Sightings for May 2011

May 10th 2011

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

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

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

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

Male Surf Scoter NEW FOR ASSYNT at Loch Drombaig, Drumbeg View Point 6th May (David Haines). Still there 18th May.

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

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).

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).

Orange-tip Butterfly seen at Stoer Light house and Nedd 7th May (Ian Evans).

6 Dolphins reported from Clachtoll 8th May.

Otter in Lochinver bay 8th May (reported).

Great-northern Diver at Clashnessie bay 8th May (Andy Summers).

Common Redstart male, Grasshopper Warbler and Chiffchaff singing along Glencanisp road 9th May (David and Avril Haines).

5 Great-northern Divers at Culkein Stoer 10th May (David and Avril Haines).

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

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

Shoveller at Loch an Aigel, Clachtoll 15th May (David & Avril Haines).

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

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 (David and Avril Haines).

Pair Common Scoter at Clashnessie 17th May (David and Avril Haines).

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

70 Common Seals at Culkein Drumbeg/Oldany area 15th May (David and Avril Haines).

4 Whimbrel at Culkein Stoer 20th May (David and Avril Haines).

Harbour Porpoise at Clashnessie 20th May(David and Avril Haines).

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 recent reports of  Red Squirrels in the Assynt area so this report is a mystery. 

Lone Whooper Swan at Lochinver School loch, 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).

Osprey on Cam Loch 26th May (Andy Summers).

Osprey at Kirkaig 28th May (reported).

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Recent Sightings


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

Yellow-browed Warbler

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


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)


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)