Sightings – April 2010

May 17th 2010

Sightings – April 2010

Greenshank Loch Crocach 2nd April (D.Mollison)

2 Black-throated Divers on Loch Awe 3rd April (Andy Summers)

First Honey Bee at Clachtoll 4th April (Andy Summers)

300+ Pink Footed Geese flying overhead 7th April (Andy Summers)

First Common Carder Bumblebee at Clachtoll 10th April (Andy Summers)

Single Orca at Stoer Lighthouse 11th April (reported)

White-tailed Eagle Stoer Lighthouse 11th April (reported)

First Common Sandpiper Badnaban 11th April (Gwen Richards)

11 Peacock Butterflies at Duartbeg 11th April (Howard Grey)

Single Mink seen at Loch a Mhuillin, Duartbeg 11th April (Howard Grey)

First Willow Warbler Culag woods 12th April (andy Summers)

First Arctic Terns at Clachtoll 13th April (Andy Summers)

Peregrine at Torbreck 13th April (Angus ‘D’ Mackenzie)

First Swallow at Lochinver 13th April (Andy Summers)

Pair Goosander on River Inver 14th April (Doug Mainland)

Magpie at Raffin 13th April (Gary Smith)

Slavonian Grebe has been in Lochinver bay for several days but has a broken wing 16th April (Stuart McCLelland)

Single Black Grouse lekking at Ledmore junction 16th April (Jane Voy)

Pair Wigeon seen around Clachtoll for whole week 18th April (Howard Grey)

First Assynt Cuckoo singing at Ardroe 19th April (Claire Belshaw)

Great-Northern Diver Nedd Loch 20th April (Ian Evans)

Stoat in garden Clachtoll 24th April (Fiona Phipps)

Two Harbour Porpoise off Clachtoll 24th April (Claire Belshaw)

Grasshopper Warbler singing Balchaldich 25th April (Claire Belshaw)

Five Brent Geese Culkein Stoer 26th April (Tina Lloyd-Jenkins)

Osprey feeding on Cam Loch 30th April (Andy Summers)

Redwing at Inchnadamph 14th April (Gordon Sleight)

Three Snow Buntings on the slopes of Quinag 4th April  (Gwen Richards)

Lapwings at Inverkirkaig and Badnaban (Tina Lloyd-Jenkins)

Shelduck at Loch Duart, Nedd 4th April 2010 (Clarinda Chant)

Male and female Great-spotted woodpeckers in garden at Baddidarach 10th April (Mark and Jan Snowden).

Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming in Culag wood near the Mission 11th April and at Glac Mor (Gwen Richards)

First Chiffchaff heard singing at Duartbeg 9th April 2010 (Rona Burton)

Black-throated divers calling from Loch Drumbeg 15th April (Howard Grey)

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Recent Sightings

Manx Shearwater

27 birds off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH) (16/06)

Harbour Porpoise

Mother and calf off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Small Magpie moth (Anania hortulata)

Single moth in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This is only the second ever record of this micro-moth in the West Sutherland recording area, VC108. The first record was on 1st June this year in the garden of the County Moth Recorder in Melvich on the north coast. However, this does make it the first ever record for Assynt. Photo Gallery - Moths. (14/06)

Golden Plover

Eight birds over Clachtoll (DAH) (13/06)


Single bird flying over garden, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly, Nedd (Stefan Taylor) (12/06)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Single butterfly recently emerged at Glen Leraig (AS) (11/06)

Barn Owl

Single bird hunting over croft land, near Stoer primary school (Jane Livingstone) (11/06)