Sightings – March 2016

March 1st 2016

BIRDS

Goosander – pair on River Inver, 31st March (Gwen Richards)

Redwing – c50 Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (Marion MacLeod)

Golden Plover – 3 near track to communications mast Stoerhead, 31st March (DAH)

Eider – 14 (7 pairs) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 31st March (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 on garden feeders Lochinver, 30th March (Ann MacLeod)

Wheatear – 3 males Clashmore, 30th March (DAH)

Goldeneye – male Loch an Aigeil, 30th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – 3 Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 30th March (DAH)

Greenshank – single Oldany estuary, 29th March (DAH)

Wheatear – single male at Pollan on road to Clachtoll, 30th March (AS)

Slavonian Grebe – single in adult plumage Lochinver bay, 30th March (AS)

Black-throated Diver – pair on Loch Assynt, 28th March (N & E Lindsay)

Curlew – 5 at Clachtoll, 28th March (AS)

Redwing – c15 Culag Park Lochinver, 28th March (Les and Liz Pearce)

Tufted Duck – 5 (3 male 2 female) Loch na Claise, 28th March (DAH)

Raven – 10 over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 28th March (DAH)

Great Skua – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 28th March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Loch Drumbeg and 1 Loch na Bruthaich, 28th March (DAH)

Greenshank – single Loch Drumbeg, 28th March (DAH)

Redwing – single at Clachtoll, 27th March (AS)

Teal– pair on small lochan Badnaban, 27th March (Les and Liz Pearce)

Black Guillemot – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 27th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 4 Loch Dhrombaig, 27th March (DAH)

Osprey – single bird over Little Assynt, 26th March (Rosemary Baines)

Eider – two pair Badnaban, 25th March (Dave Bird). Photo Gallery-Birds.

Whooper Swan – single adult Loch na Claise, 25th March (DAH)

Redshank – single Loch Neil Bhain, 25th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 7 Loch Neil Bhain, 25th March (DAH)

Stonechat – male on overhead wire near Stoer Primary School, 25th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – pair on Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 24th March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson)

Red-breasted Merganser – pair Achmelvich Bay, 24th March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson)

Sparrowhawk – single near Stoer, 24th March (Gwen Richards)

Fieldfare and Redwing – single and four respectively on croft Nedd, 24th March (Ian Evans)

Purple Sandpiper – 5 on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson)

Stonechat – pair on road to Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson)

Redwing – single at Raffin, 23rd March (DAH)

Eider – single male off Badnaban, 22nd March (David Bird)

Grey Wagtail – single bird seen at three locations along River Inver path Lochinver, 22nd March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson)

Treecreeper – single along River Inver path Lochinver, 22nd March (Alistair Iveson and Cathleen McGaw)

Black-throated Diver – 3 Loch Drumbeg, 22nd March (DAH)

Wheatear – single male old cemetery Stoer, 21st March (Howard Grey)

Reed Bunting – single on garden feeder Cathair Dhubh, 20th March (Roger Glover)

Little Grebe – pair on Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 20th March (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 19th March (Gwen Richards)

Turnstone – 18 Bay of Culkein, 19th March (Gwen Richards)

Lapwing – 18 Culkein Stoer, 19th March (Gwen Richards)

Redwing – single Culkein Stoer, 19th March (Gwen Richards)

Black-throated Diver – single on Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, Little Assynt, 17th March (Gwen Richards)

Stonechat – pair near footbridge on All Abilities Path, Little Assynt, 17th March (Gwen Richards)

Little Grebe – single on Ledmore River near Elphin, 17th March (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single juvenile Lochan Feoir, Quinag, 17th March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single on Loch Drumbeg, 17th March (DAH)

Cuckoo – distant bird heard calling Badnaban, 17th March (Les and Liz Pearce). A very early record for Cuckoo, 2015 – 14th April; 2014 – 19th April.

Woodcock – single bird has been visiting Badnaban garden since mid January to feed early morning. (Les and Liz Pearce). Les has kindly given us the link to his video on youtube, well worth a view. https://youtu.be/ApzPkhKZrIE

Whooper Swan – 6 over Stoer, 15th March (Julie and Howard Grey), then recorded on Loch na Claise later in the day (Gordon Sleight)

Purple Sandpiper – 7 on rocks below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th March (DAH)

Eider – 3 (2 male 1 female) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th March (DAH)

Song Thrush – 2 visiting garden feeder Badnaban, various dates during March, (Les and Liz Pearce). Photo Gallery-Birds

Lapwing – 14 Clachtoll, 14th March (AS)

Little Grebe – Single at Loch Sgeireach, Stoer, 14th March (AS)

Stonechat – Clachtoll peat road, 14th March (Roz Summers)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2 Loch Kirkaig, 14th March (DAH)

