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


single animal still in full ermine Clachtoll (DAH) (16/03)


14 flying over Clachtoll (DAH) (16/03)


single bird feeding on Stoer Green (DAH) (16/03)

Ringed Plover

eight feeding on Stoer Green (DAH) (16/03)


25 flying around Culkein Stoer (Lesley Sleight and Annella Bulch) (14/03)

Meadow Pipit

20 feeding on grazing land around old cemetery Stoer (Bill and Val Badger) (14/03)

Black-throated Diver

single bird on Maiden Loch near Clachtoll (Paul Burnett) (13/03)


10+ clumps in road ditch Pollachapuill road, Culkein Drumbeg (Ian Evans). One clump was frosted indicating it had possibly been in situ since the last night of minus temperatures which was 9th/10th March. (13/03)