Sightings – November 2016

November 1st 2016

NEXT INDOOR MEETING – THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY

COMMUNITY ROOM, LOCHINVER VILLAGE HALL 7.45pm ENTRY FREE

AGM and Quiz. Followed by drinks and snacks

BIRDS

Curlew – 17 at Clachtoll beach, 29th November (AS)

Greylag Goose – 13 at Clachtoll, 29th November  (AS)

Little Grebe – 2 Lochan Saile, 28th November (Romany Garnett)

Goldeneye – 3 (2 male 1 female) Lochan Saile, 28th November (Romany Garnett)

Jack Snipe – single bird near Achmelvich, 28th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – c100 near Achmelvich, 28th November (DAH)

Snipe – single at Clachtoll, 27th November (AS)

Barnacle Goose – 28 Eilean Chrona, 27th November (DAH)

Turnstone – 8 Rubh’an Dunain, 27th November (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Rubh’an Dunain, 27th November (DAH)

Rock Dove – 32 at Clachtoll, 26th November (AS)

Shag – c90 Loch Dhrombaig, 26th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 25th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – c80 feeding in trees above Rientraid, 24th November (DAH)

Mixed Flock – total c20 birds (Blue, Coal, Great and Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest) feeding in trees above Rientraid, 24th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch a Chairn Bhain, 24th November (DAH)

Curlew – 13 Stoer green, 23rd November (Stevan Lockhart)

Sparrowhawk – single bird being mobbed by Hooded Crow Nedd, 23rd November (Ian Evans)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch Drumbeg, 23rd November (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 3 near bridge over River Inver leading to Inveruplan, 22nd November (Ian Evans)

Greatnorthern Diver – 2 in Lochinver Bay 22nd November (AS)

Water Rail – single bird crossing road Culkein Drumbeg, 21st November (DAH)

Teal – 12 (4 male 8 female) Loch na Claise, 21st November (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – single 1st-winter bird Loch na Claise, 21st November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 males Loch na Claise, 21st November (DAH)

Treecreeper – two in alder trees Balchladich garden, 20th November (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Brambling – single female in garden Balchladich, 20th November (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Great Northern Diver – Bay of Clachtoll, 20th November (DAH)

Moorhen – single bird Loch an Aigeil, 20th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 females Loch an Aigeil, 20th November (DAH)

Red-legged Partridge – 7 near Lagg, 20th November (DAH)

Meadow Pipit – 14 near Lagg, 20th November (DAH)

Whitetailed Eagle – single heading to roost, 19th November (Don O’Driscoll)

Waxwing – c40 near Lochinver Fire Station, 19th November (Les and Liz Pearce)

Turnstone – 53 Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 26 Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Curlew – 4 Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 2 females Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 18 flying over Bay of Culkein, 19th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 males Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 18th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 4 (3 male 1 female) Loch Drumbeg, 18th November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 5 Culkein Drumbeg, 18th November (DAH)

Chaffinch – 10 Culkein Drumbeg, 18th November (DAH)

Greenfinch – 9 Culkein Drumbeg, 18th November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 9 flying south-west over Clashnessie, 17th November (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Waxwing – c30 feeding on cotoneaster berries near B869/A837 junction, 16th November (AS)

Brent Goose – single pale bellied bird Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – c250 feeding on Rowans Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Goldfinch – 4 moving about with Fieldfare Culkein Drumbeg, 15th November (DAH)

Waxwing – c45 in Rowan tree Main Street, Lochinver, 14th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – singles Bay of Culkein and Loch Dhrombaig, 14th November (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 7 Bay of Culkein, 14th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – 2 males Loch na Claise, 14th November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 7 (2 adults 5 juveniles) flying west over Culkein Drumbeg and then seen later on Loch na Claise, 14th November (DAH)

Water Rail – very likely sighting near Loch an Ordain, Torbreck, 12th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Goosander – single male on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 12th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Tawny Owl – single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg, 17:49 12th November (DAH)

