Sightings

18th August 2017

  • Common Dolphin: small pod of around six animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: 10 over Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: c55 past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: six over car park at Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: 12 feeding on road near Strathcroy (DAH)

17th August 2017

  • Whimbrel: single bird with two Curlew Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Skua: ten in total either on or following local creel boat off Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Sanderling: two adult birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: eight juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult bird feeding on croft near Stoer Village Hall (DAH)

16th August 2017

  • House Martin: 16 feeding over harbour area Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: five on shore line rocks Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

15th August 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: single bird seen on shore of Cam Loch (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Curlew: five on Stoer green (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: four (adult and three juveniles) Culkein Stoer (DAH)

14th August 2017

  • Willow Warbler: bird heard singing in Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This is likely to be a juvenile bird getting in some practise for next year

13th August 2017

  • Common Dolphin: several small pods of 4-20 animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single dark morph bird harassing a Kittiwake off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Tawny Owl: single bird calling over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Merlin: single bird hunting just above grass height near Raffin (DAH)
  • Common or Harbour Seal: 48 off Culkein Drumbeg jetty (DAH)

12th August 2017

  • Willow Warbler: single bird feeding in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)
  • Common Dolphin: 50+ between Clachtoll and Bay of Stoer (DAH/Tam and Cilla Barnshaw/Stuart Belshaw)
  • Moorhen: single juvenile bird Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: three Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Redshank: 12 Bay of Culkein and 30+ over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Linnet: adult male and two juveniles Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • House Sparrow: 21 Culkein Stoer and c30 Balchladich (DAH)

11th August 2017

  • Slow-worm: single crossing track near Ardroe (Margaret Mason)
  • Sparrowhawk: single adult bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two adult birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: seven juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: two juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Otter: single sighting at Achmelvich (AS)

8th August 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: two off Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Osprey: single bird being mobbed by Buzzard over Little Assynt (Don O'Driscoll)
  • Common Dolphin: c100 off Clachtoll (Emma Steel and Emily Burton, Whale and Dolphin Conservation)
  • Red-throated Diver: five (2 adult 3 juvenile) off Clachtoll (DAH)

7th August 2017

  • Bullfinch: two calling in trees near Loch Poll track (DAH)
  • Curlew: three adults Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: adult female and three mid-sized fledglings Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Otter: single in Loch Inver off Baddidarach (Michael Mason)
  • Antler Moth: two on wall of Achmelvich Youth Hostel (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Pebble Prominent moth: single on wall of Achmelvich Youth Hostel (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Six-spot Burnet Moth: four in Achmelvich Youth Hostel garden (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Small Tortoiseshell butterfly: single near Ardroe (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: multiple sightings near Ardroe (Sarah Livingstone)

6th August 2017

  • White-tailed Eagle: four, including non-adult birds, flying over Little Assynt All Abilities path car park (Stewart Yates). This species does not breed in Assynt but an interesting record.
  • Common Dolphin: pod of 15+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Tam Barnshaw)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two adults off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell butterfly: singles seen at Culkein Stoer (DAH) and Clachtoll (Les and Liz Pearce)

5th August 2017

  • Redshank: single bird Rubh'an Dunain (Gwen Richards)
  • Swallow: 30+ feeding over Culkein Stoer and the bay (DAH)
  • Twite: 17 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Dunlin: eight (1 adult 7 juvenile) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: eleven (adults and juveniles) Bay of Culkein (DAH)

3rd August 2017

  • Otter: two orphaned otter cubs rescued near Clachtoll; story and photographs under Articles & News

2nd August 2017

  • Red-breasted Merganser: seven (adults and juveniles) Oldany estuary (DAH)

1st August 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: two adults off Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: total 60+ in several pods off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three adults off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

30th July 2017

  • Lapwing: single juvenile bird near Ledmore junction (DAH)

27th July 2017

  • Swallow: six birds on electricity wire Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

26th July 2017

  • Curlew: four birds flying over Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Black-headed Gull: single bird on Achmelvich machair (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Herring Gull: 48 Bay of Culkein (DAH). A mixed age flock but the majority were by far juvenile birds.
  • Red-throated Diver: two adults Bay of Culkein (DAH)

25th July 2017

  • Peregrine: three birds (one adult and two juveniles) over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single adult Clashnessie Bay and two juvenile birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)

24th July 2017

  • Greenshank: single adult Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: single Loch Kirkaig and two Loch Inver (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Eider: three adult females and three well grown juveniles Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: adult male feeding juvenile Culkein Drumbeg (DAH
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Knot: single juvenile bird off Badnaban (Gwen Richards)
  • Adder: young animal basking on house patio Inverkirkaig (Jacqueline Last and her son Seamus)

23rd July 2017

  • Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba): single near Elphin (Gwen Richards)
  • Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris): numerous burrows and droppings recorded near Loch Urigill (Ian Evans). Given how difficult Water Vole are to see this is about as close as you get to knowing they are around. Photo on Land Mammals gallery.
  • Ringed Plover: single adult and two active chicks Loch Urigill (DAH)

21st July 2017

  • Butterflies: Grayling, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Dark Green Fritillary all seen in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Common Dolphin: 6+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: two pale morph birds off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird calling from reeds Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: adult and three very small chicks Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

19th July 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: four adults Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Teal: single female Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

18th July 2017

  • Adder: single animal seen basking in sun on old road near Little Assynt (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Eider: four adult females and nine well grown juveniles Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • House Martin: six occupied nests on one Culkein Drumbeg building with young being fed by parents (DAH)
  • Blackbird: five juvenile birds around Balchladich garden (Jane Mallalieu)

16th July 2017

  • Peregrine Falcon: single adult bird resting on rock face Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja): single in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Manx Shearwater: single bird off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). The strong westerly wind will be pushing these birds closer to our coastline.
  • White Wagtail: an adult and a juvenile Bay of Culkein (DAH). Another sign that the autumn migration is underway.
  • Golden Plover: single adult bird using distraction display near Balchladich (Ian MacKenzie)

15th July 2017

  • Cuckoo: the juvenile bird reported from Balchladich on 8th July was seen being fed by Meadow Pipit 'parents', the most common host species in Assynt (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

14th July 2017

  • Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja): single flying near Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Gannet: four birds diving for food for over an hour just off Clachtoll beach (Elliot Bligh)

13th July 2017

  • Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus): single near Achmelvich Bridge (George Morrison). Wonder if this and the specimen that was seen near Rhicarn are one and the same?
  • Black-throated Diver: three adults Clashnessie Bay only 3-4 metres off shore (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single adult Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Swallow: eight feeding very low over Culag Park Lochinver (DAH)
  • Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus): single specimen feeding near Rhicarn is only second record for Assynt (DAH). Photo on Beetles gallery.

