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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