Sightings – November 2015

November 1st 2015

BIRDS

Purple Sandpiper – 2 Rubh’an Dunain, 30th November (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 25 Culkein Stoer, 30th November (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 4 adults Bay of Culkein, 30th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 5 Bay of Culkein and 25 Rubh’an Dunain, 30th November (DAH)

Barn Owl – east of Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 29th November (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Tawny Owl – hunting around Loch Drumbeg when not yet fully dark, 29th November (DAH)

Gannet – 24+ feeding off Culkein Drumbeg, 29th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 4 (2 male, 2 female) Loch Drumbeg, 27th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 (1 male, 2 female) Loch Drumbeg, 27th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Lochinver bay, 26th November (Andy Summers)

Curlew – 18 Clachtoll 26th November (Andy Summers)

Red Grouse – 2 Little Assynt, 25th November (Gwen Richards/Ian Evans) and 30th November (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Reed Bunting – single Loch an Ruighein, Little Assynt, 25th November (Gwen Richards/Ian Evans)

Dipper – 3 River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 25th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 (2 males 1 female) Loch an Aigeil, 25th November (DAH)

Curlew – 15 Loch an Aigeil, 22nd November (Jane Mallalieu)

Great Northern Diver – single off Bay of Clachtoll, 22nd November (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 2 Clachtoll, 22nd November (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 5+ along old road at Brackloch, 22nd November (Ian Evans/Clarinda Chant/Gwen Richards)

Turnstone – 31 Bay of Culkein, 21st November (DAH)

Kestrel – hunting near Balchladich, 21st November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 4 males Loch na Claise, 21st November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 2 females Loch na Claise, 21st November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single Clashnessie Bay, 21st November (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Ruighean ‘an Aitinn, 21st November (DAH)

Barn Owl – flew over road near Loch nan Eun, Lochinver, 20th November (Vanessa Ling)

Grey Wagtail– single male on road Glendarroch, 18th November (Chris Barley)

Goldeneye – single eclipse plumage male Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 17th November (DAH)

Snow Bunting – 3 near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th November (Leigh Sedgley and Mal Edwards)

Kestrel – male hunting Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Shag – 43 on island off Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 2 skeins (15 and 20) over Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Curlew – 8 Oldany Estuary, 15th November (DAH)

Snow Bunting – single male Culkein Stoer, 14th November (Gwen Richards)

Golden Plover – 3 Culkein Stoer, 14th November (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 12 Culkein Stoer, 14th November (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 14 (12 adult, 2 1st-winter) Bay of Culkein, 14th November (DAH)

Knot – single Bay of Culkein, 14th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 50 Bay of Culkein, 14th November (DAH)

Chiffchaff – single bird Culkein Drumbeg, 12th November (DAH)

Redwing – 3 Culkein Drumbeg, 12th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 14 (8 male, 6 female) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 12th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 11th November (DAH)

Blackbird – 8 1st-winter birds Culag Park, Lochinver, 11th November (DAH)

Merlin – single female Culkein Stoer, 10th November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 7 (4 adult, 3 juvenile) over Culkein Stoer, 10th November (DAH)

Jack Snipe – single Culkein Stoer, 10th November (DAH)

Snipe – 2 Culkein Stoer, 10th November (DAH)

Hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow – single Culkein Stoer, 10th November (DAH). This may be one the hybrids from 2014 or there was another successful breeding again this year. However, the Carrion Crow has not been seen for many months.

Red-breasted Merganser – 4 females Bay of Culkein, 10th November (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Loch Drumbeg, 6th November (DAH)

Chaffinch – 15+ near Lagg, 6th November (DAH)

Blackbird – 8 near Strathcroy, 6th November (DAH)

Redwing – 18 Clashmore, 4th November (Leigh Sedgley)

Great Northern Diver – 10 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th November (DAH)

Kittiwake – 45 feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th November (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 32 Balchladich, 4th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 10 (6 male, 4 female) Loch na Claise, 4th November (DAH)

Wigeon – single female Loch na Claise, 4th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 6 (4 male, 2 female) Loch na Claise, 4th November (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single Bay of Culkein, 3rd, 10th, 21st and 30th November (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 3rd, 10th and 21st November (DAH)

Turnstone – 2 Bay of Culkein, 3rd November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 6 adults Loch Neil Bhain and 9 (6 adult, 3 juvenile) over Clashnessie, 3rd November (DAH)

Teal – 6 (4 male, 2 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 3rd November (DAH)

Redwing – 40 Stoer, 3rd November (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 4 adults Bay of Stoer, 3rd November (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single Bay of Stoer, 3rd November (DAH)

Moorhen – 2 Loch an Aigeil, 3rd November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 11 (5 male, 6 female) Oldany estuary, 3rd November (DAH)

Slavonian Grebe – single Clashnessie Bay, 2nd November (DAH)

Black Guillemot – single Clashnessie Bay, 2nd November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 2nd November (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – single Glencanisp Lodge, 2nd November (DAH)

Goldcrest – 4+ road to Glencanisp, 2nd November (DAH)

Kestrel – male near Strathcroy, 2nd November (DAH)

Brambling – male and female on garden peanut feeder Clashmore, 1st November (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Gannet – 10+ feeding Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 1st November (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 1st November (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Grey Seal – 2 Bay of Culkein, 30th November (DAH)

Common Toad – adult in garden Nedd, 23rd November (Ian Evans)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th November (DAH)

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

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Recent Sightings

Goosander

single female on Oldany River (DAH) (16/12)

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

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)

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