Sightings – July 2016

July 1st 2016

BIRDS

Black-headed Gull – single adult Oldany estuary, 31st July (DAH)

Willow Warbler 4 (adult and 3 juveniles) Oldany, 31st July (DAH)

Stonechat – 3 (adult and 2 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 31st July (DAH)

Greenshank – single bird calling over Culkein Drumbeg, 30th July (DAH)

Merlin – male hunting Culkein Stoer, 29th July (DAH)

Common Tern – 6 adults feeding Bay of Culkein, 29th July (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 adults Bay of Culkein, 29th July (DAH)

Sanderling – single adult Bay of Culkein, 29th July (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single juvenile Bay of Culkein, 29th July (DAH)

Kittiwake – 22 (20 adults, 1 1st-summer, 1 Juvenile) feeding Bay of Culkein, 29th July (DAH)

Little Grebe – 3 (2 adults 1 juvenile) Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 26th July (DAH)

Dipper – single River Kirkaig, 26th July (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 3 (2 adults 1 chick) Loch Kirkaig, 26th July (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 6 (2 adults 4 juvenile) Loch Kirkaig, 26th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single adult Loch Kirkaig, 26th July (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 4 adults Loch Kirkaig, 26th July (DAH)

Oystercatcher – c130 Clashnessie Bay, 25th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 4 (2 adults 2 juvenile) near Raffin, 24th July (DAH)

Redwing – 2 adults Stoer, 23rd July (Howard and Julie Grey)

Sanderling – 2 adults Bay of Culkein, 23rd July (DAH)

Dunlin – 13 (11 adults 2 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd July (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 4 (3 adults 1 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd July (DAH)

White Wagtail – single bird Bay of Culkein, 23rd July (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 7 (6 adults 1 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd July (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 2 (adult female and juvenile) Oldany estuary, 23rd July (DAH)

Shag – 13 (4 adults 9 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd July (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 14 Oldany, 22nd July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 (1 pale and 1 dark morph) Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st July (DAH)

Sand Martin – 2 near Raffin, 21st July (DAH)

Stonechat – 3 (adult male and two juveniles) near Raffin, 21st July (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – juvenile feeding in garden Lochinver, 20th July (Ann MacLeod)

Common Gull – c110 Loch an Aigeil, 20th July (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 adults Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 20th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – two flying and calling over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th July (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single bird Clashnessie Bay, 17th July (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Greenshank – single adult Bay of Culkein, 17th July (DAH). Several of today’s sightings would suggest that the ‘Autumn’ migration has started!

Dunlin – 3 Bay of Culkein, 17th July (DAH)

Curlew – 2 Bay of Culkein, 17th July (DAH)

Eider – single eclipse male Bay of Culkein, 17th and 23rd July (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single immature bird Bay of Culkein, 17th July (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – juvenile bird on garden feeder Inchnadamph, 16th July (Helen Morrison)

Black-headed Gull – single adult Lochinver harbour, 15th July (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 4 near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – bird seen flying past Stoerhead Lighthouse heading north carrying food on several occasions, 13th July (DAH). It is most likely the bird was heading to Handa Island.

Twite – 5 near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th July (DAH)

Osprey – single bird ‘fishing’ Loch Kirkaig, 11th July (Jim Roberts)

Merlin – female plucking Swallow near Raffin, 10th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Curlew – 3 near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Osprey – bird seen near sluices at west end of Loch Assynt, 8th July (Ian Evans)

Sparrowhawk – female resting on rock in middle of River Inver, 8th July (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 3 (2 adults, 1 juvenile) on loch in east Assynt, 6th July (DAH)

Woodpigeon – 5 over Lagg, 6th July (DAH)

Common Scoter – 30 flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th July (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – 2 juveniles on garden feeder, 4th July (Ian Evans)

Curlew – single bird Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Arctic Tern – 2 Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 4 (2 adults, 2 1st-summer) Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Starling – c30 (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 8 (5 adults, 3 juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 5 (2 adults, 3 juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 4th July (DAH)

Golden Plover – single bird Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd July (Jim and Corinne France)

Greenfinch – 2 (1 adult, 1 juvenile) Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd July (DAH)

Goldfinch – 5 (3 adults, 2 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd July (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Humpback Whale – single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse far out near the horizon, 24th July (Ian MacDonald)

White-beaked Dolphin – 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd July (DAH). A rare sighting for this side of the Minch as this is a deep water species.

Minke Whale – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c 40 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd July (DAH)

Speckled Wood butterfly – Loch Poll track, 22nd July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c10 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st July (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – two pods, c12 and c30, off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c30 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th July (DAH)

Basking Shark – single heading north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th July (DAH)

Magpie Moth – large number from Stoerhead Lighthouse to Stoer Hall, 9th July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 (3 adults, 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th July (DAH)

Common Lizard – River Inver path near fishing hut, 8th July (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th July (DAH)

Otter – single in Clashnessie Bay, 4th July (reported)

Common Dolphin – 5 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th July (DAH)

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

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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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