Sightings for February 2011

March 2nd 2011

Tawny Owl near cattle grid at Drumbeg on 9th February (Derek Spenser)

Minimum 31 Common Seals at Culkein Drumbeg/Oldany 10th February (Andy Summers)

Barn Owl at Inchnadamph on 11th February (Derek Spenser)

Pair of  Shelduck at Culkein Drumbeg 13th February (David Haines)

1 male Wigeon at Culkein Drumbeg 13th February (David Haines)

4 Eider ducks (3 males) at Rubh’an Dunain 14th February (David Haines)

35 Barnacle Geese flying over Clasnessie 14th February (David Haines)

180 Fulmar on Cliffs east of Stoer Point 14th February (David Haines)

7 Purple Sandpipers at Culkein Bay  14th February (David Haines)

17 Turnstones at Culkein Bay  14th February (David Haines)

Pair of Black-throated Divers on small loch on Aeroplane Flats 15th February (Peter MacGregor).

1 Knot at Culkein Stoer 18th february (David Haines)

6 Great Northern Divers from Culkein Bay to west of Rubh’an Dunain 18th February (David Haines)

First reported Palmate Newt at Loch Drumbeg 19th February (David Haines

21 Curlew at Clachtoll 21st February (Andy Summers)

First Frog spawn reported at Drumbeg 21st February (Teresa Weinburg)

Mass movement of Toads starting Loch an Ordain (Andy Summers)

9 pairs of Mallards at Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer 22nd February (Andy Summers).

13 Red-breasted Mergansers in Lochinver Bay 25th February (Andy Summers).

Pair of Black-throated Divers on breeding loch 28th February (Brian Scott).

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Recent Sightings

Blackcap

single male bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Yellow-browed Warbler

single bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Slow-worm

single reptile spotted on Baddidarach to Achmelvich path (Ballal Mirza) (29/09)

Brent Goose

single light-bellied bird on rock in Clashnessie Bay (DAH). This bird had two coloured leg rings and we are trying to establish its history. Update 30-9-20 - we have heard back from the Irish Brent Goose Ringing Group and this bird was ringed as a juvenile in South Dublin in December 2019. (29/09)

Little Grebe

three birds, Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH) (29/09)

Sparrowhawk

single bird, probably juvenile, in 'dogfight' with Hooded Crow for over 10 minutes (Gwen Richards and Ian M. Evans) (29/09)

Viper's-bugloss (Echium vulgare)

single plant in fenced ground, Culkein Stoer (Ian M. Evans and Gwen Richards). First record of this plant in Assynt since 2006 (29/09)

Bar-tailed Godwit

single bird Bay of Culkein (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans) (29/09)

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