March 2017 Sightings

31st March 2017

  • Sparrowhawk: single bird being chased by Hooded Crow, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 6 (3 pairs) Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

30th March 2017

  • Reed Bunting: single male lochside tree Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: 5 (3 males 2 females) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: pair at the east end of Loch Assynt (Helen Morrison)
  • Linnet: 33 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Twite: 21 at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)

29th March 2017

  • Greenshank: 3 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single adult bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

28th March 2017

  • Little Grebe: pair Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (Ian Evans)
  • Greenshank: single bird calling on Loch Nedd (Ian Evans)
  • Redwing: 9 Inchnadamph Church Yard (Helen Morrison)

27th March 2017

  • Palmate Newt: 6+ in roadside pool Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: single bird on garden feeder Cathair Dhubh (Roger Glover)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 7 Lochinver bay (Andy Summers)
  • Redwing: single birds Nedd and Clashnessie (Ian Evans)
  • House Sparrow: 14 Lochinver garden (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Wheatear: single bird Stoer (Howard and Julie Grey)
  • Lapwing: single bird Lochan an Tairbh, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

26th March 2017

  • Risso’s Dolphin: mother and calf off Clachtoll and a single male off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Wheatear: single male birds Clachtoll (Ian MacDonald) and Clashnessie (DAH) and a pair Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 2 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 8 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Twite: 24 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Curlew: 6 Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: 2 Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell: single flying near Clashnessie (Chris Puddephatt)

25th March 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 6 (4 adults 2 calves) feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Razorbill: 5 Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single bird off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Eider: 8 off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 24 on breeding grounds Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Turnstone: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: 6 (5 males 1 female) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Bay of Culkein and a single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell: single at Clachtoll (Roz Summers)

24th March 2017

  • Black-headed Gull: Five in Lochinver bay (andy Summers)
  • Stoat: 2 hunting Clachtoll (Jim and Ishbel Galway)

23rd March 2017

  • White-tailed bumblebee: Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvy)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Teal: single male Loch an Tairbh, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Slow-worm: rear of Visitor Centre, Lochinver (Andy Summers)
  • Reed Bunting: 3 Clachtoll (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

22nd March 2017

  • Woodcock: 2 birds near Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 3 on shore near play park, Lochinver (Gwen Richards)
  • Twite: 61 Clachtoll (Andy Summers)
  • Linnet: single bird Clachtoll (Andy Summers)

21st March 2017

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird flying near Torbreck (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird in breeding plumage Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 feeding near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: a pair near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird chasing garden birds 83 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Lapwing: 12 near Clachtoll Broch (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Golden Plover: 12 near Clachtoll Broch (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Redwing: 10+ Clachtoll (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

20th March 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: pair near Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

19th March 2017

  • Gannet: 7 feeding Achmelvich Bay (A. Iveson/C McGaw)
  • Whooper Swan: 5 (4 adults 1 immature) on lochan near Achmelvich bridge (A. Iveson/C Mcgaw)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • White-tailed Eagle: Immature bird seen taking Fulmar from surface of water off Achmelvich (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Curlew: 5 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird near Strathcroy (Gwen Richards)

18th March 2017

  • Oystercatcher: 2 birds Loch Assynt side near Skiag bridge (Helen Morrison)
  • Lapwing: 24 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 6 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 43 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: 4 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: Single male seen at Clachtoll (AS)

17th March 2017

  • Merlin: bird seen taking small passerine in Achnacarnin garden (Robert Kinnaird)

16th March 2017

  • Bullfinch: 4 feeding in Baddidarach garden (Ken Fairchild)

12th March 2017

  • Lapwing: 14 on Culkein Stoer croft

11th March 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: single male near Achmelvich Bridge
  • Long-tailed Duck: single male Bay of Culkein
  • Skylark: 6 birds on one croft at Balchladich

10th March 2017

  • Brambling: single bird on Baddidarach garden feeder
  • Goldeneye: Pair on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg
  • Purple Sandpiper: Badnaban Bay

9th March 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: Single bird in breeding plumage on Loch Awe

7th March 2017

  • Harbour Seal: 29 off Culkein Drumbeg jetty
  • Eider: 3 pairs Badnaban bay
  • Sparrowhawk: male hunting through trees Culkein Drumbeg
  • Reed Bunting: single male Culkein Drumbeg
  • Pied Wagtail: single male Culkein Drumbeg
  • Goldfinch: 8 birds on feeders Culkein Drumbeg

6th March 2017

  • Treecreeper: single bird near Rhicarn
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 near Rhicarn
  • Goldeneye: a pair Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer
  • Razorbill: 7 off Clashnessie Bay
  • Red-throated Diver: single birds Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll
  • Great Northern Diver: 11 off Clashnessie Bay
  • Pied Wagtail: single males Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 5 (1 male 4 females) Oldany estuary
  • Wigeon: a pair Oldany estuary

5th March 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: several sightings with a total of 12 animals recorded off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Skylark: 2 near Stoerhead Lighthouse with one bird singing
  • Eider: 9 off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Lapwing: 2 Loch Neil Bhain
  • Teal: 4 (3 males 1 female) Loch Neil Bhain

4th March 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Balchladich Bay
  • Curlew: 11 Loch na Claise
  • Tufted Duck: 5 (4 males 1 female) Loch na Claise
  • Skylark: 3 Culkein Stoer
  • Barnacle Goose: single bird Culkein Stoer
  • Greylag Goose: 21 Culkein Stoer
  • Black Guillemot: 2 Bay of Culkein
  • Turnstone: 10 Bay of Culkein
  • Mallard: 10 (4 males 6 females) Loch Neil Bhain

2nd March 2017

  • Song Thrush: 7 feeding on Culag Park, Lochinver
  • Little Grebe: Single bird Loch Drumbeg