December 2018 Sightings

11th December 2018

  • Goosander: single female on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Dipper: four birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). One bird could be seen, and heard, singing.
  • Otter: two animals on the shore beside Church of Scotland, Lochinver (Gwen Richards)

10th December 2018

  • Whooper Swan: three birds feeding, Loch an Aigeil (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Dipper: single bird on Oldany River (DAH)

9th December 2018

  • Long-tailed Tit: 6+ birds in trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird hunting through trees, Glenleraig (Ian Evans)
  • Glaucous Gull: single 1st-winter bird Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Fulmar: seven birds on cliffs below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: six birds feeding on ground, Raffin (DAH)
  • Rock Pipit: 15+ birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 39 birds, including the Icelandic colour ringed bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: seven birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

8th December 2018

  • Teal: 17 birds (6 male, 11 female) Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Wigeon: single female Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: seven birds (4 male, 3 female) Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: three winter plumage birds Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

5th December 2018

  • Little Grebe: two birds on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

3rd December 2018

  • Kestrel: single bird over Clachtoll (Robert Kinnaird, et al.)
  • Oystercatcher: 11 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH). On 18-09-2018 we had a colour ringed Oystercatcher in the same location; one of today's birds was also colour ringed and it turns out to be the same bird. Unless this bird has been seen, and reported, at other locations in the interim we can't be sure it ever left Assynt. If we get more information from the Iceland Wader Group we will let you know. UPDATE - there have been no other reported sightings of this bird since September.
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: seven birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: four birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

1st December 2018

  • Merlin: single bird near Alltanabradhan (Bill and Val Badger)
  • Little Grebe: single bird Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: two birds over Clashnessie Bay (DAH)