August 2018 Sightings

31st August 2018

  • Pinemarten: single animal seen in car headlights at c2200hrs running along retaining wall on seaward side of road near Clashnessie, opposite Cnoc na Suileig (Ian Evans). Not what you would call typical pinemarten habitat but this one doesn't agree!
  • Red-breasted Merganser: single adult female and six juvenile birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Fly Agaric fungi (Amanita muscaria): superb group of c14 fruiting bodies near Lochinver Holiday Lodges, Strathan (DAH). Photo Gallery - Fungi
  • Grey Wagtail: single adult bird near Lochinver Holiday Lodges, Strathan (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: 20 near Strathcroy (DAH)

30th August 2018

  • Red-throated Diver: two birds Achmelvich Bay (Paul Burnett)
  • Redshank: single juvenile bird Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Twite: small flock of 15 birds around Stoer Green (DAH)
  • Buzzard: four birds circling and calling over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

29th August 2018

  • Starling: c110 feeding near Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: 50+ feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Wigeon: ten birds flying over Bay of Culkein (DAH)

28th August 2018

  • Bats: 35 flying around roost area 81 Torbreck (Paul Burnett). These are most probably Common Pipistrelle bats
  • Mistle Thrush: nine birds feeding on rowan berries, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single bird hunting, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

27th August 2018

  • Goldfinch: 100+ feeding on knapweed near Achmelvich Youth Hostel (Paul Burnett)
  • Common Dolphin: pod of c10 animals off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) and then later in the day c12 reported off Clachtoll (AS)

26th August 2018

  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird over Clashnessie and then 20 minutes later over the Spilt Rock, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single adult bird Loch Eileanach, Lagg (DAH)
  • Tawny Owl: single bird 'kewicking' 04.30 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

25th August 2018

  • Grey Wagtail: single bird near Calda House (Stewart Yates)
  • Hirundines: four Swallows, two House Martin and a single Sand Martin, Inchnadamph (DAH)

23rd August 2018

  • Redshank: 63 birds on rocks towards Rubh'an Dunain, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Sanderling: six juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: four adult and two juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Gannet: six adult birds feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Greylag Goose: 29 birds (adults and juveniles) Culkein Stoer (DAH)

21st August 2018

  • Minke Whale: 2 whales with a pod of dolphins, just out from Achmelvich heading north (Keith Williams)
  • Goldfinch: 85+ feeding on knapweed seeds in Clachtoll croft (AS)
  • Grey Wagtail: single bird at bridge over River Culag, Lochinver (Vickii Campen) 

19th August 2018

  • Linnet: five birds (adult and four juvenile) Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: c80 off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Turnstone: single bird flying with nine Oystercatcher, Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

17th August 2018

  • Jackdaw: 25 birds on overhead wires, Elphin (DAH)

16th August 2018

  • Goldfinch: single adult feeding four juvenile birds on Creeping Thistle, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds

15th August 2018

  • Spotted Flycatcher: single juvenile bird, Inchnadamph (Don O'Driscoll) 
  • House Sparrow: 38 birds, adults and juveniles, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Sanderling: five adult birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: six adult birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 27 birds, adults and juveniles, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

14th August 2018

  • Twite: 11 birds feeding Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

13th August 2018

  • Common Dolphin: c50 off Clachtoll and Balchladich (M. Swann)
  • Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride): four spikes at Achmelvich (Julia Ribbons)

11th August 2018

  • Common Dolphin: several small, very active pods off Stoer Lighthouse throughout the afternoon (DAH)

9th August 2018

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird near Elphin (Seamus Donnelly)
  • Tawny Owl: single bird 'kewick-ing' in flight at c23.30, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Grasshopper Warbler: bird heard 'reeling' Little Assynt (Don O'Driscoll)

8th August 2018

  • Common Skate Eggcase: single egg case Raffin Beach (Vickii Campen)

7th August 2018

  • Common Dolphin: three animals actively feeding under c50 Gannets, also very busy feeding, off Clachtoll (Sarah Pickering)
  • Whimbrel: nine birds flying over Clachtoll (DAH)

6th August 2018

  • Sanderling: 19 adults Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)

5th August 2018

  • By-the-wind sailor (Velella velella): several reported washed up on Clachtoll beach (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the URL of an article on our website concerning hundreds of these animals washing up around Assynt in 2017. http://www.assyntwildlife.org.uk/2017/03/by-the-wind-sailor-on-the-north-west-coast/

4th August 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal Achmelvich Bay (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: three juvenile birds, Achmelvich (Linnea Wallin)
  • Black-throated Diver: 11 adult birds Achmelvich Bay (Linnea Wallin)
  • Red-throated Diver: single adult bird Achmelvich Bay (Linnea Wallin)

3rd August 2018

  • Dunlin: three adult birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 126 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single adult bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: two adult birds on Maiden Loch, Clachtoll and three adult birds in Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Looks as if some adults have finished with breeding for this year.

2nd August 2018

  • Sanderling: 15 adult birds feeding along shoreline, Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two adult birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)