Sightings – August 2016

August 1st 2016

BIRDS

Whimbrel – single seen flying over Clachtoll, 31st August (AS)

Linnet – 24 birds at Clachtoll, 30th August (AS)

White-tailed Eagle – adult seen off Oldany Island, 28th August (DAH)

Sanderling – single juvenile Bay of Culkein, 28th August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 52 (19 adult 33 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 28th August (DAH)

Dunlin – 23 (8 adult 15 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 28th August (DAH)

Raven – 15 flying together near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 28th August (DAH)

House Martin – 13 on phone wires Culkein Drumbeg, 27th August (DAH)

Swallow – 21 on house roof Culkein Drumbeg, 27th August (DAH)

Curlew – 20 Oldany Estuary, 26th August (DAH)

Peregrine – female hunting Bay of Culkein, 26th August (DAH)

Golden Plover – single near Raffin, 25th August (DAH)

Merlin – female chasing Meadow Pipit off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Sanderling – 7 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Curlew – 4 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Goldfinch – c55 feeding on knapweed on croft Clachtoll, 23rd August (AS)

Common Gull – 35 Bay of Clachtoll, 23rd August (Andrew Powers)

Arctic Skua – 3 dark morph Clachtoll, 23rd August (Andrew Powers)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Bay of Stoer, 23rd August (Derek & Andrew Powers)

Red-throated Diver – 3 (1 adult 2 juveniles) Balchladich Bay, 23rd August (DAH)

Shag – 80+ Balchladich Bay, 23rd August (DAH)

Ruff– single juvenile Reeve Bay of Culkein, 23rd August (DAH). Photo Gallery-Birds

Redshank – single juvenile Bay of Culkein and 4 juveniles Balchladich Bay, 23rd August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 62 (36 adult 26 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd August (DAH)

Sanderling – 8 (1 adult 7 juvenile) Bay of Culkein and 27 (5 adult 22 juvenile) Balchladich Bay, 23rd August (DAH)

Dunlin– 36 (3 adult 33 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd August (DAH)

Knot – 7 (2 adult 5 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 23rd August (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – Clashnessie, 22nd August (AS)

Black-throated Diver – 18 Achmelvich Bay, 22nd August then 19 on 23rd August (Russell Powers)

Dunlin – single bird Bay of Clachtoll, 22nd August (Andrew Powers)

White-tailed Eagle – single bird out from Clachtoll, 22nd August (Andrew Powers)

Redshank – single bird flew over Oldany estuary, 22nd August (DAH)

Swallow – 16 (adults and juveniles) on telephone wires Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd August (DAH)

Tawny Owl – single bird calling Culkein Drumbeg 9.40pm, 21st August (DAH)

Curlew Sandpiper – 1 juvenile Bay of Culkein, 21st and 23rd August (DAH). Photo Gallery-Birds

Knot – 3 adults Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Sanderling – 3 (2 adult 1 juvenile) Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Redshank – 17 Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Dunlin – 31 (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 13 Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 3 (2 winter plumage adults and 1 1st-winter) Bay of Culkein, 21st August (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 2 (1 dark and 1 light morph) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th August (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 4 in trees near bank building Lochinver, 20th August (DAH)

Osprey – single bird over River Inver, 18th August (Stewart Belshaw)

Sparrowhawk – female Clachtoll, 18th August (Andrew Powers)

Twite – c60 (adults and juveniles) Culkein Stoer, 18th August (DAH)

Starling – c250 (adults and juveniles) Culkein Stoer, 18th August (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 juveniles Culkein Stoer, 18th August (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 10 (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 18th August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 17 (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 18th August (DAH)

Dunlin – 5 juveniles Bay of Culkein, 18th August (DAH)

Black Guillemot – single 1st-winter bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th August (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 near Split Rock Clachtoll, 17th August (Andrew Powers)

Kittiwake – 200 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th August (DAH)

Arctic Skua – single dark morph over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th August (DAH)

Tawny Owl – single bird seen and heard calling from top of wooden electricity pole at 10pm, Culkein Drumbeg, 14th August (DAH)

Swallow – 14 over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th August (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th August (DAH)

Bullfinch – pair near Oldany Farm, 13th August (DAH)

Lesser Redpoll – 11 over Loch Poll woodland, 13th August (DAH)

Twite – 20 Culkein Stoer, 11th August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – c40 Bay of Culkein, 11th August (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single juvenile Clachtoll, 11th August (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single bird calling as it flew across Loch Inver at 11pm, 9th August (DAH)

House Martin – 2 feeding low over River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 7th August (DAH)

Arctic Skua – two over Stoerhead Lighthouse (1 pale 1 dark morph), 5th August (DAH)

Merlin – single over Stoer, 4th August (DAH)

Curlew – 4 Culkein Stoer, 3rd August (Gwen Richards)

Twite – 12 Culkein Stoer, 3rd August (DAH)

Starling – c150 Culkein Stoer, 3rd August (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 24 (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 3rd August (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird still in breeding plumage Bay of Stoer, 1st August (DAH)

Cormorant – adult and juvenile Bay of Stoer, 1st August (Gwen Richards)

Twite – party of 10 around Clachtoll, 1st August (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single off Clachtoll, 1st August (DAH)

Buzzard – adult and juvenile near Clachtoll, 1st August (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Bottlenose Dolphin – 8 including one calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (Tam Barnshaw)

Minke Whale – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c15 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 16 in total seen off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 Bay of Clachtoll 24th August (Derek Powers)

Risso’s Dolphin – 4 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 24th August (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 5 Achmelvich Bay 23rd August (Andrew & Russell Powers)

Harbour Porpoise – 5 including at least one calf and two other pods of 3+ off Clachtoll, 23rd August (AS)

Dolphin species – 8+ off Soyea Island, 23rd August (Roger Glover)

Risso’s Dolphin – 2 males off Balchladich Bay, 23rd August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c80 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd August (DAH)

Stoat – 1 Clachtoll, 22nd August (Tom Peden)

Harbour Porpoise – 5 including at least one calf off Culkein Stoer, 21st August 4pm (AS)

Otter – single animal Bay of Clachtoll, 21st August (Andrew Powers)

Common Dolphin – 150-200 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st August (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adult 1 juvenile) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Bay of Clachtoll. 20th August (Andrew Powers)

Common Dolphin – 100+ in 4 pods off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 20th August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 40+ off Bay of Clachtoll, 17th August (Andrew Powers)

Common Dolphin – c150 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th August (DAH)

Slow-worm – single in garden of Torbreck House, 15th August (Maisie Steel-Jessop)

Sunfish – single off Achnacarnin, 15th August (Graham Pogson)

Common Dolphin – c18 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th August (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adult and 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th August (DAH). These animals were close enough to be seen without binoculars. Photo of two animals at Gallery-Marine.

Common Hawker dragonfly – 4 Loch Poll track, 13th August (DAH)

Otter – large dog in Oldany River, 13th August (DAH)

Otter – 3 (mother and 2 cubs) Badnaban Bay, 5th August (Dave Bird)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th August (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 (2 adults and 2 calves) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th August (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c 140 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th August (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 3rd August (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – 5 off Clachtoll, 1st August (Reported)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Achmelvich, 1st August (Joe Barnes)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Clachtoll, 1st August (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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