12th July 2017

  • Cetaceans: yet another great day of cetacean sightings off Stoer Head Lighthouse - 2 Harbour Porpoise, c150 Common Dolphin (photo on Marine gallery), c45 White-beaked Dolphin and a single Minke Whale (DAH)
  • Guillemot: eight (4 adults and 4 juveniles) off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH). The adults will be males as they look after the flightless young birds after they leap from the nest ledge.
  • mixed Common and Arctic Terns: c180 feeding off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)

11th July 2017

  • Orca (Killer Whale): six animals, comprising 1 male, 3 females and 2 calves, off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley). From a sighting of this group off the Summer Isles at the weekend we know that these animals are from the Northern Isles population.

10th July 2017

  • Otter: single animal Lochinver breakwater (Laura Traynor)
  • Common Dolphin: three pods totalling over 50 animals feeding off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna juncea): single male 'hawking' along edge of trees near Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two 1st-summer birds off Clachtoll (DAH)

9th July 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: two feeding off Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two close in Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Dunlin: nine Bay of Culkein (DAH). These birds were all adults and will be on autumn passage either because they failed to breed or have been successful and left the young birds to fend for themselves.
  • Curlew: two Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: four (adult male and three juveniles) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus): two flying near Raffin bothies (DAH)

8th July 2017

  • Cuckoo: juvenile bird perched on Balchladich garden wall, unfortunately it flew before a 'parent' bird came to feed it (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Bullfinch: two adults and two juveniles on peanut feeder in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Slow-worm: single animal near Loch na Bruthaich (Chris Puddephatt)

7th July 2017

  • Cetaceans: another exciting day of cetacean sightings off Stoer Head Lighthouse with Harbour Porpoise, Common Dolphin, White-beaked Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin all seen by lots of visitors (DAH)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: adult seen feeding juvenile bird Cnocnaneach area (Gwen Richards)

6th July 2017

  • Garden Tiger moth (Arctia caja): very fresh adult near fishing bothy Clachtoll (Millie Galway)

5th July 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: between eight and ten off Rubh'an Dunain (Kath Ainslie)
  • Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata): large numbers once again on the wing at Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: three off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: six (5 adults one calf) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley/DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 100+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: six (5 adults, one calf) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: 25 heading north past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: two over Stoer Head Lighthouse, one pale morph adult and dark morph juvenile (DAH)

4th July 2017

  • Oystercatcher: 25 on grass at north end of Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Gull: 64 Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)

3rd July 2017

  • Little Grebe: two adults and single fledged chick Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae): three near Clachtoll beach car park (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: four on Clachtoll grazings (DAH)

1st July 2017

  • Osprey: single bird flying west near Ledmore junction (Clare Hawley)
  • Otter: single animal swimming and feeding from Rubh'an Dunain towards Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Scaup: single adult male Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Teal: three Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Curlew: two Balchladich (DAH
  • Starling: c80 adults and juveniles Balchladich (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird in full breeding plumage Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: four Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

30th June 2017

  • Bullfinch: pair on peanut feeder in Torbreck garden three days running (Gwen Richards)

28th June 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: single adult Loch Assynt (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single adult in the Doire Duibhe (Black Wood) (DAH)
  • Osprey: single bird heading west over Loch Urigill (Bill Badger)
  • Grey Wagtail: single juvenile on the Abhainn a' Chnocain (DAH
  • Common Blue butterfly: several along the Abhainn a' Chnocain (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: very active colony on the Abhainn a' Chnocain near Elphin (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: hunting Chaffinch near Torbreck (Michael Rochester)

27th June 2017

  • Magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata): large numbers on the wing at Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: single adult male flying north off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: three birds over Raffin, two dark and one pale morph (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single adult Bay of Culkein (DAH). Start of the autumn passage?
  • Eider: single adult male in eclipse plumage Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Arctic Tern: two birds feeding Bay of Culkein (DAH)

26th June 2017

  • Woodcock: single bird flew overhead around 11pm on road to Achmelvich (Gwen Richards)

25th June 2017

  • Straw Dot moth (Rivula sericealis): two near Glencanisp Lodge (Gwen Richards). Photo on Moths Gallery
  • Common Frog: single animal found near Glencanisp Lodge walled garden (AH)
  • Common Toad: several around Glencanisp Lodge (AH)
  • Black-throated Diver: pair on Loch Druim Suardalain, Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: single bird feeding from wall of walled garden Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Blackcap: at least two singing around Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: two around Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: single bird calling Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)

22nd June 2017

  • Osprey: single adult over Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: 18 feeding Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: two Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Loch Inver (DAH)

21st June 2017

  • Common Dolphin: two small pods, 5 and 6 animals, off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: several sightings of single animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: four flying past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: two birds seen and heard calling at the foot of Quinag (Sarah Livingstone)

20th June 2017

  • House Sparrow: eight birds dust bathing Achmelvich beach car park (DAH)

19th June 2017

  • Eider: three females with seven ducklings Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • House Martin: six feeding over Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Blue damselfly: single male near Oldany estuary (DAH)

18th June 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: single female Oldany estuary (Dave McBain)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single immature bird Balchladich (DAH)

17th June 2017

  • Barn Owl: turning up on feeding station in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester). This bird may have learned that the voles, etc. in the area are scavenging food scraps and so is sitting in wait for them!
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird Loch na Bruthaich north of Clashnessie (DAH). This loch only infrequently has birds on it but being immediately adjacent to the B869 you are sure of a good view of any birds that do turn up.

15th June 2017

  • Sand Martin: 14+ feeding along River Traligill near bridge carrying the A837 (DAH)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing in trees near Inchnadamph Hotel (DAH)
  • Yellowhammer: bird singing near Loch an Ordain (DAH)

14th June 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: two adults and two chicks on remote lochan Glencanisp (Stuart Belshaw)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)
  • Arctic Skua: two pale morph birds off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Razorbill and Guillemot: c550 loafing on sea off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: single bird calling near Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Small Heath butterfly: single on Croft 81 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary: single on Croft 81 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

13th June 2017

  • Common Dolphin: c50 very active animals off Clachtoll (Neil Davis and Janice Birchenall)
  • Otter: single animal in sea off Clachtoll Broch (Neil Davis and Janice Birchenall)
  • Blackcap: single bird singing near Reintraid (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird at east end of Loch a' Chairn Bhain (DAH)

11th June 2017

  • Golden Plover: single female near Stoerhead Lighthouse (Tam Barnshaw)
  • Canada Goose: 34 flew in and landed on grassland before moving out to the sea Clashnessie (DAH). Photo Birds Gallery
  • Ringed Plover: several on nests Bay of Culkein and single nest Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Please take care if you go on to our beaches at this time of year, whether sandy or pebbly; Ringed Plover nests and eggs are very, very difficult to see and as a result can get stood on and destroyed, thank you.
  • Teal: single male Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: five Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Lapwing: single adult male and two chicks near Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Redshank: single bird calling Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Tern: four visible on off shore island near Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

