Typical garden birds in Assynt!

March 5th 2018

Ask folk for a list of their garden birds in Assynt and it will, more often then not, contain a few surprises. This can be in part due to the term ‘garden’ being loosely applied, the open ground that surrounds most of them and of course not all Assynt gardens consist of formal borders, cross-cut lawns and paved driveways!

Add to the above some cold and snowy winter weather as experienced during early March 2018 and you never know what might turn up.

Some examples which were sent in to the Field Club between the 1st and 5th March included a single Fieldfare feeding at Badnaban (Dave Bird); two Skylarks which took up residence in a Torbreck garden for three days (Gwen Richards); two Snipe that spent a couple of days aerating the lawn in a Clashmore garden (Martin Hall) and a single Woodcock that made an appearance in another garden at Badnaban (Les and Liz Pearce).

It is always worth having a look around your garden, whether town or country, after a fall of snow as you might see signs of what has visited you even if you didn’t see them, that includes birds and often mammals.

David Haines

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Recent Sightings

Garganey

single male Loch Neil Bhain (DAH). This is only the third Assynt record of this species. Photo - Gallery Birds (19/05)

Lapwing

three adult birds and one chick, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH) (19/05)

Whimbrel

two birds near Culkein Drumbeg jetty (DAH). Photo - Gallery Birds (19/05)

Risso's Dolphin

four animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (19/05)

Arctic Tern

15+ birds on offshore island Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (19/05)

Shelduck

pair still present Oldany estuary area (DAH) (19/05)

Golden Plover

at least four birds on grazing land Balchladich (Janet French) (18/05)

Arctic Skua

both a dark and a pale morph bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Mal Edwards) (17/05)

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