June 2018 Sightings

28th June 2018

  • Osprey: two birds over Loch Assynt near Ardvreck Castle (Corinne and Jim France)
  • Eider: two adult females and three ducklings Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single full breeding plumage bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Black-throated Diver: two birds flying north past Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

27th June 2018

  • Barn Owl: single bird seen at 11.25pm, Clashnessie (Vanessa Ling)
  • Cetaceans: a non-stop sighting day with Harbour Porpoise (counts of 1 to 4), Common Dolphin (8+), Bottlenose Dolphin (3) and Risso's Dolphin (5) all sighted from mid morning onwards, all off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Swift: three birds feeding high over Raffin (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: single bird calling near Loch Drumbeg (DAH/AS). This bird still calling is very interesting as birds from England are already on their migration back to Africa. This seems to be part of a picture developing in that northern birds are fairing better than those further south.

26th June 2018

  • Painted Lady butterfly: four recorded on walk to Old Man of Stoer and back via track leading to mast (Gwen Richards)
  • Harbour Porpoise: numerous sightings off Stoer Lighthouse including a mother and calf (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 6+ far out from Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single pale morph bird harassing Kittiwakes off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

25th June 2018

  • Goldfinch: two adult birds and four juveniles, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • House Martin: eight adult birds all attending nests on one house, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: single adult and two well developed chicks Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

24th June 2018

  • Buzzard: single bird being chased by single Lapwing, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • House Martin: two birds nest building Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Sedge Warbler: two birds singing Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

23rd June 2018

  • Ring ouzel: single bird approximately 1 mile from the Newton end of the B869, opposite Quinag (Beccy Garvey)
  • Treecreeper: single bird in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)

22nd June 2018

  • Cuckoo: single bird calling at Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

21st June 2018

  • Black-throated Diver: single adults on Loch Awe and Loch na Bruthaich (DAH) 
  • Six-spot Burnet moth: two in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)

20th June 2018

  • Red Admiral butterfly: single flying in Culag Wood (Jane Young)

19th June 2018

  • Long-tailed Tit: single adult seen feeding three juvenile birds Glencanisp Road (DAH)

17th June 2018

  • Canada Goose: five birds feeding around Loch na Claise (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Common Scoter: two females feeding, Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single adult, Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Teal: two males and a single female, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Eider: eight adult females with a minimum of 6 ducklings, Oldany estuary (DAH)

16th June 2018

  • Pine Marten: single animal crossing the road near Lochinver Primary School (Kirsteen Gordon)

15th June 2018

  • Goldeneye: single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

13th June 2018

  • Chimney sweeper moth: single flying Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) and two flying in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)

11th June 2018

  • Common Blue butterfly: single butterfly Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three adults and a calf off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 18 Bay of Stoer (DAH)

10th June 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: five animals (four adults and a calf) off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: five birds off Clachtoll (DAH)

9th June 2018

  • Six-spot burnet moth: single seen near Drumbeg (Beccy Garvey)
  • Common Blue butterfly: single near Ardvreck Castle (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)
  • Alternate-leaved golden-saxifrage: a single flower  of this very localised plant, Allt nam Breac, Inchnadamph (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Large Heath butterfly: single Allt a'Chalda Mor, Inchnadamph (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Common Dolphin: 20+ feeding off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH). The first 2018 sighting of this very active dolphin species.

8th June 2018

  • Cuckoo: two birds above Loch an Ordain, Torbreck (Paul Burnett)

7th June 2018

  • Pine Marten: single animal seen in Strathan garden (Belinda Memmott)
  • Black-throated Diver: 13 birds off Achmelvich (Paul Burnett). The sea off Achmelvich always attracts large numbers of this beautiful bird.
  • Harbour Porpoise: numerous sightings all day off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: 12 birds flying north off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

6th June 2018

  • Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly: single in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: two birds in Torbreck garden daily since 27 May (Paul and Lis Burnett)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: family group comprising one adult male and female and a single juvenile off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH). Several photographs on Gallery - Marine.
  • Swift: single bird feeding off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

5th June 2018

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird flying between radio mast and trig point above Stoer head (Paul Burnett)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three animals off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Puffin: single adult on sea off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

4th June 2018

  • Great Northern Diver: single bird in full breeding plumage Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two adult birds Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)

3rd June 2018

  • Greenshank: single bird near Nedd (Beccy Garvey)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird on loch near Nedd (Calum Millar and Beccy Garvey)
  • Stonechat: adult male feeding juvenile bird near Raffin (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: single juvenile animal off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Glaucous Gull: single immature bird past Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: seven birds on rocks below Stoer Lighthouse car park (DAH)
  • Peregrine: single bird seen near Nedd (Beccy Garvey and Callum Millar)

2nd June 2018

  • Small Heath butterfly: single flying, Balchladich (Claire Belshaw)
  • Eider: three adults (1 male, 2 female) and five ducklings Balchladich Bay (Lesley Sleight)
  • Sand Martin: two birds feeding over reeds at north end of Loch Awe (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: two birds calling near Loch Awe (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: single adult bird Loch Awe (DAH)

1st June 2018

  • Whooper Swan: single adult on Loch Awe (AS)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single adult bird over Loch Kirkaig (Mike & Kate Young). Photo on Gallery - Birds