10th June 2017

  • Shelduck: two (a pair) in Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH). Still present the following day. Photo on Birds Gallery.
  • Eider: two females and three ducklings Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Great Skua: 22 off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). These birds were on the surface of the sea apparently feeding along with mixed species of gulls.
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Tam Barnshaw)

8th June 2017

  • Bullfinch: single male eating daisy petals in Glenleraig garden (Clare Hawley)
  • Greylag Goose: two adults with five goslings Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Curlew: single bird Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Chimney Sweeper moth (Odezia atrata): single flying near Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

7th June 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Mallard: eight ducklings Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH). Photo on Birds Gallery
  • Cuckoo: two birds flying over Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)

6th June 2017

  • Greenshank: single adult Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: two adults Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)

5th June 2017

  • Pied Wagtail: two adults and two fledged juveniles Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: five off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: two in Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two in Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

3rd June 2017

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird in 'garden' Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Blackcap: single bird singing near Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Chiffchaff: two birds calling around Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Cormorant: single adult Bay of Stoer (DAH)

2nd June 2017

  • Globeflower: flowering in profusion Achmelvich (DAH). Photo Flowering Plants & Ferns gallery.
  • Orchids: Early Purple, Heath Spotted and Early Marsh all in flower Achmelvich (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: two adults feeding fledged juvenile Clachtoll (DAH)

1st June 2017

  • Greenshank: single bird calling over Clashnessie (Roger Kershaw)
  • Sparrowhawk: female taking a female Blackbird in Glendarroch garden (Mike Day)
  • Goldeneye: single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata): single moth in Elphin garden (Bill Badger)
  • Common Seal: 42 and a single Grey Seal Oldany estuary area (DAH)
  • House Martin: six around usual nest sites Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

31st May 2017

  • Dipper: single bird on Loch Drumbeg (Steve Collie)
  • Dunlin: 18 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single pale morph off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)

30th May 2017

  • Greenshank: 2 Adults on Drumbeg peat road (AS)
  • Harbour Porpoise: Single animal seen from Drumbeg view point 3pm (AS)

29th May 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 2+ animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: c9 very active animals off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH and others)
  • Minke Whale: two animals feeding off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley and others)
  • Golden Plover: single bird near Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: 5 adults chasing and displaying at Loch Crocach (AS)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: single bird in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

28th May 2017

  • Otter: Single animal eating fish on pier at Culkein Stoer (Mike Young)
  • Painted Lady butterfly: single flying over grassland Bay of Stoer (DAH
  • Minke Whale: single adult off Balchladich lunge feeding under circling gulls (DAH)
  • Glaucous Gull: single immature bird feeding with c50 Kittiwake off Balchladich (DAH)
  • Stonechat: single fledged juvenile near Totag (DAH)

27th May 2017

  • Mallard: Female and two chicks Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer (AS)
  • Snipe: two adult birds, one of which was sheltering a chick, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Lapwing: at least nine adult birds with 11+ chicks Culkein Stoer (DAH). The number of breeding Lapwing has increased at this site over the past few years which is really good news.
  • Temminck’s Stint: the single bird reported yesterday was still showing well at Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo on Birds gallery.
  • Sanderling: seven Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 40 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ruff: single bird near Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: pair in Strathan garden (Clarinda Chant)

26th May 2017

  • Painted Lady butterfly: single in spiralling flight with Red Admiral several times, Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: four animals off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: two animals seen numerous times off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: several sightings with largest group being four animals, all off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single bird Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Temminck’s Stint: single bird in with other waders Bay of Culkein (Chris Cant and Caz Walker). This is the first record of this small wader species in Assynt.
  • Shelduck: two birds flying over Clachtoll and seen later in Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones). This is very likely to be the same two birds as Shelduck sightings have reduced in Assynt.
  • Red Admiral butterfly: two Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Common Dolphin: five off Culkein Drumbeg in Eddrachillis Bay (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Culkein Drumbeg in Eddrachillis Bay (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird over Loch Eileanach (Ian Evans)

25th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: two animals feeding, one adult and one juvenile, off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH and several others)
  • Harbour Porpoise: c10 off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Teun Versluis)
  • Minke Whale: single animal feeding off Split Rock, Clachtoll (Teun Versluis)
  • Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly: two+ in Clachtoll garden (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Arctic Skua: single bird over Bay of Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Common Gull: 75 feeding on the machair at Achmelvich beach (AS)
  • Orca: two animals off Clachtoll (Jim and Ishbel Galway)
  • Plaice: four small fish disturbed in rock pools Clashnessie (CLP & DST)

24th May 2017

  • Chiffchaff: Singing male at Glencanisp Lodge (AS)
  • Blackcap: Singing male at Glencanisp lodge (AS)
  • Common Sandpiper: single bird Loch Druim Suardalain (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Black-throated diver: single bird Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Goldfinch: six at Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)

23rd May 2017

  • Cuckoo: single female being mobbed by Meadow Pipits, Clashnessie (CLP & DST)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: Single adult in breeding plumage at Clachtoll (David Doulton)
  • Lesser Redpoll: two at Little Assynt All-Abilities Path (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Merlin: single bird hunting Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 36 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: two birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)

22nd May 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Clachtoll (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • White Wagtail: single bird Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Turnstone: single bird Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)
  • Sedge Warbler: two in reed bed ditch Bay of Culkein (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones)

21st May 2017

  • Black Throated Diver: Single in Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Turnstone: 3 at Sgeir na Traghad, Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Chiffchaff: Single seen in garden at Clachtoll Cottage (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Ring Ouzel: single male on Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: three flying up Allt nan Uamh, near Bone Caves car park (DAH)
  • Dipper: single on Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH). Photo on Bird Gallery
  • Common Sandpiper: single flying down Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: a pair on Culkein Drumbeg Peat Track and 3 (pair + single female) Allt nan Uamh, Bone Caves (DAH)

20th May 2017

  • 4-Spot Chaser Dragonfly: Several adults flying in the bog in Culag Woods (AS)
  • Palmate newt: 6 seen in ponds in the bog in Culag Woods, Lochinver (AS)

19th May 2017

  • Common Dolphin: c30 very active animals off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red Admiral butterfly: two near Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Snipe: single bird feeding in clear view at east end of Loch Druim Suardalain, Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing from trees to north of Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Blackcap: male singing from trees to north of Glencanisp Lodge (DAH)
  • Yellowhammer: single male singing from top of gorse bush Glencanisp (DAH)

18th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Split Rock, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Split Rock, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: five adults and four chicks Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single birds off Clachtoll and Port Alltan na Bradhan (DAH)
  • Guillemot: 30+ off Clachtoll (DAH)

