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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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

three off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Common Dolphin

15+ north-west of Split Rock, Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (20/08)

Goldfinch

22 Culkein Stoer and 14 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (18/08)

Waders on Migration

Dunlin 7; Sanderling 1; Ringed Plover 42; Redshank (juveniles) 2; Oystercatcher 49; Turnstone 3; Curlew 8 and Whimbrel 1, all Bay of Culkein/Culkein Stoer (DAH) (18/08)

Merlin

single bird near Clashnessie (DAH) (18/08)

Goldeneye

single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (11/08)

White-tailed Eagle

immature bird off Kirkaig Point (Adrian Stabler) (08/08)

Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata)

single beetle foraging, Culkein Stoer (DAH). This appears to be only the third record of this species for Assynt, the last being in 2008 near Inchnadamph. It is probably very under recorded. Photos Gallery - Beetles (08/08)

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