Sightings – June 2011

June 5th 2011

Sightings – June 2011

Single Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly at Kylestrome 2nd June (Andy Summers)

Single Osprey seen along River Inver 2nd June (reported)

Pair of Long-tailed Ducks at Culkein Stoer 2nd June (Mike and Kate Young)

Grasshopper Warblers singing at Culkein Drumbeg and Loch Poll track 5th June (DAH)

1st summer Ring-billed Gull at Achmelvich 6th June (Simon Cohen)

19 Eider Ducks (1 male, 6 females and 12 ducklings) off Oldany 6th June (DAH)

23 Long-tailed Tits at Oldany 6th June (DAH)

Single Minke Whale in Bay of Clachtoll 6th June (Alan Grieveson)

Single Great-northern Diver off Culkein Stoer 7th June (DAH)

14 Manx Shearwater flying past Clachtoll 8th June (DAH)

15 Red-breasted Mergansers (4m & 11f) and one Whimbrel at Clachtoll 8th June (DAH)

An unusual albino Kittiwake at Rubh’an Dùnain 8th June (DAH). Photo Gallery – Birds

Two Golden Eagles flying over Inchnadamph 8th June (Reported)

Female Eider with ten chicks Clachtoll 10th June (Reported)

Adult Goldfinch with two juveniles at Culkein Drumbeg  11th June (DAH) – possibly first proof of breeding in Assynt.

Two Minke Whales and 6 Common Dolphins seen off Clachtoll 11th June (Reported)

100+ Common Terns bring food to offshore islands at Culkein Drumbeg 12 June (DAH)

Two recently fledged Tawny Owls at Strathan 13th June (Debbie Maris)

Three fledged Grey Herons near Assynt Leisure 14th June (Jane Young)

30+ Collard Doves at Inver Park 13th June (Andy Summers)

Single Osprey near Glencanisp 14th June (DAH)

20 Starlings (included 10 juv) Culkein Drumbeg, 15th June (DAH)

Minke Whale seen three times at Stoer Lighthouse 16th June (Reported)

Two Harbour Porpoise and calf in Clashnessie Bay 16th June (Andy Summers)

Single Whinchat Drumbeg Peat Road 16th June (Andy Summers).

Two Harbour Porpoise off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 2 off Culkein Bay and 4 off Rubh’an Dùnain on 16th June (DAH)

Stoat family with 5+ young at Clachtoll 17th June (Roz Summers)

Single Red Kite at Cul Mor 17th June (Reported)

Merlin nest with five chicks near Kylesku 17th June (Andy Summers)

Four Great-northern Divers in Bay of Stoer 18th June  (DAH)

Single Ring-billed Gull at Clachtoll campsite 18th June (Helen Oakes)

First Small Heath Butterfly at Bone Caves 18th June (Andy Summers)

Seven Twite (2 adult 5 juv) Culkein Drumbeg 18th June (DAH)

200+ Common Dolphin coming through Clachtoll Bay 19th and again 20th June (Ishbel Galway)

Two juvenile Peregrine Falcon on Stoer cliffs 20th June (DAH)

Otter with three cubs in Lochinver bay 20th June (Christine Henderson)

Single Canada Goose in Lochinver Bay 20th June (Gwen Richards)

First Common Blue Butterfly and Meadow Brown Butterfly on Glencanisp road 23rd June (Andy Summers)

Pair of Spotted Flycatchers near Glencanisp Lodge 23rd June (DAH)

c80 Common Dolphin off Clachtoll 24th June  (DAH)

Otter catches and drowns Razorbill off Rubh’an Dùnain, Culkein Stoer 24th June  (DAH)

Redshank and Lapwing chicks at Clachtoll 27th June (DAH)

15+ House Martin nests at Assynt Lodge, Inchnadamph 27th June (Chris Rix)

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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)