Common Gull – 36 Loch Kirkaig, 14th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 19 Culkein Stoer, 14th March (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 7 Bay of Culkein, 14th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 4 Bay of Culkein, 14th March (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 3 males Bay of Culkein, 14th March (DAH)

Turnstone – 20 Bay of Culkein, 14th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 30 over Loch Neil Bhain, 13th March (Gordon Sleight)

Yellowhammer – 2 males feeding on ground below garden seed feeder Lochinver,12th March (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 3 Badnaban, 11th March (Dave Bird)

Goldeneye – pair on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 11th March (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 on garden feeder Cathair Dhubh, 10th March (Roger Glover)

Barn Owl – on fence post near Stoer Hall, 10th March (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – single 1st-winter bird over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th March (DAH). Most likely the same bird as yesterday. Photo Gallery-Birds

Black-throated Diver – 2 in breeding plumage Loch Awe, 9th March (Bill Badger)

Whooper Swan – 4 (2 adult 2 immature) Loch Awe, 9th March (Bill Badger). Birds still present 12th March.

Glaucous Gull – single immature bird Balchladich Bay, 9th March (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)

White-tailed Eagle – juvenile bird over Clashnessie, 9th March (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 2 on sand Bay of Clachtoll, 9th March (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single off Clachtoll, 9th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 4 off Clachtoll, 9th March (DAH)

Skylark – 6 Clachtoll with two in full song flight, 9th March (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 on garden feeder Badnaban, 7th March (Dave Bird)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – garden of Glencanisp Lodge, Lochinver, 7th March (DAH)

Yellowhammer – male feeding on ground below garden seed feeder Lochinver, 7th March (DAH)

Fieldfare – 2 on machair at Achmelvich, 6th March (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)

Iceland Gull – single immature past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th March (DAH)

Gannet – 14 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 6 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th March (DAH)

Eider – c35 mixed sex group off Raffin, 6th March (DAH)

Curlew – 16 Stoer green, 5th March (Gwen Richards)

Mistle Thrush – 2 Oldany, (DAH) and 2 near Stoer cemetery, (Gwen Richards) both 5th March

Pied Wagtail – 2 males Balchladich, 5th March (DAH)

Golden Plover – 16 Culkein Stoer, 5th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 10 Balchladich and 7 Culkein Stoer, 5th March (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single immature Loch na Claise, 5th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch Drumbeg, 4th March (DAH)

Greenfinch – 5 Culkein Drumbeg, 4th March (DAH)

Curlew – 5 Oldany Estuary, 4th March (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 3 near Oldany, 4th March (DAH)

Fieldfare – 6 in and around garden Balchladich, 3rd March (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Goosander – 4 males displaying to single female on Loch Awe, 3rd March (AS)

Goldeneye – single pair on Loch Awe, 3rd March (AS)

Peregrine – over Culkein Stoer, 3rd March (DAH)

Song Thrush – 3 Culkein Stoer, 3rd March (DAH)

Carrion Crow – single bird Culkein Stoer, 3rd March (DAH)

Puffin – 4 off Culkein Stoer slipway, 3rd March (DAH)

Turnstone – 24 Bay of Culkein, 3rd March (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 3rd March (DAH)

Meadow Pipit – 22 flying over Stoer Primary School, 3rd March (DAH)

Lapwing – 3 Loch Neil Bhain, 3rd March (DAH)

Mallard – 7 (4 male 3 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 3rd March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 3rd March (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Harbour Porpoise – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th March (Leigh Sedgley)

Stoat – another stoat still in ermine at Clashmore, 26th and 27th March (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Frog Tadpoles – roadside ditch Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 27th March (DAH). These tadpoles were c10mm long but had ‘internalised’ their gills. Photo Gallery-Amphibians and Reptiles.

Stoat – animal still in ermine hunting in rabbit burrows Stoer, 24th March (Cathleen McGaw and Alistair Iveson). Photo montage Gallery-Land Mammals.

Orca – the two animals were seen again today, twice off Stoerhead Lighthouse and then later off Rubh’an Dunain, 22nd March (Leigh Sedgley and Paul Burnett respectively) Photos by Paul Burnett on Gallery-Marine.

Orca – a very early sighting of two males off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st March (Leigh Sedgley, et al.)

Harbour Porpoise – several sightings including one calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th March (DAH)

White-tailed Bumblebee – Clachtoll, 14th March (AS)

Honeybee – Clachtoll, 14th March (AS)

Red Admiral butterfly – single flying Culkein Stoer, 14th March (DAH)

Otter – Inchnadamph, 11th March (Chris Rix)

Toads – crossing road at Loch an Ordain, 11th March (AS)

Otter – sadly a dead dog otter was found on the road to Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th March (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Bay of Clachtoll, 6th March (DAH)

Otter – male off jetty Culkein Drumbeg, 6th March (Jim and Corinne France)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th March (DAH)

Frog Spawn – roadside ditch Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd March (DAH). Last year’s first record was 19th February

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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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