Sightings – April 2016

April 1st 2016

BIRDS

Cuckoo – birds heard at several locations – Nedd (Ian Evans); Inchnadamph (Helen Morrison) and Gleann Leireag (DAH) all 30th April

Common Sandpiper – single on salt marsh at Nedd Bridge, 30th April (DAH)

Chiffchaff – single seen and heard near Nedd Bridge, 30th April (DAH)

Lapwing – three Maiden Loch Clachtoll, 29th April (Ian Evans)

Black-throated Diver – pair on Loch Assynt, 29th April (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)

Barn Owl – near south-east corner of Quinag, 29th April (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)

Bullfinch – male on garden feeder Baddidarach, 29th April (Chris and Fran Barley)

Golden Plover – bird singing in display flight Culkein Drumbeg, 29th April (DAH)

Goldfinch – 3 Culkein Drumbeg, 29th April (DAH)

Snipe – single Culkein Drumbeg, 29th April (DAH)

Cuckoo – bird heard near Ardvar, 29th April (Becky Garvie)

Red-breasted Merganser – 3 pairs Achmelvich Bay, 28th April (Gwen Richards)

Redwing – 35+ in Aspens Nedd, 28th April (Ian Evans)

Wood Warbler – single in garden Baddidarach, 28th April (Chris and Fran Barley)

Divers – 5 Great Northern and single Black-throated and Red-throated off Clachtoll, 28th April (DAH)

Whimbrel – 6 Clachtoll, 28th April (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 30 on spit near filling station Lochinver, 28th April (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single Loch Druim Suardalain, 28th April (DAH)

Yellowhammer – 5 (2 pair and a single male) Glencanisp, 28th April (DAH)

Blackcap – singing male Glencanisp, 28th April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – pair Lochan Sgeireach, 28th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 2 skeins over Culkein Drumbeg heading north-west total birds c300, 28th April (DAH)

Grasshopper Warbler – bird heard ‘reeling’ Ardvar, 28th April (Becky Garvie)

Song Thrush – single seen carrying food near Oldany, 27th April (DAH). More breeding evidence.

Great Skua – 14+ past Stoerhead Lighthouse within c30 minutes, all heading towards Handa, 27th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 17 heading north over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 27th April (DAH)

White Wagtail – 2 (male and female) Balchladich, 27th April (DAH)

Redwing – 10 Balchladich, 27th April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 6 (4 male 2 female) Loch na Claise, 27th April (DAH)

Cuckoo – single seen near Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 26th April (Eddie Strachan). First confirmed record for 2016 – 8 days later than last year.

Siskin – single fledgling seen begging food from adult Torbreck, 26th April (Michael Rochester). Some of our summer migrants haven’t even arrived yet!

Ring Ouzel – single male near Unapool, 25th April (Eddie Strachan)

Bullfinch – male in garden Nedd, 25th April (Ian Evans)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Bay of Culkein, 25th April (DAH)

Turnstone – 4 Bay of Culkein, 25th April (DAH)

Dunlin – 5 Bay of Culkein, 25th April (DAH)

Greenshank – two at head of Loch Nedd together with a single Redshank, 24th April (Ian Evans)

Sand Martin – c40 feeding over Loch Awe, 22nd April (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Loch Drumbeg, 22nd April (DAH)

Linnet – single male Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd April (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – pair at Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 22nd April (AS)

White Wagtail – single at Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 22nd April (AS)

Common Sandpiper – single Loch Inver, 21st April (Rob Archer)

Slavonian Grebe – single bird gaining its breeding plumage Loch Inver, 21st April (Bill Scott, Rob Archer, et al.)

Swallow – single Drumbeg, 21st April (DAH)

Moorhen – single Loch an Aigeil, 21st April (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 near Raffin, 21st April (DAH)

Whimbrel – single flying over Clachtoll 10pm, 21st April (AS)

Whimbrel – single Bay of Culkein, 20th April (Rob Archer)

Swallow – single Bay of Culkein, 20th April (Rob Archer)

Fulmar – 85 on cliffs around Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th April (DAH). This appears to be an increasing colony.

Red-throated Diver – 4 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th April (DAH)

Swallow – single around garden Balchladich, 19th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight). The first 2016 record (2015 was 18th April).

