Sightings – September 2016

September 1st 2016

BIRDS

Blackcap – single female in garden Balchladich, 29th September (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Pink-footed Goose – c30 over Raffin (Leigh Sedgley) and c80 over Little Assynt (DAH), both 28th September (DAH)

Dipper – single feeding on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 28th September (DAH)

Swallow – 6 feeding Loch Kirkaig, 26th September (DAH)

Curlew – 4 Loch Kirkaig, 26th September (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – single adult Loch Kirkaig, 26th September (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – 2 birds seen over Loch Assynt, 23rd September (AS)

Red Kite – single bird recorded near Stoer (Robert Kinnaird) and over Raffin (David and June Hall), both 22nd September

Swallow – 6 on wires Culkein Drumbeg, 22nd September (DAH)

Buzzard – 4 over Achnacarnin, 21st September (DAH)

Lapland Bunting – 3 near track to communication mast Raffin, 20th September (DAH). Photo at Gallery-Birds

Skylark – single bird near Raffin, 20th September (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 (3 adults 1 juvenile) Culkein Stoer, 20th September (DAH)

Swallow – 2 Culkein Stoer, 20th September (DAH)

Great Skua – single bird Bay of Culkein, 20th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 12 Bay of Culkein, 20th September (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 4 females Oldany estuary, 19th September (DAH)

Grey Heron – 14 Oldany estuary, 19th September (DAH)

Curlew – 4 Oldany estuary, 19th September (DAH)

Lapland Bunting – 3 near track to communication mast Raffin, 16th September (Rob Thorpe). Photo at Gallery-Birds

Grey Plover – single adult Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH). A rare record for Assynt. Photos at Gallery-Birds

Red-throated Diver – single bird Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH)

Wigeon – single male in eclipse Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH)

Curlew – 2 Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH)

Sanderling – single adult Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 10 Bay of Culkein, 16th September (DAH)

Gannet – c120 feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th September (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – skein reported over Raffin (Leigh Sedgley) and Inchnadamph (Helen Morrison) both 14th September – the first reports of 2016. Here are the last few years first reports (all September) 2015-25th; 2014-20th; 2013-17th; 2012-11th.

Dipper – single bird near Nedd Bridge, 13th September (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – Culkein Stoer, 13th September (AS)

Whimbrel – five at Culkein Stoer, 13th September (AS)

Curlew Sandpiper – single bird flying over Bay of Culkein, 12th September (Rob Thorpe). It has been a good breeding season for the species in arctic Siberia which probably accounts for this being the second Assynt record this autumn.

Slavonian Grebe – single Clashnessie Bay, 11th September (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single Clashnessie Bay, 11th September (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 5 off Raffin, 11th September (DAH)

Sedge Warbler – bird heard near Clashmore, 10th September (Gordon and Leslie Sleight)

Sparrowhawk – adult male ‘playing’ with three Hooded Crows over, through and in small mixed woodland Culkein Drumbeg, 10th September (DAH)

Manx Shearwater – 3+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th September (DAH)

Grey Heron – 15 over Loch Drumbeg and in Scots Pines, 9th September (DAH)

Dunlin – 23 Bay of Culkein, 9th September (DAH)

Golden Plover – juvenile bird near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th September (reported)

Ruff – juvenile bird near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th September (reported)

Willow Warbler – single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg, 8th September (DAH). This is likely to be a young bird trying out his voice for next year.

Snipe – single bird feeding in Badnaban garden, 7th September (Les and Liz Pearce). Photo at Gallery-Birds

Black Guillemot – 3 off Culkein Drumbeg, 7th September (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 7 Culkein Drumbeg, 7th September (DAH)

Sanderling – single juvenile Bay of Stoer and 2 juveniles Clashnessie Bay, 6th September (DAH)

Treecreeper – single bird feeding in trees near Culag River bridge Lochinver, 6th September (DAH)

Goldcrest – 3 in trees near Culag River bridge Lochinver, 6th September (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 4 in trees near Culag River bridge Lochinver, 6th September (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 7 Culag Park Lochinver, 6th September (DAH)

Tufted Duck – single male Loch Drumbeg, 4th and 6th September (DAH)

Whimbrel – single near Raffin, 4th September (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 3 (2 adults 1 juvenile) Bay of Stoer, 3rd September (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 11 (1 adult 10 juveniles) Bay of Stoer, 3rd September (DAH)

Moorhen – single adult Loch an Aigeil, 3rd September (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single juvenile Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

White Wagtail – single bird in winter plumage Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

Knot – single adult Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 61 (25 adults 36 juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

Dunlin – 65 (10 adults 55 juveniles) Bay of Culkein, 3rd September (DAH)

Curlew – 11 Oldany estuary, 2nd September (DAH)

Herring Gull – 83 (mixed ages) Oldany estuary, 2nd September (DAH)

Twite – c80 Balchladich, 2nd September (DAH)

Snipe – single bird Balchladich, 2nd September (DAH)

Sanderling – 4 Balchladich Bay, 2nd September (DAH)

Tufted Duck – single male Loch na Claise, 2nd September (DAH)

Teal – 5 females Loch na Claise, 2nd September (DAH)

Wigeon – 3 males Loch na Claise, 2nd September (DAH)

Merlin – male hunting Culkein Stoer, 1st September (DAH)

Twite – c120 Culkein Stoer, 1st September (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single adult Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Mallard – 2 female Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow – single bird with two full Hooded Crow Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Starling – 100+ Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 12 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 53 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Dunlin – 30 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Curlew – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Turnstone – 8 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Redshank – 11 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Sanderling – 5 Bay of Culkein, 1st September (DAH)

Wigeon – 2 males Clashnessie Bay, 1st September (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Slow-worm – single on garden path Badnaban, 21st September (Les and Liz Pearce)

Red Admiral butterfly – 2 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) and 4 Badnaban (Les and Liz Pearce), both 19th September

Common Dolphin – large pod off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th September (Leigh Sedgley)

Red Deer – stag roaring Inchnadamph, 15th September (Helen Morrison)

Palmate Newt – near the river at Clashnessie waterfall, 11th September (Dave Bird). Photo at Gallery-Amphibians and Reptiles

Common Dolphin – 10+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th September (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 30+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th September (Mal Edwards)

Harbour Porpoise – 8 (5 adults 3 juveniles) off Culkein Drumbeg, 7th September (DAH)

Violet Webcap Cortinarius violaceus – single fruiting body of this fungus in Little Assynt, 6th September (Niamh O’Driscoll). This is the first record of this fungus in Assynt and probably West Sutherland. Photo at Gallery-Fungi

Common Dolphin – 150+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th September (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single Bay of Stoer, 3rd September (DAH)

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Recent Sightings

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)

Sparrowhawk

single bird hunting through trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans) (09/12)

Glaucous Gull

single 1st-winter bird Balchladich Bay (DAH) (09/12)

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