September 2019 Sightings

30th September 2019

  • Pink-footed Goose: two skeins (15 and c60) over Drumbeg heading south east (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: single butterfly near Oldany estuary (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

29th September 2019

  • Harbour Porpoise: five animals, including a calf, off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Otter: single animal feeding off Culkein Stoer jetty (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 20 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: five birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Teal: eight birds flying in and out of Bay of Culkein (DAH)

28th September 2019

  • Otter: single animal seen from Drumbeg viewpoint (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Pink-footed Goose: c60 over Loch Dhrombaig heading south-east (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 20+ birds in Nedd garden (Doug McAdam) and 13 on overhead wire, Drumbeg (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Tawny Owl: male heard calling for a couple of minutes around 22.00 near Drumbeg (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird unsuccessfully swooping past birds feeders, Drumbeg garden (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Grey Wagtail: single bird flying over An Cala, Lochinver (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

27th September 2019

  • Small Tortoiseshell butterfly: single butterfly Clachtoll Broch (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

25th September 2019

  • Starling: c120 birds in Clachtoll garden (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

24th September 2019

  • Common Dolphin: 20+ very active animals off Achmelvich (Romany Garnett)
  • Black-throated Diver: three birds off Rubha Leumair, south of Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

22nd September 2019

  • Curlew: five birds over Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Red Admiral butterfly: single butterfly on coastal path between Broch and Bay of Stoer (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults and a calf off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Guillemot: adult with recently fledged juvenile off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). This is a very late fledging.

21st September 2019

  • Common Dolphin: active pod of around 12 animals off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

18th September 2019

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird heading north over Culkein Stoer (Jonathan Hewitt)

17th September 2019

  • Whooper Swan: single bird on Loch na Claise (Mike Crutch)

16th September 2019

  • Red Admiral butterfly: single butterfly, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: two skeins, both c70 birds, high over Culkein Drumbeg mid-evening (DAH)
  • Moorhen: single adult and well grown juvenile bird, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single male, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Sanderling: six juvenile birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

12th September 2019

  • Brent Goose: 51 pale bellied birds feeding in Bay of Culkein (Rob Swift)
  • Knot: single bird, Bay of Culkein (Rob Swift)
  • Peacock butterfly: single butterfly in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)

11th September 2019

  • Twite: 80 birds, Achmelvich (Rob Swift)
  • Brent Goose: 18 pale bellied birds flying south, off Rubh'an Dunain (Rob Swift)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: single bird, Culkein Stoer (Rob Swift)
  • Jackdaw: 36 birds, Elphin (DAH)

10th September 2019

  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird hunting Fulmars, off Stoerhead Lighthouse, it caught three which all escaped its grasp! (Rob Swift)

9th September 2019

  • Swallow: 10+ birds, Culkein Stoer (Rob Swift)

8th September 2019

  • Dunlin: eight birds, Bay of Culkein (Rob Swift)
  • Sanderling: eight birds, Bay of Culkein (Rob Swift)

7th September 2019

  • Common Hawker: single dragonfly basking in afternoon sun on garage wall, Nedd (Ian Evans)
  • Red Admiral and Speckled Wood: singles of each butterfly on flowers of garden mint, Nedd (Ian Evans)

5th September 2019

  • Magpie: two reports from Culkein Stoer this week - two birds on 2nd September (Ian Evans and daughter) then a single 5th September (Ian and Pam MacKenzie).
  • Long-tailed Tit: 16 birds feeding and moving through birch trees, Torbreck (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: single male, Torbreck (DAH)

3rd September 2019

  • Pomarine Skua: single pale morph adult off Stoer Lighthouse harassing Kittiwake (DAH)
  • Manx Shearwater: 15 birds off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: c14 off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 34 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single juvenile bird, Culkein Stoer (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Bar-tailed Godwit: three adult birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: Six including a calf seen from Drumbeg viewpoint car park (AS) 
  • Harbour Seal: 71 between Dornie and Culkein Drumbeg harbour moulting on rocks

2nd September 2019

  • White-tailed Eagle: single adult bird just above houses, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

1st September 2019

  • Sparrowhawk: single bird sitting on the ground at top of Badnaban slipway (Gwen Richards)
  • Mistle Thrush: 41 birds on overhead wires, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Sanderling: 20 birds, all juveniles Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit: two birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)