Whooper Swan – 10 over Balchladich, 19th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Merlin – male near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 32 over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Manx Shearwater – 5 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Puffin – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (DAH)

Willow Warbler – singing Culag Wood, 18th April (AS)

Redwing – 12 Strathan, 17th April (AS)

Oystercatcher – 32 Inverkirkaig bay, 17th April (AS)

Greenshank – 2 at Inverkirkaig bay, 17th April (AS)

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

Common Gull – 42 Bay of Culkein, 17th April (DAH)

Redshank – 32 Oldany estuary, 16th April (DAH)

Greenshank – 2 Oldany estuary, 16th April (DAH)

Lesser Redpoll – pair Loch Poll Hydro track, 16th April (DAH)

Chiffchaff – single singing Loch Poll Hydro track, 16th April (DAH)

Willow Warbler – single singing in garden Nedd (Ian Evans), 3 singing Loch Poll hydro track (DAH) and single in Lochinver (Jane Young) all 16th April

Kittiwake – c250 feeding off Clashnessie Bay, 15th April (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single adult Clashnessie Bay, 15th April (DAH)

Curlew – pair at Clachtoll, 15th April (AS)

Greylag Goose – 21 at Clachtoll, 15th April (AS)

Grey Wagtail – 2 around Ardvar for last two weeks (Becky Garvie)

Twite and Linnet – 74 and 25 respectively at Clachtoll ringed by Tony Mainwood, 14th April

Whimbrel – single flying over Clachtoll, 14th April (Roz Summers)

**Common Crane** – 2 Loch na Claise, 13th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight et al.). A very rare record for Assynt. Photo at Gallery-Birds.

Tufted Duck – 3 (2 male 1 female) Loch na Claise, 13th April (DAH)

Shelduck – 2 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th April (DAH)

Gannet – 30+ past Stoerhead Lighthouse in 2-3 minutes, 13th April (DAH)

Redwing – 5 Raffin, 13th April (DAH)

Eider – 3 (1 male, 1 female, 1st-summer male) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th April (DAH)

Redwing – single on path to Loch Crocach, 12th April (AS)

Golden Eagle – single male flying over Clachtoll, 12th April (AS)

Redwing – 3 Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 12th April (DAH)

Brambling – male in garden Clashmore, 11th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Goldeneye – Pair at Achmelvich bridge lochs, 11th April (AS)

Grey Wagtail – single on Culag River, 11th April (Les and Liz Pearce)

Rook – single adult feeding Culkein Stoer, 11th April (DAH). A rare record this far north-west in Assynt; occasional sightings are reported from Elphin.

Golden Plover – 4 Culkein Stoer, 11th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 27 over and 20 feeding on croft land Culkein Stoer, 11th April (DAH)

White Wagtail – 2 (1 male 1 female) Bay of Culkein, 11th April (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 5 Bay of Culkein, 11th April (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 11th April (DAH)

Brambling – female in garden Baddidarach, 10th April (Chris and Fran Barley)

Lapwing – 11-12 birds at Clachtoll, 10th April (AS)

Lapwing – 8 birds Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer, 10th April (AS)

Greenshank – pair at Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer, 10th April (AS)

Snow Bunting – single female at Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer, 10th April (AS)

Osprey – single bird fishing on Loch Assynt, 10th April (Helen Morrison)

Pink-footed Goose – c250 over Oldany estuary, 10th April (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 10th April (DAH)

Eider – 6 (4 male 2 female) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 10th April (DAH)

Teal – pair at Loch an Ordain, 10th April (AS)

Goosander – pair on Lochan an lasgaich, River Inver, 9th April (Rosemary Baines)

Greenshank – adult calling at Clachtoll, 9th April (AS)

Mistle Thrush – Torbreck 9th April (AS)

Willow Warbler – in Clashmore garden, 8th April (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Chiffchaff – adult singing in Culag woods near harbour, 8th April (AS)

Twite – 47 at Clachtoll, 8th April (AS)

Snipe – Clachtoll, 8th April (AS)

Whooper Swan – 2 adults Loch Neil Bhain, 9th April (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – 11 skeins totalling c1600 birds past Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) and 200+ over Little Assynt (Julie Grey), 8th April. The southerly wind this morning has given these birds the weather they will have been waiting on to migrate to their breeding grounds in Iceland/Greenland.

Blackcap – male on garden feeder Baddidarach, 6th and 7th April (Chris and Fran Barley). Photo Gallery-Birds.

