July 2019 Sightings

30th July 2019

  • Painted Lady: single butterfly outside CALL office, Lochinver (Vickii Campen) and 150+ around Stoer fank (Claire Belshaw)

29th July 2019

  • Dark Green Fritillary: single butterfly on Clachtoll croft, 100m inland from Broch (Eilidh Summers)
  • Bedstraw Hawk-Moth (Hyles gallii): single moth feeding on machair clover, Achmelvich (Timothy Drew)

28th July 2019

  • Black-throated Diver: 16 birds off Achmelvich Bay (DAH) Photo - Gallery Birds
  • Mistle Thrush: seven birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

27th July 2019

  • Basking Shark: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Geoff Pringle and family)

25th July 2019

  • Common Dolphin: 10+ animals off Raffin (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three adults, one with a calf, off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Lara Cordwell)
  • Swift: two birds over Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: two adult birds, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

23rd July 2019

  • Turnstone: c20 birds Bay of Culkein (AS). Quite a day for autumn passage birds with six species recorded; see  sightings below.
  • Bar-tailed Godwit: nine birds flying over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Redshank: eight birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 75 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Sanderling: four adult birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: single adult and four very small chicks, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 116 Clashnessie Bay and 22 Bay of Culkein (DAH)

21st July 2019

  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults off Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: five adults and a single juvenile off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird, Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: four adult birds, Loch Inver (DAH)

19th July 2019

  • Common Dolphin: 12+ animals off Clachtoll (Tam Barnshaw)
  • Magpie moth: single in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Osprey: single bird 'fishing' near Inchnadamph (Joe Smith)

17th July 2019

  • Minke Whale: single animal breaching at least 10 times off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Manx Shearwater: dozens of birds feeding off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)

15th July 2019

  • Swift: single bird heading south-east off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH). Could this be the start of the autumn migration?

14th July 2019

  • Fin Whale: single animal approximately 6km off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH). This whale, which is the second largest animal on the planet, was visible, between dives for food, for over two hours. Several heavily cropped photos on Gallery - Whales & Dolphins
  • Pine Marten: single animal in Badnaban garden (Dave Bird)

13th July 2019

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoer (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single immature bird, Loch an Aigeil (DAH)

12th July 2019

  • Pine Marten: single animal along the Achmelvich road (Liza Downie)

11th July 2019

  • Osprey: single bird south of Inchnadamph Old Kirk (Gordon Sleight)

10th July 2019

  • Harbour Porpoise: three animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse and two between Eilean Chrona and Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two adult birds, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

9th July 2019

  • Little Grebe: single bird on Loch Culag (Vickii Campen)

8th July 2019

  • Dark Green Fritillary: seven butterflies all feeding on red clover, Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH). This animal was first seen at 1.15pm and was around 6km south-east of the lighthouse. It was spotted several times moving east-west until, without warning at 6pm, it appeared about 250m off the lighthouse moving slowly north-west. Photo Gallery - Whales & Dolphins
  • Common Dolphin: 20+ animals off Raffin (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single sub-adult bird being mobbed by a Buzzard near Oldany Farmhouse (DAH)

7th July 2019

  • House Martin: at least five birds gathering mud for nests, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Eider: two adult females and two well grown juveniles, Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: two adult females and three small chicks, Oldany Estuary (DAH)

6th July 2019

  • Golden-ringed Dragonfly: single alongside River Inver to the east of the Brackloch road loop (Chris and Fran Barley)
  • Common Sandpiper: three birds, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Moorhen: single adult bird, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: four adult birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo - Gallery Birds
  • Peregrine: single juvenile bird over Culkein Stoer (DAH)

5th July 2019

  • Sedge Warbler: single bird, Culkein Stoer (James Pam)
  • Bullfinch: single male near Loch Poll track (DAH)

4th July 2019

  • Manx Shearwater: single bird off Stoer Lighthouse (James Pam)
  • Dunlin: single bird Bay of Culkein (James Pam)

2nd July 2019

  • Great Northern Diver: single bird, Bay of Culkein (James Pam)
  • Magpie: single adult, Culkein Stoer (DAH). Very likely one of the birds that was reported several weeks ago.