May 2017 Sightings

31st May 2017

  • Dipper: single bird on Loch Drumbeg (Steve Collie)
  • Dunlin: 18 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single pale morph off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)

30th May 2017

  • Greenshank: 2 Adults on Drumbeg peat road (AS)
  • Harbour Porpoise: Single animal seen from Drumbeg view point 3pm (AS)

29th May 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 2+ animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: c9 very active animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH and others)
  • Minke Whale: two animals feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley and others)
  • Golden Plover: single bird near Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: 5 adults chasing and displaying at Loch Crocach (AS)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: single bird in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

28th May 2017

  • Otter: Single animal eating fish on pier at Culkein Stoer (Mike Young)
  • Painted Lady butterfly: single flying over grassland Bay of Stoer (DAH
  • Minke Whale: single adult off Balchladich lunge feeding under circling gulls (DAH)
  • Glaucous Gull: single immature bird feeding with c50 Kittiwake off Balchladich (DAH)
  • Stonechat: single fledged juvenile near Totag (DAH)

27th May 2017

  • Mallard: Female and two chicks Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer (AS)
  • Snipe: two adult birds, one of which was sheltering a chick, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Lapwing: at least nine adult birds with 11+ chicks Culkein Stoer (DAH). The number of breeding Lapwing has increased at this site over the past few years which is really good news.
  • Temminck’s Stint: the single bird reported yesterday was still showing well at Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo on Birds gallery.
  • Sanderling: seven Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 40 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ruff: single bird near Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: pair in Strathan garden (Clarinda Chant)

26th May 2017

  • Painted Lady butterfly: single in spiralling flight with Red Admiral several times, Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: four animals off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: two animals seen numerous times off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: several sightings with largest group being four animals, all off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single bird Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Temminck’s Stint: single bird in with other waders Bay of Culkein (Chris Cant and Caz Walker). This is the first record of this small wader species in Assynt.
  • Shelduck: two birds flying over Clachtoll and seen later in Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones). This is very likely to be the same two birds as Shelduck sightings have reduced in Assynt.
  • Red Admiral butterfly: two Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Common Dolphin: five off Culkein Drumbeg in Eddrachillis Bay (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Culkein Drumbeg in Eddrachillis Bay (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird over Loch Eileanach (Ian Evans)

25th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: two animals feeding, one adult and one juvenile, off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH and several others)
  • Harbour Porpoise: c10 off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Teun Versluis)
  • Minke Whale: single animal feeding off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Teun Versluis)
  • Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly: two+ in Clachtoll garden (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Arctic Skua: single bird over Bay of Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Common Gull: 75 feeding on the machair at Achmelvich beach (AS)
  • Orca: two animals off Clachtoll (Jim and Ishbel Galway)
  • Plaice: four small fish disturbed in rock pools Clashnessie (CLP & DST)

24th May 2017

  • Chiffchaff: Singing male at Glencanisp Lodge (AS)
  • Blackcap: Singing male at Glencanisp lodge (AS)
  • Common Sandpiper: single bird Loch Druim Suardalain (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Black-throated diver: single bird Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Goldfinch: six at Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)

23rd May 2017

  • Cuckoo: single female being mobbed by Meadow Pipits, Clashnessie (CLP & DST)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: Single adult in breeding plumage at Clachtoll (David Doulton)
  • Lesser Redpoll: two at Little Assynt All-Abilities Path (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Merlin: single bird hunting Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 36 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: two birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)

22nd May 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • White Wagtail: single bird Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Turnstone: single bird Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Sedge Warbler: two in reed bed ditch Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)

21st May 2017

  • Black Throated Diver: Single in Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Turnstone: 3 at Sgeir na Traghad, Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Chiffchaff: Single seen in garden at Clachtoll Cottage (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Ring Ouzel: single male on Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: three flying up Allt nan Uamh, near Bone Caves car park (DAH)
  • Dipper: single on Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH). Photo on Bird Gallery
  • Common Sandpiper: single flying down Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: a pair on Culkein Drumbeg Peat Track and 3 (pair + single female) Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)

20th May 2017

  • 4-Spot Chaser Dragonfly: Several adults flying in the bog in Culag Woods (AS)
  • Palmate newt: 6 seen in ponds in the bog in Culag Woods, Lochinver (AS)

19th May 2017

  • Common Dolphin: c30 very active animals off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red Admiral butterfly: two near Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Snipe: single bird feeding in clear view at east end of Loch Druim Suardalain, Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing from trees to north of Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Blackcap: male singing from trees to north of Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Yellowhammer: single male singing from top of gorse bush Glencanisp (DAH)

18th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Split Rock, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Split Rock, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: five adults and four chicks Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single birds off Clachtoll and Port Alltan na Bradhan (DAH)
  • Guillemot: 30+ off Clachtoll (DAH)

17th May 2017

  • Reed Bunting: 3 males at Loch an Sabhail, Little Assynt (AS)
  • Lesser Redpoll: 2 calling in suitable breeding habitat Little Assynt (AS)
  • Tree Pipit: Adult singing on Little Assynt estate (AS)
  • Snipe: Adult drumming on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single bird Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Mixed Gulls: Oldany Estuary - Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Common Gull 19; Great Black-backed Gull 76; Herring Gull 80 (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Orca (Killer Whale): three+ just off Bay of Clachtoll (Nick and Kathy Pidgeon). Here is a copy and paste link to their video on YouTube of this superb encounter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Qy_Dc894I
  • Ptarmigan and Golden Plover: both species recorded on Breabag (Romany Garnett)

