Sightings – July 2011

July 3rd 2011

Sightings – July 2011

Ring Ouzel with fledged young on south slope of Canisp 1st July (AS)

Three Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and one Dark Green Fritilliary at Ardroe 1st July (Gwen Richards)

20 Greylag Geese (6 adults 14 juveniles) Loch Dhrombaig 3rd July (DAH)

c55 Common Terns on off shore islands Culkein Drumbeg 3rd July (DAH)

Two Great Northern Divers Bay of Culkein and one off Rubh’an Dunain 4th July (DAH)

Single Otter in Loch Dhrombaig 3rd and 4th July (DAH)

Single  Basking Shark off Culkein Stoer 4th July (DAH)

Adder on the path Glen Leireag 5th July (reported)

Possible Wildcat reported near Lochinver 6th July

Four Lapwings (2 adult 2 young) Balchladich 8th July (DAH)

Three Sand Martin holes in sandy cliff at Raffin 8th July (DAH)

First Grayling Butterfly seen behind Lochinver Leisure Centre 9th July

30 Long-tailed Tit Culkein Drumbeg 10th July (DAH)

Single Bullfinch (m) Culkein Drumbeg 11th July (DH) and Culag woods 12th July (AS)

Many Dark-green Fritillary Butterflies between Balchladich and Stoer lighthouse and between Nedd bridge and Gleann Leireag path 12th July (DAH)

150+ Common Dolphins seen from Handa Island 13th July (reported)

Red-breasted Merganser with nine young on River Inver 15th July (AS)

Common Blue and Meadow Brown Butterflies at Achmelvich 17th July (Gwen Richards)

Sea Gooseberries in rockpolls at Clachtoll 20th July (Roz Summers)

Single Pine Marten at Achmelvich beach camp site 20th July (Reported)

Two Red Admiral and 2 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies in Lochinver 21st July (AS)

Single Badger dead beside road at the Stron on road to Clachtoll 24th July (Gwen Richards)

Single Pine Marten at Little Assynt near Torr Mor 25th July (Reported)

Five Small Tortoiseshell and three Dark Green Fritillary Butterflies behind the Tourist Information Centre in Lochinver 25th July (AS)

Adult and young Harbour Porpoise in Bay of Stoer 27th July (AS)

25 Starlings at Clachtoll as well as 60 Common Gulls 22nd July (AS)

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Recent Sightings


Single bird hovering between road and waterfall, Clashnessie (Neil McCrimmon) (26/11)

Fieldfare and Redwing

A mixed flock of c30 fieldfare and c10 redwing in tall aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans). Mixed flock of 200+ birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (23/11)


Single bird by River Inver, Brackloch (Carol Langford) (22/11)


Single hen bird in back garden, Nedd (Ian Evans).  Rarely seen in this part of Assynt (21/11)

Great Northern Diver

Single bird, Bay of Stoer (John Gilbertson) (21/11)

Redwing and Fieldfare

c80 birds in a mixed flock flying over the B869 by Rhicarn (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)


Single bird in tree overhanging river Inver, Little Assynt (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)


Single bird hovering by roadside, Inchnadamph (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)