Twite – 7 Stoer cemetery, 7th April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 5 (3 male 2 female) Loch na Claise, 7th April (DAH)

Golden Plover – 12 Balchladich, 7th April (DAH)

Lapwing – 11 Culkein Stoer, 7th April (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 3 adults Bay of Culkein, 7th April (DAH)

Eider – 12 (6 pairs) off Bay of Culkein, 7th April (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 7th April (DAH)

Greenshank – 2 Loch Neil Bhain, 7th April (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single Lochan Fearna, Lagg, 7th April (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – pair Loch Drumbeg, 7th April (DAH)

Greenshank – 2 Oldany Estuary, 5th April (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – large female Culkein Drumbeg, 5th April (DAH)

Teal – pair Loch Neil Bhain, 4th April (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Bay of Clachtoll, 3rd April (Paul Burnett)

Common Gull – c95 Clachtoll, 3rd April (DAH)

Tufted Duck – pair Lochan Sgeireach, 3rd April (DAH)

Little Grebe – 4 Lochan Sgeireach, 3rd April (DAH)

Lapwing – 2 near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd April (DAH)

Shag – c100 on sea off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd April (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 9 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd April (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – single in garden Torbreck, 2nd April (Michael Rochester)

Lesser Redpoll – male in garden Torbreck, 2nd April (Michael Rochester). Photo at Gallery-Birds.

Yellowhammer – male in garden Torbreck, 2nd April (Michael Rochester)

Stonechat – pair Little Assynt, 2nd April (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 Inverkirkaig, 2nd April (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – single bird Loch Kirkaig, 2nd April (DAH)

Greenshank – single bird Loch Kirkaig, 2nd April (DAH)

Twite – 2 females Culkein Drumbeg, 2nd April (DAH)

Snipe – single bird performing vocal ‘chip-per chip-per’ song near Oldany, 2nd April (Alice Park)

Goldeneye – single male on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 1st April (Paul Burnett)

White-tailed Eagle – single over Raffin, 1st April (Leigh Sedgley)

Redwing – 164 Culag Park, Lochinver, 1st April (AS). This included one bird with an excess of white in its plumage. Photo Gallery-Birds.

Goldeneye – two pairs on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 1st April (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – pair on Loch Drumbeg, 1st April (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – pair on Loch Dhrombaig, 1st April (DAH)

Starling – c40 Culkein Drumbeg. 1st April (DAH)

Redwing – c30 in trees around Nedd garden, 1st April (Ian Evans)

 

OTHERS

Common Lizard – sunning itself on boulder at south-east corner of Quinag, 29th April (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)

Common Seal – 60+ Oldany estuary, 29th April (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 27th April (DAH)

Slow-worm – one found dead on road at Oldany Farm, 27th April (DAH)

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

Otter – large male Bay of Culkein, 21st April (Rob Archer)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th April (Tam and Priscilla Barnshaw)

Common Carder Bumblebee – Clachtoll garden, 16th April (AS)

Common Seal – c30 Oldany estuary area, 16th April (DAH)

Common ground-hopper Tetrix undulate – Airigh a’Bhraighe, near Lochinver, 15th April (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)

Oil beetle Meloe violaceus – first record of the year Airigh a’Bhraighe, near Lochinver, 15th April (Gordon Sleight/Ian Evans)

Mountain Hare – single animal changing from winter to summer coat Sail Gharbh, Quinag, 14th April (AS)

Palmate Newt – 2 Inverkirkaig, 13th April (Bronia Henry). Photo at Gallery-Amphibians and Reptiles.

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

Green Tiger Beetle – path to Loch Crocach, 12th April (AS)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th April (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – 5 adults and a calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th April (DAH et al.)

Harbour Porpoise – numerous sightings off Stoerhead Lighthouse with maximum pod size of 5, 4th April (DAH)

Minke Whale – single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse for around 1 hour, 3rd April (DAH et al.)

Harbour Porpoise – numerous sightings of singles and pairs throughout the day off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd April (Leigh Sedgley et al.)

Common Lizard – two basking in the sun in garden Badnaban, 2nd April (Les and Liz Pearce)

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Recent Sightings

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)

Sparrowhawk

single bird hunting through trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

Glaucous Gull

single 1st-winter bird Balchladich Bay (DAH) (09/12)

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