17th May 2017

  • Reed Bunting: 3 males at Loch an Sabhail, Little Assynt (AS)
  • Lesser Redpoll: 2 calling in suitable breeding habitat Little Assynt (AS)
  • Tree Pipit: Adult singing on Little Assynt estate (AS)
  • Snipe: Adult drumming on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: single bird Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Mixed Gulls: Oldany Estuary - Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Common Gull 19; Great Black-backed Gull 76; Herring Gull 80 (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Orca (Killer Whale): three+ just off Bay of Clachtoll (Nick and Kathy Pidgeon). Here is a copy and paste link to their video on YouTube of this superb encounter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Qy_Dc894I
  • Ptarmigan and Golden Plover: both species recorded on Breabag (Romany Garnett)

16th May 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: two Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

14th May 2017

  • Slow-worm: single animal Oldany dornie (DAH)
  • Treecreeper: single bird collecting food for young Strathan, near Strathcraig (Gwen Richards)
  • Common Tern: two Lochinver Bay (Gwen Richards)
  • Arctic Tern: 15 Badnaban (Gwen Richards)
  • Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris tityus): single seen and photographed at Achmelvich (Alex Murray). Photograph on Gallery-Moths
  • Black-throated Diver: five Achmelvich Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Achmelvich Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: six Loch Roe (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: single female Oldany estuary (DAH
  • House Martin: four birds nest building Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: eight following creel boat off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

13th May 2017

  • Marsh Harrier: single 1st-summer bird hunting near Loch Na Claise (DAH)
  • Moorhen: single bird Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: eleven Balchladich (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: nine Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: three females Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: c50 Balchladich Bay, probably the same birds recorded at Clachtoll on 9th May (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Merlin: male hunting over the beach and crofts Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Dunlin: still c130 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird hunting in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)

12th May 2017

  • Tufted Duck: pair on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: one flying over Loch Drumbeg and one calling in Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single full summer plumage bird in Lochinver Bay (Gwen Richards)
  • White-tailed Eagle: adult over Clachtoll campsite (Jim and Ishbel Galway)
  • Golden Plover: ten on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)

11th May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: large pod (8+) off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Knot: eleven, with several in breeding plumage Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: c220 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: three Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: four Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: four feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 3 Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Mallard: five adults (4 male 1 female) and six ducklings Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: Adult in full breeding plumage, Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Golden Eagle: Single adult on Canisp (Sarah Livingstone)

9th May 2017

  • Large red damselfly: single in flight near Loch Dubh, Ardroe (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Palmate Newts: 7-8 floating near surface in a flooded sink hole on the path to Bone caves (AS)
  • Ring Ouzel: Male singing near Bone Caves car park (AS)
  • Grey Wagtail: Two adults at Allt nan Uamh -Bone Caves stream. (AS)
  • Minke Whale: two animals (1 adult 1 immature) off Clachtoll (DAH) and also reported from Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Harbour Porpoise: three off Raffin (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single dark morph harassing Kittiwake off Raffin (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 115 heading north-west over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Tern: c50 on rocks and feeding in and around Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: c450 feeding off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: three on grazing around Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: Seven on crofts Clachtoll (AS)

8th May 2017

  • Twite: four Achmelvich Youth Hostel garden (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Red-throated diver: two Bay of Clachtoll (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Greenshank: two Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Linnet: single on bird feeder in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: single on Torbreck croft (Gwen Richards)
  • Orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines): single male near Oldany estuary (DAH)

7th May 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: Pair on Glencanisp loch (AS)
  • Whimbrel: four at Clachtoll (AS)
  • St Mark’s Fly: now hatching at Clachtoll (AS)

6th May 2017

  • Kingfisher: single bird seen briefly on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: single in disused quarry on old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Common Carder Bee: single along old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Grasshopper Warbler: single bird 'reeling' near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: pair near Eilean a' Ghamhna and on River Inver near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: two moving through trees near Rientraid (DAH)
  • Heath-spotted orchid: Flowering plant at Stoer headland (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Golden Plover: 30 at Achmore Farm near Ardvreck Castle (Paul Burnett)
  • Common Tern: 2 flying over Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)

5th May 2017

  • Greylag Goose goslings: two adults and five goslings near Clashmore (DAH)
  • Teal: pair Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 96 birds trying to migrate north but forced back towards land as north-easterly wind strengthened off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: Four adults and a calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Reported)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Reported)
  • Pied Flycatcher: single bird near Strathan (Ally Macleod)
  • Linnet: 78 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Twite: 70 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Cuckoo: single bird seen from viewpoint above Rhicarn (Paul Burnett)
  • Common Crane: three at Raffin (Paul Burnett)

4th May 2017

  • Lesser Redpoll: single leucistic bird feeding in Drumbeg garden (Jim Rosenburg). Photo on Gallery - Birds
  • Stoat: single animal hunting near Achnacarnin (Murray Anderson)

3rd May 2017

  • Minke Whale: single immature animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)
  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: two Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: two pairs Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: three (1 male 2 females) Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Peregrine Falcon: single bird hunting through waders Bay of Culkein (Paul Burnett)

2nd May 2017

  • Blackcap: single bird singing near Loch Poll (DAH)
  • Common Tern: three feeding Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: three Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: Many along coastal path at Achmelvich (AS)
  • Pyramidal Bugle: Flowering plants along coastal path at Achmelvich (AS)
  • Common Scoter: Single adult male on sea at Achmelvich bay (AS)
  • Green-veined White butterfly: Single feeding along verge on the Achmelvich road (AS)
  • Great Skua: Single at Eilean Bad nam Ban, Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)

1st May 2017

  • Red Kite: single immature bird over Little Assynt (Paul Burnett)
  • Sand Martin: At least 10 along the River Traligill at Inchnadamph (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Merlin: male hunting near Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird seen flying near Eilean Chrona (DAH); two birds were also reported seen flying near Point of Stoer.
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Arctic Tern: two feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: four feeding in seaweed Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: single bird in summer plumage Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: c50 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Emperor Moth: single female on paving slab outside Lochinver public toilets (Murray Anderson)

30th April 2017

  • Whimbrel: Seven at Culkein Stoer (AS)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: Adult in summer plumage at Culkein Stoer (AS)
  • Pintail: Beautiful adult male feeding in the surf on shoreline of Culkein Stoer (AS); bird still present 1 May (DAH). This is only the second record of Pintail in Assynt.
  • Golden Plover: Flock of c70 in fields at Culkein Stoer (AS)
  • Meadow Pipit: Flock of more than sixty at Stoer Green (AS)
  • Common/Arctic Tern: Two in Clachtoll bay (AS)
  • Common Carder Bumblebee: Several in garden at Clachtoll feeding on comfrey (AS)
  • Red Admiral: Single feeding on dandelions, Clachtoll (AS)
  • Cave Spider (probably Meta menardi): 10+ Cave spiders (probably Meta menardi) seen underground in sewage digester at Glencanisp lodge including 5+ teardrop-shaped eggsacs hanging from the lid. (Stuart Belshaw)