Starling – 77 Culkein Drumbeg, 12th November (DAH)

House Sparrow – 33 Culkein Drumbeg, 12th November (DAH)

White-tailed Eagle – immature bird being mobbed by a Buzzard near Lochinver, 11th November (Michael Rochester)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Nedd, 11th November (Robin and Heather-Anne Campbell)

Long-tailed Tit – 4 near Lagg, 11th November (DAH)

Whooper Swan – single juvenile, Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg, 11th November (DAH)

Redwing – c10 near Drumbeg, 11th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Drumbeg, still showing 11th November (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 3 (2 male 1 female) Loch Drumbeg, 11th November (DAH)

Song Thrush – 2 Clachtoll garden, 10th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Red-breasted Merganser – 7 (3 male 4 female) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 10th November (DAH)

Little Grebe – single bird Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 10th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – c20 near Oldany, 9th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Red-legged Partridge – several near Lagg, 9th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Goldeneye – 3 (2 males 1 female) Loch na Claise, 9th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Little Grebe – 2 Loch na Claise (DAH) and a single Lochan Sgeireach (Richard and Ennis Chappell) both 9th November

Tufted Duck – 2 males Loch na Claise, 9th November (DAH)

Teal – 4 (1 male 3 female) Loch na Claise, 9th November (DAH)

Wren – 5 Culkein Stoer, 9th November (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 2 (1 male 1 female) Culkein Stoer, 9th November (DAH)

Black Guillemot – single winter plumage adult Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Curlew – 2 females Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – single female Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 23 Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 9th November (DAH)

Fieldfare – c60 over Torbreck, 7th November (Gwen Richards)

Ringed Plover – 3 Bay of Stoer, 7th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Eider – 17 (8 adult male, 1 1-st winter male, 8 female) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 8 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th November (DAH)

Wigeon – single female Clashnessie Bay, 7th November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single in small bay Clachtoll, 6th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Curlew – 16 Clachtoll, 6th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Waxwing – c25 Culkein Drumbeg, 6th November (DAH)

Goldeneye – single female Loch Drumbeg, 6th November (DAH)

Redwing – 10 over Loch Drumbeg, 6th November (DAH)

Teal – a pair Oldany estuary, 6th November (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 (2 male 3 female) Oldany estuary, 6th November (DAH)

Grey Heron – 13 Oldany estuary, 6th November (DAH)

Waxwing – c40 Kirk Road Lochinver, 4th November (Helen Morrison)

Woodcock – single bird Torbreck, 3rd November (Grahame Perrie). This bird had flown in to a potato patch but was unable to gain enough height to fly over the fencing. Grahame did release it after taking a quick photograph which shows the stunning tail on this species. Photo at Gallery-Birds.

Pied Wagtail – single male Culag Park, Lochinver, 3rd November (DAH)

Moorhen – single bird Loch an Aigeil, 3rd November (DAH)

Red Grouse – single bird in Little Assynt, 2nd November (Gwen Richards/Ian Evans)

Dipper – single on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 2nd November (Gwen Richards/Ian Evans)

Fieldfare – c550 Culkein Drumbeg, 1st November (DAH)

Hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow – single bird Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Starling – c50 Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single adult Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Turnstone – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Redshank – 3 Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 19 Bay of Culkein, 1st November (DAH)

 

OTHERS

Otter – large male feeding in Loch Inver, 26th November (DAH)

Water Shrew – single live animal seen and photographed at CALL Little Assynt Tree Nursery, 21st November (Nick Clooney). Photo Gallery-Land Mammals. These small mammals are generally only seen dead.

Risso’s Dolphin – single off Rubh’an Dunain, 9th November (DAH)

Stoat – in garden Clachtoll, 7th and 8th November (Richard and Ennis Chappell)

Harbour Porpoise – 11+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 7th November (DAH)

Roe Deer – well grown fawn near Oldany, 2nd November (Ian Evans)

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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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