 4th October (DAH)

Turnstone – 12 Rubh’an Dunain, 4th October (DAH)

Swallow – 4 Culkein Stoer, 4th October (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 3 Culkein Stoer, 4th October (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Bay of Culkein, 4th October (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 4th October (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 34 Bay of Culkein, 4th October (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 6 over Oldany estuary, 3rd October (Roz Summers)

Goldfinch – c85 at Clachtoll feeding on knapweed, 2nd October (Andy Summers)

 

OTHER

Risso’s Dolphin – 8+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th October (DAH)

Slow-worm – on road near Oldany estuary (lifted to sunny spot on other side!), 27th October (DAH)

Red Admiral butterfly – single flying near Oldany Farm, 27th October (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th October (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 5 (4 adults 1 juvenile) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th October (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – 6+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th October (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Clachtoll, 11th October (Leigh Sedgley)

Common Dolphin – c100 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th October (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – pod of 3 and 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th October (DAH)

Red Admiral butterfly – single Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th October (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c40 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th October (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th October (DAH)

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Recent Sightings

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)

Redwing

c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)

Mistle Thrush

three birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (12/10)

Moorhen

four birds, Loch na Claise (DAH) (12/10)

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