29th April 2017

  • Snow Bunting: single adult male near Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Wigeon: 2 pairs Loch Borralan (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: 2 Loch Drumbeg and a single Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Swallow: 2 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird near Fionn Loch (Sarah Livingstone)

28th April 2017

  • Blackcap: Adult singing Baddidarach, Lochinver (AS)
  • Grasshopper warbler: Singing male at the back of the old Visitor Centre, Lochinver (AS)
  • Black-tailed Godwit: Single in full breeding plumage at Culkein Stoer, (Tony Maskens)
  • Dunnock: 3 fledglings in garden near Torbreck (Michael Rochester)
  • Cuckoo: single bird heard Badnaban (Dave Bird)
  • Ring Ouzel: 2 birds near Bealach a' Chornaidh on Quinag (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Cuckoo: bird calling Culkein Drumbeg (Amanda MacRae)
  • Whimbrel: Seven at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: Pair at Inverkirkaig bay (AS

27th April 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: 5 Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Redwing: 3 near Totag (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: single bird heard in Drumbeg (Wendy Glover)

26th April 2017

  • Tufted Duck: 2 pairs Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: 4 Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: 2 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Merlin: single male unsuccessfully chasing Meadow Pipits for 2-3 minutes Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 15 Culkein Stoer and 12 Clashmore (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: 6 on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Grey Heron: Nine active nests in Culag Wood. Eggs hatched. (AS)

25th April 2017

  • Lesser Redpoll: 2 in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Brambling: single female on garden feeder Balchladich (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Cuckoo: single bird heard in Drumbeg (Angus MacCrimmon)

24th April 2017

  • Lapwing: 2 pairs near Raffin (Willie & Sue Jack)
  • Ring Ouzel: pair feeding in disused quarry above Glenleraig (DAH)
  • Snow Bunting: single, summer plumage male feeding on road side near Cnoc Coire a' Bhaic (NC2430) (DAH)

23rd April 2017

  • Common Sandpiper: Single on the beach at Inverkirkaig (AS)
  • Whimbrel: 3 on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Whimbrel: 21 Culkein Stoer (Jonathan Hewitt)
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st/2nd winter bird Achmelvich Bay (Jonathan Hewitt)
  • Glaucous Gull: single 1st/2nd winter bird Achmelvich Bay (Jonathan Hewitt)
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird singing in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Ringed Plover: Pair at Inverkirkaig bay (AS)
  • Oystercatcher: 8 in Inverkirkaig bay (AS)
  • Greylag Goose: Pair Inverkirkaig bay (AS)

22nd April 2017

  • Sanderling: 2 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Swallow: 2 feeding Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: 3 males Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: 7 flying north past Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Pomarine Skua: single bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: 2 flying past Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH

21st April 2017

  • Golden Eagle: single bird soaring near Kylesku (Mike Lippert)
  • Brambling: single male on peanut feeder in Nedd garden (Ian Evans)
  • Redshank: 10 over Culkein Drumbeg harbour (DAH)
  • Peregrine: female bird chasing one of four Lapwing over Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: 3 (2 male 1 female) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Teal: 4 (2 pairs) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: 7 adults and immatures Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

20th April 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: Single bird in Clachtoll bay (AS)
  • Whimbrel: Single at Clachtoll broch (AS)

19th April 2017

  • Swallow: single bird over Balchladich garden (07:30) (Gordon and Lesley Sleight) and also over Torbreck garden (15:30) (Gwen Richards)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoerhead Lighthouse 11.30am (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 7 over Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 2 Pairs Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer (AS)
  • Redwing: 8 birds at Clachtoll (AS)

18th April 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: 2 Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: Pair on River Inver (AS)
  • Little Grebe: Single bird on Loch Sgeireach, Stoer (AS)

17th April 2017

  • Pink-footed Goose: c700 resting near Culkein Stoer; several skeins were heading north-west mid-morning but the weather closed in off Point of Stoer. The birds circled for a few minutes before landing to wait on another weather window (DAH)
  • Snipe: Single bird alarming on Clachtoll Crofts (AS)
  • Greylag Goose: c80 birds on landed Clachtoll crofts (AS)

16th April 2017

  • Little Grebe: 2 on Loch an Aigeil (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Glaucous Gull: single 1st-winter bird Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Minke Whale: 2 animals feeding c3km off Stoerhead Lighthouse for around 1.5 hours (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 5 skeins with a total of 1000+ birds heading north-west over Stoerhead Lighthouse and The Minch (DAH)
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Merlin: single female near Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: 23 over Stoerhead Lighthouse heading north-west (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: 5 adults Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Red-beasted Merganser: 2 pairs Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Eider: 3 pairs Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Greylag goose: 150 flying over Stoer (AS)
  • Goldcrest: Single Clachtoll (AS)
  • Greenshank: Single flying over Clachtoll crofts (AS)

15th April 2017

  • Snow bunting: Single at Culkein Stoer (Tony Maskens)
  • Barnacle Goose: Single with Greylags at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Greylag Goose: 26 on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Bonxie: 4 flying passed Clachtoll (AS)
  • Lapwing: 2 pairs on Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Redwing: Single at Clachtoll (AS)

14th April 2017

  • Goldeneye: pair Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

13th April 2017

  • Merlin: single bird over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Redwing: 8 and 2 Song Thrush, Valhalla Croft, Inverkirkaig (Stuart Byers & Nicola Cassidy)
  • Common Lizard: single animal along bank of River Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Chaffinch: numerous males and females Inverkirkaig; one female seen nest building (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: a pair feeding around Achin's Bookshop, Inverkirkaig (DAH)
  • Willow Warbler: 2 birds singing Inverkirkaig (DAH)
  • Greenshank: 2 Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single Loch Inver (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 4 Loch Kirkaig (DAH)

12th April 2017

  • Oil beetle: single in garden at Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)
  • Wood Anemone: several in flower Kirkaig Falls path and River Inver path (Gwen Richards)

11th April 2017

  • Black-headed Gull: single bird Clashnessie together with good number of Common Gulls (Ian Evans)
  • Jackdaw: c25 on dung heap Elphin. Always good to see Assynt's only colony of Jackdaws. (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: 3 (1 male 2 females) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)

10th April 2017

  • Harbour (Common) Seal: 50 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Redshank: 2 Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird perched on shed roof at fish farm, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: Two Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (Andy Summers)
  • Grey Wagtail: 2 in garden at Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)

9th April 2017

  • Greenshank: 3 Loch Roe (Romany Garnett)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: 5 Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: 2 Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: single skein of 132 birds over Culkein Drumbeg 07.35 (DAH)

