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

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)

Redwing

c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)

Mistle Thrush

three birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (12/10)

Moorhen

four birds, Loch na Claise (DAH) (12/10)

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