16th May 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: two Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

14th May 2017

  • Slow-worm: single animal Oldany dornie (DAH)
  • Treecreeper: single bird collecting food for young Strathan, near Strathcraig (Gwen Richards)
  • Common Tern: two Lochinver Bay (Gwen Richards)
  • Arctic Tern: 15 Badnaban (Gwen Richards)
  • Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris tityus): single seen and photographed at Achmelvich (Alex Murray). Photograph on Gallery-Moths
  • Black-throated Diver: five Achmelvich Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Achmelvich Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: six Loch Roe (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: single female Oldany estuary (DAH
  • House Martin: four birds nest building Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: eight following creel boat off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

13th May 2017

  • Marsh Harrier: single 1st-summer bird hunting near Loch Na Claise (DAH)
  • Moorhen: single bird Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: eleven Balchladich (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: nine Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: three females Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: c50 Balchladich Bay, probably the same birds recorded at Clachtoll on 9th May (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Merlin: male hunting over the beach and crofts Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Dunlin: still c130 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird hunting in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)

12th May 2017

  • Tufted Duck: pair on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: one flying over Loch Drumbeg and one calling in Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single full summer plumage bird in Lochinver Bay (Gwen Richards)
  • White-tailed Eagle: adult over Clachtoll campsite (Jim and Ishbel Galway)
  • Golden Plover: ten on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)

11th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: large pod (8+) off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Knot: eleven, with several in breeding plumage Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: c220 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: three Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: four feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 3 Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Mallard: five adults (4 male 1 female) and six ducklings Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: Adult in full breeding plumage, Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Golden Eagle: Single adult on Canisp (Sarah Livingstone)

9th May 2017

  • Large red damselfly: single in flight near Loch Dubh, Ardroe (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Palmate Newts: 7-8 floating near surface in a flooded sink hole on the path to Bone caves (AS)
  • Ring Ouzel: Male singing near Bone Caves car park (AS)
  • Grey Wagtail: Two adults at Allt nan Uamh -Bone Caves stream. (AS)
  • Minke Whale: two animals (1 adult 1 immature) off Clachtoll (DAH) and also reported from Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Harbour Porpoise: three off Raffin (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single dark morph harassing Kittiwake off Raffin (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 115 heading north-west over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Tern: c50 on rocks and feeding in and around Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: c450 feeding off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: three on grazing around Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: Seven on crofts Clachtoll (AS)

8th May 2017

  • Twite: four Achmelvich Youth Hostel garden (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Red-throated diver: two Bay of Clachtoll (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Greenshank: two Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Linnet: single on bird feeder in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: single on Torbreck croft (Gwen Richards)
  • Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines): single male near Oldany estuary (DAH)

7th May 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: Pair on Glencanisp loch (AS)
  • Whimbrel: four at Clachtoll (AS)
  • St Mark’s Fly: now hatching at Clachtoll (AS)

6th May 2017

  • Kingfisher: single bird seen briefly on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: single in disused quarry on old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Common Carder Bee: single along old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Grasshopper Warbler: single bird 'reeling' near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: pair near Eilean a' Ghamhna and on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: two moving through trees near Rientraid (DAH)
  • Heath-spotted orchid: Flowering plant at Stoer headland (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Golden Plover: 30 at Achmore Farm near Ardvreck Castle (Paul Burnett)
  • Common Tern: 2 flying over Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)

5th May 2017

  • Greylag Goose goslings: two adults and five goslings near Clashmore (DAH)
  • Teal: pair Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 96 birds trying to migrate north but forced back towards land as north-easterly wind strengthened off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: Four adults and a calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Reported)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Reported)
  • Pied Flycatcher: single bird near Strathan (Ally Macleod)
  • Linnet: 78 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Twite: 70 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Cuckoo: single bird seen from viewpoint above Rhicarn (Paul Burnett)
  • Common Crane: three at Raffin (Paul Burnett)

4th May 2017

  • Lesser Redpoll: single leucistic bird feeding in Drumbeg garden (Jim Rosenburg). Photo on Gallery - Birds
  • Stoat: single animal hunting near Achnacarnin (Murray Anderson)

3rd May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single immature animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: two Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: two pairs Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: three (1 male 2 females) Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Peregrine Falcon: single bird hunting through waders Bay of Culkein (Paul Burnett)

2nd May 2017

  • Blackcap: single bird singing near Loch Poll (DAH)
  • Common Tern: three feeding Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: three Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: Many along coastal path at Achmelvich (AS)
  • Pyramidal Bugle: Flowering plants along coastal path at Achmelvich (AS)
  • Common Scoter: Single adult male on sea at Achmelvich bay (AS)
  • Green-veined White butterfly: Single feeding along verge on the Achmelvich road (AS)
  • Great Skua: Single at Eilean Bad nam Ban, Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)

1st May 2017

  • Red Kite: single immature bird over Little Assynt (Paul Burnett)
  • Sand Martin: At least 10 along the River Traligill at Inchnadamph (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Merlin: male hunting near Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird seen flying near Eilean Chrona (DAH); two birds were also reported seen flying near Point of Stoer.
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Arctic Tern: two feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: four feeding in seaweed Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: single bird in summer plumage Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: c50 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Emperor Moth: single female on paving slab outside Lochinver public toilets (Murray Anderson)