8th April 2017

  • Dipper: juvenile bird being fed by its parents on River Inver (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing Glencanisp (Romany Garnett)
  • Redwing: c45 moving around Culkein Drumbeg and a single bird, not part of flock, singing (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: single skein of 42 birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Willow Warbler: single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Lapwing: single bird on territory near Ledmore Junction (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Red deer: 12+ Lon Ruadh, Oldany (Ian Evans)

7th April 2017

  • Willow Warbler: single bird heard singing but not seen, Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Stoat: single animal Culkein Stoer (Kath Ainslie)
  • Common Snipe: 2 birds 'drumming' near 'The Smithy' Stoer (Ian Evans)
  • Slow-worm: single animal moving through grass near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird in breeding plumage Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 35 feeding Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Teal: pair on Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 9 around Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Greenshank: 2 Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: 2 males over Achmelvich bridge (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: pair near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Siskin: single male near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: pair feeding near Rhicarn (DAH)

6th April 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: 2 on Loch Drumbeg; this is not a breeding loch but these birds seem to spend a few days here before moving on (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: pair on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)

5th April 2017

  • Redwing: 7 Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single male Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)

4th April 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: single bird in breeding plumage in harbour area Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Eider: pair in Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Cormorant: single with breeding patch in harbour area Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

3rd April 2017

  • Redwing: many calling Nedd (Ian Evans)

2nd April 2017

  • False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta): 3 on conifer bark in grounds of Glencanisp Lodge (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Wheatear: several birds around Clachtoll Peat Track above Maiden Loch (Liz Burns)
  • Great Black-backed Gull: 2 on Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (Liz Burns)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing Glencanisp Lodge (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Slow-worm: 2 near Glencanisp Lodge (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Evergreen alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens): several flowering in walled garden of Glencanisp Lodge (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Snipe: single bird calling then flying, Bad na h-Achlaise, Glencanisp (Ian Evans/Gwen Richards)
  • Six gull species: surface feeding Bay of Stoer - Herring Gull 118; Common Gull 48; Great Black-backed Gull 5; Kittiwake 3; Black-headed Gull 1; Iceland Gull 1 (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: 2 Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Redwing: 3 Balchladich (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 9 near Balchladich (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: 2 in breeding plumage Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (Liz Burns)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 68 in two skeins (40 + 28) over Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: 3 females in trees near Loch Poll (DAH)

1st April 2017

  • Risso’s Dolphin: 3 - adult male and a female with her calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Teal: 3 (1 male 2 females) Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird Oldany Estuary (DAH)
  • Stonechat: a pair back at traditional breeding location near Raffin (DAH)
  • Peregrine: single female hunting Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird flying over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 28 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 13 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: 2 off Bay of Culkein and 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 7 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: 3 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Song Thrush: single bird singing since approximately 6.30am Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

31st March 2017

  • Sparrowhawk: single bird being chased by Hooded Crow, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 6 (3 pairs) Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

30th March 2017

  • Reed Bunting: single male lochside tree Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: 5 (3 males 2 females) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: pair at the east end of Loch Assynt (Helen Morrison)
  • Linnet: 33 caught and ringed at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)
  • Twite: 21 at Clachtoll (Tony Mainwood)

29th March 2017

  • Greenshank: 3 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single adult bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

28th March 2017

  • Little Grebe: pair Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (Ian Evans)
  • Greenshank: single bird calling on Loch Nedd (Ian Evans)
  • Redwing: 9 Inchnadamph Church Yard (Helen Morrison)

27th March 2017

  • Palmate Newt: 6+ in roadside pool Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: single bird on garden feeder Cathair Dhubh (Roger Glover)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 7 Lochinver bay (Andy Summers)
  • Redwing: single birds Nedd and Clashnessie (Ian Evans)
  • House Sparrow: 14 Lochinver garden (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 Glencanisp (DAH)
  • Wheatear: single bird Stoer (Howard and Julie Grey)
  • Lapwing: single bird Lochan an Tairbh, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

26th March 2017

  • Risso’s Dolphin: mother and calf off Clachtoll and a single male off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Wheatear: single male birds Clachtoll (Ian MacDonald) and Clashnessie (DAH) and a pair Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 2 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 8 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Twite: 24 Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Curlew: 6 Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: 2 Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell: single flying near Clashnessie (Chris Puddephatt)

25th March 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 6 (4 adults 2 calves) feeding off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Razorbill: 5 Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single bird off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Eider: 8 off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 24 on breeding grounds Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Turnstone: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: 6 (5 males 1 female) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Bay of Culkein and a single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell: single at Clachtoll (Roz Summers)

24th March 2017

  • Black-headed Gull: Five in Lochinver bay (andy Summers)
  • Stoat: 2 hunting Clachtoll (Jim and Ishbel Galway)

23rd March 2017

  • White-tailed bumblebee: Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvy)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Teal: single male Loch an Tairbh, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Slow-worm: rear of Visitor Centre, Lochinver (Andy Summers)
  • Reed Bunting: 3 Clachtoll (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

22nd March 2017

  • Woodcock: 2 birds near Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 3 on shore near play park, Lochinver (Gwen Richards)
  • Twite: 61 Clachtoll (Andy Summers)
  • Linnet: single bird Clachtoll (Andy Summers)

21st March 2017

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird flying near Torbreck (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird in breeding plumage Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 feeding near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: a pair near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird chasing garden birds 83 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Lapwing: 12 near Clachtoll Broch (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Golden Plover: 12 near Clachtoll Broch (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Redwing: 10+ Clachtoll (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

20th March 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: pair near Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

19th March 2017

  • Gannet: 7 feeding Achmelvich Bay (A. Iveson/C McGaw)
  • Whooper Swan: 5 (4 adults 1 immature) on lochan near Achmelvich bridge (A. Iveson/C Mcgaw)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • White-tailed Eagle: Immature bird seen taking Fulmar from surface of water off Achmelvich (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)
  • Curlew: 5 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird near Strathcroy (Gwen Richards)

18th March 2017

  • Oystercatcher: 2 birds Loch Assynt side near Skiag bridge (Helen Morrison)
  • Lapwing: 24 Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 6 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 43 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: 4 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: Single male seen at Clachtoll (AS)

17th March 2017

  • Merlin: bird seen taking small passerine in Achnacarnin garden (Robert Kinnaird)

16th March 2017

  • Bullfinch: 4 feeding in Baddidarach garden (Ken Fairchild)

12th March 2017

  • Lapwing: 14 on Culkein Stoer croft

11th March 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: single male near Achmelvich Bridge
  • Long-tailed Duck: single male Bay of Culkein
  • Skylark: 6 birds on one croft at Balchladich

10th March 2017

  • Brambling: single bird on Baddidarach garden feeder
  • Goldeneye: Pair on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg
  • Purple Sandpiper: Badnaban Bay

9th March 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: Single bird in breeding plumage on Loch Awe

