Long-tailed Skua – 8 past Stoerhead Lighthouse and 5 past Clachtoll, 19th May (D and A Haines). A rare sight in Assynt and at this time of year their tail streamers were really obvious.
Whimbrel – 3 Clashmore, 19th May (Gwen Richards)
Arctic Skua – 1 pale form over Clachtoll, 19th May (D and A Haines)
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Red Kite – 1 over Clashnessie, 30th April (Howard Grey). Our first 2013 record after a good number last year.
Merlin – Achnacarnin, 30th April.
Peregrine- Clachtoll, 27th April
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Linnet – 1 Clachtoll, 31st March (Andy Summers)
Twite – 5 feeding in garden Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (Corinne France)
Pink-footed Goose – unseen but heard flying over Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (D and A Haines) Looks like spring is well on its way with these geese making their spring migration to the north-west.
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Lapwing – 7 on the crofts at Clachtoll 28th February (Andy Summers).
White-tailed Sea Eagle – with no tags over Torbreck 26th February (Andy Summers).
Whooper Swan – 5 adults Loch Ailsh, 26th February, (Andy Summers).
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Great Northern Diver – Culkein Stoer, 30th January (Andy Summers)
54 Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 22 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 4 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 32 Oystercatycher – Culkein Stoer, 30th January (Andy Summers)
Greylag Geese – 7 Clachtoll, 29th January (Andy Summers)
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BIRDS and WAXWING sightings
White-tailed Eagle – 1 (adult) over Scron, 27th December (A. Summers) This helps soften the blow of the dead eagle from the 23rd, a bit!
Barn Owl – 1 in Clachtoll garden, 26th December (A. Cook)
White-tailed Eagle – Sadly this was a report of a dead bird on the beach at Balchladich on 23rd December (A. Roberts). Andy Summers visited the site on the 26th and removed a leg ring and coloured wing tag from it so that the bird’s history can be obtained.
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BIRDS and WAXWING SIGHTINGS
Moorhen – 1 Loch na Claise and Loch an Aigeil, 30th November
Goldeneye – 3 (1 male 2 female) Loch an Aigeil, 30th November
Woodcock – 4 Torbreck, 30th November (G. Richards)
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Long-tailed Tit – 8 in garden Clashmore, 31st October (GS)
Redwing and Fieldfare – c1000 Cnocnaneach, 31st October
Woodcock – 1 near Rhicarn, 30th October (AS)
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Jackdaw – 28 feeding near Elphin, 29th September
Brent Goose – 10 Bay of Culkein and 6 Clashnessie Bay, 28th September. All these birds were of the ‘pale bellied’ race which arrive at this time from Greenland or Arctic Canada.
Red-breasted Merganser – 4 (females) Loch Druim Suardalain, 27th September
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Golden Eagle – 2 over Clachtoll, 31st August (AV)
Short-eared Owl – 1 near Loch Crom, Glencanisp, 31st August (AS). A rare sighting for Assynt of a species which may be under-recorded.
Red Kite – 2 over Stoer, 28th August. The second sighting of two Kites in as many months.
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