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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