7th March 2017

  • Harbour Seal: 29 off Culkein Drumbeg jetty
  • Eider: 3 pairs Badnaban bay
  • Sparrowhawk: male hunting through trees Culkein Drumbeg
  • Reed Bunting: single male Culkein Drumbeg
  • Pied Wagtail: single male Culkein Drumbeg
  • Goldfinch: 8 birds on feeders Culkein Drumbeg

6th March 2017

  • Treecreeper: single bird near Rhicarn
  • Long-tailed Tit: 2 near Rhicarn
  • Goldeneye: a pair Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer
  • Razorbill: 7 off Clashnessie Bay
  • Red-throated Diver: single birds Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll
  • Great Northern Diver: 11 off Clashnessie Bay
  • Pied Wagtail: single males Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 5 (1 male 4 females) Oldany estuary
  • Wigeon: a pair Oldany estuary

5th March 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: several sightings with a total of 12 animals recorded off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Skylark: 2 near Stoerhead Lighthouse with one bird singing
  • Eider: 9 off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Lapwing: 2 Loch Neil Bhain
  • Teal: 4 (3 males 1 female) Loch Neil Bhain

4th March 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Balchladich Bay
  • Curlew: 11 Loch na Claise
  • Tufted Duck: 5 (4 males 1 female) Loch na Claise
  • Skylark: 3 Culkein Stoer
  • Barnacle Goose: single bird Culkein Stoer
  • Greylag Goose: 21 Culkein Stoer
  • Black Guillemot: 2 Bay of Culkein
  • Turnstone: 10 Bay of Culkein
  • Mallard: 10 (4 males 6 females) Loch Neil Bhain

2nd March 2017

  • Song Thrush: 7 feeding on Culag Park, Lochinver
  • Little Grebe: Single bird Loch Drumbeg

28th February 2017

  • Grey Wagtail: Single male on River Inver below ‘Spar’ car park
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st-winter bird Clashnessie Bay

27th February 2017

  • Greenfinch: 4 (2 pairs) in trees at River Traligill car park, Inchnadamph. The males were displaying and, with a bit of sun on them, they looked stunning.
  • Skylark: single bird flying over River Traligill car park, Inchnadamph
  • Little Grebe: single bird in bay at east end of Loch Assynt
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st-winter bird Clashnessie Bay

26th February 2017

  • Yellowhammer: single male Glendarroch

25th February 2017

  • Mistle Thrush: bird singing at 7am Culkein Drumbeg

24th February 2017

  • Meadow Pipit: 37 near Clashnessie
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Clashnessie Bay

21st February 2017

  • Turnstone: 10 Bay of Culkein
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: 2 adults Bay of Culkein

20th February 2017

  • Goldfinch: 8 Culkein Drumbeg.
  • Bullfinch: single male Culkein Drumbeg.
  • Teal: 9 flying over Oldany estuary.
  • Greylag Goose: 20 Oldany Farm

19th February 2017

  • Frog Spawn: first report of 2017 is two clumps in roadside ditch near Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg

17th February 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 24 off Clachtoll. This is an unusually high count for this cetacean but numerous gulls and auks were feeding in the same area suggesting an abundant food source was present.
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Clachtoll.
  • Great Northern Diver: 13 off Clachtoll.
  • Glaucous Gull: single immature bird following creel boat off Clachtoll.
  • Twite: 4 on garden feeder Torbreck

16th February 2017

  • Common Toad: 3 animals crossing road at Loch an Ordain
  • Tawny Owl: Singing at rear of visitor’s centre Lochinver.

15th February 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: a single animal and group of three off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Fulmar: 400+ on the sea off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Black-headed Gull: 5 past Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Great Northern Diver: 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Golden Plover: single bird flying and calling near Raffin
  • Sanderling: single bird still present Bay of Culkein
  • Knot: Single bird Bay of Culkein.

13th February 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: 4 Bay of Culkein.
  • Black Guillemot: 7 Bay of Culkein
  • Tufted Duck: 3 pairs Loch na Claise
  • Grey Heron: single bird Loch Neil Bhain. Not an unusual record but the loch was 100% frozen.
  • Whooper Swan: 2 adults Maiden Loch, Clachtoll
  • Grey Wagtail: single bird flying near Achmelvich Bridge
  • Eider: 2 River Inver

12th February 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: single winter plumage bird Loch Dhrombaig
  • Song Thrush: 3 Culkein Drumbeg.
  • Twite: single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg
  • Grey Heron: 9 Oldany Estuary
  • Mallard: 12 (8 male 4 female) Oldany Estuary.
  • Whooper Swan: 2 Loch na Claise.

11th February 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: three single animals and a group of six off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Dipper: single bird on Loch Assynt near Calda House

10th February 2017

  • Greylag Goose: 17 Loch an Aigeil
  • Teal: a pair Loch an Aigeil
  • Goldeneye: 2 pair Loch an Aigeil
  • Curlew: 11 Stoer green
  • Black-throated Diver: full summer plumage bird flying over Glencanisp Lodge
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: female feeding near Glencanisp Lodge
  • Whooper Swan: 6 (5 adults 1 juvenile) Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, near Achmelvich Bridge

8th February 2017

  • Pine Marten: single animal in Inverkirkaig garden

7th February 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Loch Dhrombaig
  • White-tailed Eagle: juvenile bird off Culkein Drumbeg. Photo on Gallery-Birds.

6th February 2017

  • Greylag Goose: 15 Oldany farm
  • Goldfinch: 5 Culkein Drumbeg
  • Treecreeper: single bird near Achmelvich bridge

5th February 2017

  • Common Seal: 29 Loch Roe
  • Merlin: female hunting near Clashnessie
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird still in winter plumage Achmelvich Bay
  • Mistle Thrush: 2 near Achmelvich bridge

4th February 2017

  • Goosander: a pair Badnaban bay

3rd February 2017

  • White-tailed Eagle: juvenile bird over Oldany estuary
  • Turnstone: 16 Bay of Culkein
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Ringed Plover: 19 Bay of Culkein
  • Redshank: 3 Bay of Culkein
  • Rock Pipit: 24 Bay of Culkein
  • Common Gull: 105 (mixed ages) Bay of Culkein
  • Black Guillemot: 8 Bay of Culkein

1st February 2017

  • Red-breasted Merganser: 2 pairs Loch Inver
  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch Inver

31st January 2017

  • Buzzard: single calling near Rhicarn
  • Greenfinch: a pair near Rhicarn.
  • Treecreeper: single near Rhicarn
  • Dunnock: 2 near Rhicarn
  • Chaffinch: 9 mixed sex flock near Rhicarn
  • Long-tailed Tit: 5 on garden feeder, Baddidarach
  • Woodcock: single bird feeding for over 1 hour in garden, Clachtoll

30th January 2017

  • Hybrid wild/domestic cat: animal photographed near Achmelvich. Dr Keri Langridge, Scottish Wildcat Action Project Officer at SNH has confirmed that the cat, while not a pure wild cat, is very much a hybrid based on a system called ‘pelage-scoring’. Photo at Gallery-Land Mammals.

