Sightings – May 2011

May 10th 2011

Sightings – May 2011

Pair of Ring Ouzels on Ben Gharbh 2nd May (Andy Summers)

Single Adder seen near top of Suilven 4th May (reported)

First record of Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly and Large Red Damselfly at Achmelvich 4th May (reported)

Seven Arctic Terns at Achmelvich Bay 5th May (Andy Summers)

Male Surf Scoter NEW FOR ASSYNT at Loch Dhrombaig, Drumbeg View Point 6th May (DAH). Still present 18th May.

Single Emerald Damselfly seen at Drumrunie 6th May (Andy Summers)

Single Grasshopper Warbler at Little Assynt Loch at-Sabhail 6th May (Helen Stevens)

2-3 Tree Sparrows (unusual record for Assynt) in a garden at Elphin 6th May (Bill Badger)

Single Osprey on River Inver 6th May (Robbie MacKenzie)

Cowslips flowering at Achmelvich 6th May (Roz Summers)

Greylag Geese with six youngsters at Loch an Aigeil Clachtoll 7th May (Andy Summers)

Single Orange-tip Butterflies seen at Stoer Head Lighthouse and Nedd 7th May (Ian Evans)

Six Dolphin sp. reported off Clachtoll 8th May

Single Otter in Lochinver bay 8th May (reported)

Single Great-northern Diver at Clashnessie Bay 8th May (Andy Summers)

Single male Common Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler and Chiffchaff singing along Glencanisp road 9th May (DAH)

Five Great-northern Divers off Bay of Culkein 10th May (DAH)

21 Greylag Geese at Oldany 15th May (Phil ?)

Mallard and four ducklings Loch Neil Bhain, Stoer 15th May (Andy Summers)

Single Shoveler at Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll 15th May (DAH)

Single Speckled Wood Butterfly Culag woods 16th May (Roz Summers)

Single Franklins Gull NEW FOR ASSYNT at Clashnessie Beach 17th May (reported and then confirmed by David and Avril Haines and Andy Summers)

Pair Shelduck at Culkein Drumbeg 10th and single again on 17th May (DAH)

Pair Common Scoter at Clashnessie Bay 17th May (DAH)

36 Common Terns at Culkein Drumbeg 17th May (David and Avril Haines)

70 Common Seals at Culkein Drumbeg/Oldany area 15th May (DAH)

Four Whimbrel at Culkein Stoer 20th May (DAH)

Single Harbour Porpoise at Clashnessie Bay 20th May (DAH)

Single Peregrine at Pollan 22nd May (Brian Scott)

Pair Brambling at Strathan 22nd May (Brian Scott)

Unconfirmed report of Red Squirrel at Strathan 22nd May (reported). There have been no reports of  Red Squirrels in the Assynt area for many years so this report is a mystery.

Single Whooper Swan at Loch Culag, River Inver and Inver River 21st -24th May (Various)

Large movements of Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels of coast at Culkein Stoer 25th May (David and Avril Haines)

Single Osprey over Cam Loch 26th May (Andy Summers)

Single Osprey at Kirkaig 28th May (reported)

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Recent Sightings

White-tailed Eagle

Single bird over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH).  Possibly same bird seen over Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Seven adult birds Clashnessie Bay and three Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (14/08)

Marsh Harrier

Juvenile bird quartering ground, Raffin area (DAH) (14/08)


Adult female with juvenile, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (14/08)

Red-throated Diver

Four adult birds, Clashnessie Bay (Anne Nicol) (13/08)


At least two birds calling but flying unseen in low mist over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (13/08)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Single adult bird, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (13/08)

Harbour Porpoise

Three animals off Clachtoll Broch (DAH) (13/08)