YOUNG WILDCATS – our Assynt Nature Table at Lochinver Mission

November 28th 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018 saw nine intrepid adventurers from the Lochinver Wildlife Watch heading out to collect things for the new Assynt nature table at the Mission in Lochinver.

The mild November weather meant Grace found some Herb Robert still flowering and Sadie was amazed how many daisies were still around. Autumn has still not vanished and together we found lots of beech nuts, acorns and hazel nuts. Bronia was disappointed that most had been already eaten by the mice.

James found a sparrowhawk kill beside the big hazel trees. All that remained was a pile of blue tit feathers. We found lots of signs of deer and lots of badger diggings. Then Corwin saw the best sighting of the afternoon as a large golden eagle flew over the school. We thought at first it was a buzzard but no it was an eagle.

Catherine was great at finding lichens (dog lichen, old man’s beard, lungwort and many others) and she found our only hedgehog mushroom. Seamus found a huge birch polypore fungus growing on a dead or dying birch tree.

There was still some rosehips on the bush that the birds had obviously missed and by the time we headed back we had an armful of material for the nature table. Vaughn had found a mysterious stick with bite marks in it that left us all confused and to finish up Harry found a lump of charcoal.

All the items were labelled and put on display. So if you want to see for yourself go and visit the Mission beside An Cala café.

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Recent Sightings

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Pink-footed Goose

single skein of c130 birds heading south-east over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Otter

single animal crossing road at Culag River bridge, Lochinver (DAH) (14/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)

Redwing

c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)

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