Sightings for April 2011

April 8th 2011

2 pairs of Wigeon on Loch Borralan 3rd April (Andy Summers).

60plus Common Gulls at Clachtoll 6th April (Andy Summers).

Pine Marten coming regularly down to food 6th April at Inverkirkaig (Les Pearce).

Early Great Skua (Bonxie) at Stoer Lighthouse 6th April (Doug Mainland).

Otter seen at Culkein Stoer 7th April (reported).

Flowering Lesser Celendine in woods behind Lochinver 7th April (Andy Summers).

First Common Carder Bumblebee seen at Clachtoll 9th April (Andy Summers).

Peacock Butterfly seen at Achmelvich 9th April (Ian Evans).

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly seen at Clachtoll 10th April (Fiona Phipps).

Many Emperor Moths seen on the wing Badnaban 10th April (Andy Summers).

First Willow Warbler at Nedd 10th April (Ian Evans). 

First Swallow in Lochinver 10th April (Andy Summers).

Six Eider Ducks (4 males) in Lochinver Bay 13th April (Andy Summers).

White-tailed Sea Eagle flying over at Glencanisp Lodge 15th April (reported).

3 Pairs of Lapwings on breeding sites in Clachtoll 14th April (Andy Summers) and 4 pairs at Loch an Clais 24th April (David Haines).

First Cuckoo heard at Nedd 18th April (David Haines).

Hoopoe seen at Achnacarnin 15th April (Lyn Parker) and later Strathcroy 16th April (Tony Williams).

Large skeins of many hundred Pink-feet Geese flying overhead 18th April (David Haines).

12 (7 male) Eider Ducks in Lochinver bay and 5 (4 male) in Oldany estuary 18th April (David Haines).

First Chiffchaff at Culkein Drumbeg  18th April  and on the Loch Poll track 20th April (David Haines).

3 Shelduck at Oldany Estuary 19th April and 2 at Culkein Drumber 20th April  (David Haines).

First Grasshopper Warbler in Culkein Drumbeg 19th April  (David Haines).

3 Great Northern Divers at Clachtoll and 2 in Loch Dhrombaig on 19th April as well as 3 in Culkein Bay and one in Culkein Drumbeg 24th April (David Haines).

3 Peacock Butterflies seen Nedd Bridge 21st April (David Haines).

118 Twite and 21 Linnets ringed at Clachtoll 22nd April by Highland ringing Group member Tony Mainwood.

Adder reported from Fionn Loch 23rd April and walk to the Kirkaig Falls 24th and 26th April.

5 White Wagtail seen Culkein Drumbeg including one colour ringed one from Weymouth 23rd April (David Haines). 

5 Teal at Loch na Clais 24th April (David Haines).

Black-headed Gull Balchalddich 24th April (David Haines).

34 Common Seals at Oldany Estuary 25th April (David Haines).

Harbour Porpoise seen from Stoer 24th April (David Haines).

Dead Whooper Swan Loch Drumbeg 24th April (David Haines).

Many Dog Violets flowering all over machair at Clachtoll 26th April.

12 Bottlenose Dolphins seen in Achmelvich Bay 26th April (Anna Mackay).

8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls Inverkirkaig bay 28th April (Andy Summers).


First Green-veined White Butterfly seen Clachtoll 30th April (Andy Summers).

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