January 2018 Sightings

29th January 2018

  • Merlin: male hunting very low over grazings Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dipper: two birds on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Weasel: single animal running along wall at Ardvar (Beccy Garvie)

28th January 2018

  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Wigeon: a pair Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Teal: four birds (two pairs) Oldany estuary (DAH)

27th January 2018

  • Common Gull: 143 sheltering in Lochinver Bay (AS) 

26th January 2018

  • Greylag Goose: 14 Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Divers: five Great Northern and three Red-throated Divers in Bay of Stoer (DAH)

25th January 2018

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single adult bird in garden Culkein Drumbeg (Mairi MacRae)
  • Glaucous Gull: two immature birds Achmelvich Bay (AS) and a single immature bird off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Shag: 100+ loafing on the sea off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Fulmar: 67+ on breeding cliffs around Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

24th January 2018

  • Woodcock: single bird in Nedd garden (Ian Evans)

23rd January 2018

  • Turnstone: 12 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Gull: c75 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: four feeding on grazing land Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Curlew: seven feeding on grazing land Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 11 feeding on croft land at Balchladich (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: single adult Loch na Claise (DAH)

21st January 2018

  • Glaucous Gull: two first winter birds Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Teal: four with seven Mallard on edge of frozen Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (AS)

19th January 2018

  • Jackdaw: five feeding in Elphin (DAH)
  • Otter: adult feeding in Loch Inver (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: single bird on caravan roof, Nedd (Anne Nicoll)
  • Collared Dove: single bird heard singing in Nedd (Ian Evans)

18th January 2018

  • Little Grebe: single in Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Curlew: c24-28 birds at Clachtoll, (Roz Summers)
  • Fieldfare: single bird on football pitch, Lochinver (AS)
  • Greylag Goose: 11 seen on the crofts at Clachtoll (AS) 

16th January 2018

  • Bullfinch: three birds Achmelvich (Romany Garnett)
  • Glaucous Gull: single first winter bird Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: two females off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: eight birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redwing: c20 birds Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: four birds Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Stoat: Adult in full ermine, Clachtoll (Bill & Val Badger) 

15th January 2018

  • Golden Eagle: single bird being mobbed by gulls over Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)

14th January 2018

  • Long-tailed Tit: seven on garden feeder Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

12th January 2018

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird in the area of Skiag Bridge (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single adult feeding off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch Inver near Culag River culvert (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: c10 birds around the Stoer cemeteries (DAH)
  • Goosander: single female on Loch na Bruththaich (DAH)

11th January 2018

  • Grey wagtail: single bird on Croft 83 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: three adults off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single first summer bird Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Teal: 11 (4 male 7 female) Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: three males Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Dipper: single on burn (Roz Summers)
  • Treecreeper: Single feeding in woods (AS)

10th January 2018

  • Barnacle Goose: single bird feeding with 16 Greylag Geese, Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: two birds on Lochan Sgeireach (DAH)
  • Curlew: 16 birds on Stoer green (DAH)
  • Herring Gull: 350+ roosting on island in Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

9th January 2018

  • Long-tailed Tit: five feeding on food placed on the ground in Baddidarrach garden (Ken Fairchild)

8th January 2018

  • Goldfinch: five birds on garden feeders, Lochinver (DAH)
  • Red Grouse: 3 off the path East side Quinag (AS)

7th January 2018

  • Yellowhammer: six birds feeding in Lochinver garden (Ann Macleod)
  • Dipper: two birds singing on Loch Assynt side near Ardvreck Castle (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: pair flying around trees near Little Assynt, All-Abilities Path car park (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: two birds feeding along All-Abilities Path, Little Assynt (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: two birds on River Inver near the 'Battlefield' NC1425 (DAH)
  • Cormorant: single bird in breeding plumage Loch Assynt (DAH). Photo on Birds Gallery.
  • Raven: nine birds near car park for Quinag on A894 (DAH)

6th January 2018

  • Dipper: single bird on River Traligill, Inchnadamph (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)
  • Great Tit: single bird singing 'teacher-teacher' Inchnadamph (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Fieldfare: single bird in garden Aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans)

5th January 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: one adult with a juvenile off Clachtoll (Paul and Liz Burnett)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Clachtoll (Paul and Liz Burnett)
  • Redwing: 28 feeding on grazing land Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird hunting Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single bird Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Buzzard: two harrying a pair of Ravens over Culkein Stoer (DAH)

4th January 2018

  • Red-breasted Merganser: 4 including two males in Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Little Grebe: Single in Lochinver bay (AS)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Stoer (David Tyson)

3rd January 2018

  • woodcock: 2 seen at night roosting on the wet dunes, Clachtoll (AS)
  • Otter: single animal crossing road between Badnaban and Strathan (Dave Bird)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Curlew: 13 flying over Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two rafts, one of 13 and the other of 12 birds, off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Rock Dove: 38 at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Twite: 48 on croft at Clachtoll (AS)

1st January 2018

  • Barnacle Goose: 30+ Eilean Chrona (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single female Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Song Thrush: 15 birds on overhead electricity wires Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Gannet: seven+ adults feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Fulmar: four birds flying around nesting cliffs Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: three birds, two in winter plumage and one with well advanced breeding plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: four birds (3 male, 1 female) Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)