Sightings – June 2016

June 1st 2016

BIRDS

Red-throated Diver – 2 adults Loch Dhrombaig, 28th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 adults Clashnessie Bay, 28th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single immature Clashnessie Bay, 28th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single bird Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 9 adults and 3 downy chicks Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Dunlin – 5 Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 2 adults and 3 juveniles Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Sedge Warbler – single bird Culkein Stoer, 25th June (James Pam)

Whimbrel – 2 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Wigeon – single male Bay of Culkein, 24th June (James Pam)

Cuckoo – bird flying pursued by pipits Clachtoll, 24th June (James Pam)

Swift – single bird feeding over Culkein Drumbeg, 24th June (DAH)

Sandwich Tern – 2 adults Bay of Culkein, 23rd June (James Pam). One bird had a metal BTO ring on its right leg and the other was already showing some white winter plumage feathers on its crown! Photo on Gallery-Birds

Short-eared Owl – single bird near Raffin, 23rd June (Leigh Sedgley). A rare record in Assynt, photo at Gallery-Birds.

Golden Plover – 2 over Raffin, 23rd June (DAH)

Whimbrel – single Raffin, 23rd June (DAH)

Common Scoter – c30 flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male still around at Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Dunlin – 3 Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 1 adult 2 chicks Loch Kirkaig, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Black-throated Diver – single Loch Kirkaig, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Peregrine – single over Loch Cul Fraioch, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Arctic Skua – 4 over Stoer Head, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Black-throated Diver – 5 adults Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 adults and 1 juvenile, 19th June Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Common Tern – 15+ Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Cuckoo – calling Achmelvich, 19th June (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 near Ledmore Junction, 18th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Sand Martin – 2 near Raffin, 18th June (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – 2 Loch na Bruthaich, 18th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – 4 Loch na Bruthaich, 18th June (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 adults and 3 juveniles Culkein Drumbeg, 17th June (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 2 adults and 2 juveniles Culkein Stoer, 1 adult and 3 juveniles Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th June (DAH)

Skylark – adult and juvenile Culkein Stoer, 17th June (DAH)

Wheatear – adult and 2 juveniles Culkein Stoer, 17th June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 17th June (DAH)

Dunlin – single Bay of Culkein, 17th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – single female Rubh’an Dunain, 17th June (DAH)

Siskin – 4 on garden feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 16th June (DAH)

Juvenile birds – Pied Wagtail and Wheatear near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – 3 Inverkirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Dunlin – single Loch Kirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

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

Red-breasted Merganser – 10 (mixture of females, eclipse males and juveniles) Loch Kirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Eider – 5 (3 adult female, 2 ducklings) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 13th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 3 (2 light and 1 dark morph) over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Shag – 73 on water off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Tawny Owl – young seen ‘branching’ near Inverkirkaig, 10th June (Gita Erram). Photo at Gallery-Birds.

Goldfinch – juvenile in garden Torbreck, 9th June (Gwen Richards)

Osprey – single feeding on the River Loanan near Bone caves, 9th June (AS)

Common Tern – 11 on rocks and feeding Bay of Stoer, 9th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – Single Bay of Clachtoll, 9th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – Single Bay of Clachtoll, 9th June (DAH)

Ring Ouzel – two pairs with fledged young at Bone caves, 8th June (AS)

Sanderling – 8 Bay of Culkein, 8th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Culkein Stoer and a single near Raffin, 8th June (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – juvenile on garden peanut feeder Nedd, 7th June (Ian Evans)

Pied Wagtail – with caught Golden-ringed Dragonfly near Inverkirkaig, 7th June (Ian Evans)

Common Crane – single over Loch Nedd, 7th June (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 2 families with 10 goslings in total Loch Dhrombaig, 7th June (Ken and Sarah Haines)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 7th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – 2 Oldany estuary, 7th June (DAH)

Eider – 3 (2 male 1 female) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 7th June (DAH)

Cuckoo – flying near Stoer Primary School, 6th June (DAH)

Chiffchaff – bird singing Nedd, 4th and 8th June (Ian Evans)

Short-eared Owl – seen hunting and perched near Loch Cul Fraioch, Culkein Stoer, 4th June (Nick Page)

Greylag Goose – 2 families with goslings Loch an Aigeil, 3rd June (Stevan Lockhart)

Lapwing – chicks seen near Culkein Stoer, 1st June (Nick Page)

Chiffchaff – male singing Culag Woods, 1st June (AS)

Great Northern Diver – single in Bay of Stoer, 1st June (AS)

Grasshopper Warbler – Male singing Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll, 1st June (AS)

Twite – pair at Achmelvich, 1st June (AS)

 

OTHERS

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adult 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 29th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse for around 3 hours, 23rd June (DAH)

Otter – 4 Loch Kirkaig, 21st June, (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Common Dolphin – c100 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Dark Green Fritillary butterfly – single in Torbreck garden, 18th June (Gwen Richards)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 adults and single calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Common Blue butterfly – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Meadow Brown butterfly – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single of Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 12 feeding close in at Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adults 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 50+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi – single around house Achnacarnin, 10th June (Stuart Belshaw)

Orca (Killer Whale) – 3 off Balchladich Bay, 10th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly – 3 on croft Torbreck, 9th June (Gwen Richards)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Large Red Damselfly – resting on rock Port Alltan na Bradhan, 9th June (DAH)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly – single hawking Port Alltan na Bradhan, 9th June (DAH)

Slow worm – single seen in Culag woods, 9th June (Murdo MacAskill, Lochinver pre-school)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 off Rubh’an Dunain, 8th June (DAH)

Painted Lady butterfly – single at Rubh’an Dunain, 8th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 20+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th June (DAH)

Oil beetle Meloe violaceus – single female Nedd, 6th June (Anne Nicoll)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Rustic Shoulder-knot moth Apamea sordens – single in light trap Torbreck, 20th June (Gwen Richards). This is the first record of this moth in Assynt. Photo on Gallery-Moths.

Damselflies – large red, common blue and blue-tailed species, All Abilities Path Little Assynt, 5th June (Ian Evans)

Painted Lady butterfly – 3 in garden Stoer, 4th June (Howard and Julie Grey)

Common Dolphins – c12 off Culkein Stoer, 2nd June (reported)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly – Loch Crocach, 1st June (AS)

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Goldeneye

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Goosander

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Dipper

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Long-tailed Tit

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