29th January 2017

  • Redshank: 7 Bay of Culkein
  • Turnstone: 16 Bay of Culkein
  • Knot: single bird still showing well Bay of Culkein
  • Eider: mixed sex raft on sea off Raffin

28th January 2017

  • Primrose: single plant in flower near Maiden Loch, Clachtoll. A very early record for Assynt.
  • Greenfinch: 3 males Culkein Drumbeg
  • Whooper Swan: two adults on Loch an Leathad Rainich, Clachtoll

27th January 2017

  • Goldeneye: pair on Loch Awe
  • Jackdaw: 48 Elphin

26th January 2017

  • Woodcock: single bird disturbed, Gleann Leireag
  • Merlin: single male chasing c30 Siskin Gleann Leireag
  • Grey Wagtail: single winter plumage female, Gleann Leireag

25th January 2017

  • Goldeneye: 2 (1 male 1 female) Maiden Loch, Clachtoll
  • Little Grebe: single bird Maiden Loch, Clachtoll
  • Chaffinch: 20 Culkein Drumbeg

24th January 2017

  • Common Seal: 3 at Clashnessie
  • Sparrowhawk: single at Clachtoll
  • Mallard: 2 pairs Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll
  • Chaffinch: 20 at Inchnadamph car park

23rd January 2017

  • Knot: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Turnstone: 11 Bay of Culkein
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Curlew: 18 Bay of Stoer

22nd January 2017

  • Common Shrew: single animal found dead on Little Assynt viewpoint path
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Badnaban bay

21st January 2017

  • Goldeneye: pair Loch an Aigeil
  • Red-throated Diver: single Bay of Stoer
  • Great Northern Diver: 4 Bay of Stoer
  • White-tailed Eagle: juvenile bird over Bay of Stoer

20th January 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: single off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Otter: single lochinver bay
  • Gannet: 5 (4 adult 1 4th-winter) off Stoerhead Lighthouse
  • Fulmar: 17 on nesting cliffs below Stoerhead Lighthouse

18th January 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: 2 off Rubh’an Dunain
  • Knot: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Great Northern Diver: 2 Bay of Culkein
  • Starling: c110 Culkein Stoer
  • Redwing: 2 Culkein Stoer
  • Eider: 2 (adult and 1st-winter male) off Rubh’an Dunain
  • Goosander: single male Badnaban bay

16th January 2017

  • Whooper Swan: 2 adults Lochan Saile nr Achmelvich
  • Long-tailed Tit: 3 near Ardroe
  • Treecreeper: single bird near Ardroe
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single female near Ardroe
  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch Roe
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 5 (2 male 3 female) Loch Roe
  • Goosander: single male on Loch Borallan
  • Raven: Adult on nest near Inchnadamph

15th January 2017

  • Black Guillemot: 4 Loch Dhrombaig. One of these birds was acquiring its summer plumage.
  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird over Culkein Drumbeg
  • Merlin: female Culkein Drumbeg
  • Twite: 61 feeding on croft land, Clachtoll
  • Rock Dove: 39 at Clachtoll

14th January 2017

  • Stoat: single animal in half-ermine Balchladich garden
  • Wigeon: single male Loch Neil Bhain
  • Turnstone: 4 Bay of Culkein
  • Redshank: 3 Bay of Culkein
  • Iceland Gull: single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein
  • Barnacle Goose: 34 Culkein Stoer
  • Tufted Duck: 4 (3 male 1 female) Loch na Claise
  • Teal: 10 (4 male 6 female) Loch na Claise
  • Little Grebe: 2 Loch na Claise and single birds Lochan Sgeireach and Loch Drumbeg
  • Dipper: single bird feeding in Loch Assynt near Ardvreck Castle
  • Razorbill: single bird Loch a’ Chairn Bhain
  • Goldeneye: 3 (1 male 2 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird through Stoer garden

13th January 2017

  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird Lochinver bay
  • Glaucous Gull: single immature bird Lochinver bay

12th January 2017

  • Goldeneye: 3 females Loch Awe
  • Cormorant: Three Loch Awe
  • Treecreeper: single bird in Badnaban garden

11th January 2017

  • Tufted Duck: pair on Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer
  • Blackbird: 21 feeding on Culag Park, Lochinver

10th January 2017

  • Iceland Gull: single immature bird Loch Inver

8th January 2017

  • Turnstone: 4 Bay of Culkein
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Ringed Plover: 22 Bay of Culkein
  • Common Gull: 54 Bay of Culkein
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein

7th January 2017

  • Goldeneye: 3 (1 male 2 female) Loch Drumbeg

6th January 2017

  • Starling: c60 Clashnessie

5th January 2017

  • Otter: mother and cub near Clachtoll
  • By-the-wind-sailor (Velella velella): huge numbers of this hydroid washed up in Clachtoll Bay. Photos on Gallery-Marine.
  • Common Seal: 18+ Oldany estuary area
  • Grey Seal: single animal Oldany estuary
  • Moorhen: single bird Loch an Aigeil
  • Buzzard: 3 over Clachtoll
  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch Drumbeg
  • Teal: 17 Oldany Estuary
  • Grey Heron: 2 Oldany estuary
  • Great Northern Diver: single off Culkein Drumbeg

4th January 2017

  • Weasel: single animal Balchladich
  • Reed Bunting: 4 near Brackloch
  • Stonechat: single female near Brackloch
  • Goldeneye: single female Lochan Fearna and 3 males and a single female River Inver near Little Assynt. Photo at Gallery-Birds.
  • Dipper: 4 on River Inver near Little Assynt
  • Long-tailed Tit: 6 in trees near Little Assynt Tree Nursery
  • Iceland Gull: 1st-winter bird flying across Clashnessie Bay. Photo at Gallery-Birds.

3rd January 2017

  • Tawny Owl: single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg

2nd January 2017

  • Chaffinch: 21 Culkein Drumbeg
  • Greenfinch: 2 (1 male 1 female) Culkein Drumbeg
  • Woodcock: single bird Culkein Drumbeg

1st January 2017

  • Whooper Swan: 3 (2 adult 1 juvenile) Loch an Aigeil
  • Turnstone: 4 Bay of Culkein
  • Redshank: 4 Bay of Culkein
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein
  • Reed Bunting: single male Culkein Stoer
  • Barnacle Goose: 19 Culkein Stoer
  • Lapwing: single bird Culkein Stoer. This is a repeat of 2016’s record when a single bird was recorded at this location on the 1st.
  • Goldfinch: 16 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird on peanut feeder Nedd garden (Ian Evans)