Sightings – September 2011

September 22nd 2011

Sightings – September 2011

12 Orca (Killer Whales) off Stoer lighthouse 1st Sept (DAH)

 Minke Whale and calf off Stoer lighthouse 3rd Sept (AS)

c12 Orca (Killer Whales) off Clashnessie heading north 4th Sept (DAH)

8-10 Common Dolphin feeding in Clashnessie Bay 4th Sept (AS)

Single Chiffchaff singing at Culkein Drumbeg 4th Sept (DAH)

Single White-tailed Eagle over Lochinver 7th Sept (Mark Snowden)

43 Ringed Plover Bay of Culkein 10th Sept (AS)

60 Collared Dove around Inver Park 10th Sept (AS)

Single bird of the Greenland race of Wheatear, Culkein Stoer 10th Sept (AS).  Still showing on 15th Sept (DAH)

Six Teal Oldany Estuary 12th Sept (DAH)

Gales brought in 92 Great Black-backed Gulls to Oldany Estuary 12th Sept (DAH)

Six juvenile Curlew Sandpipers Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH). A single bird stayed to 15th Sept. (A first record for Assynt)

Three Ruff Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH). A single bird stayed to 15th Sept. (Another first record for Assynt)

Four Bar-tailed Godwit Culkein Stoer 13th Sept (DAH). A single was seen on 15th Sept

Single Red Knot Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH)

30 Dunlin Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH). All appeared to be juvenile birds. Also 4 Redshank, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 Curlew and 9 Sanderling

Single Common Scoter Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH)

Single Slavonian Grebe Bay of Culkein 13th Sept (DAH)

Single Lesser Black-backed Gull at Clashnessie 13th Sept (DAH)

Single Red Admiral butterfly seen at Achnacarnin (Stuart Belshaw), Clachtoll (AS) and Culkein Stoer (DAH), all 13th Sept

Single Peacock Butterfly Glencanisp Lodge 13th Sept (Stuart Belshaw)

Single female Sparrowhawk visiting garden bird feeders, Inverkirkaig 14th Sept (Les Pearce)

First skein of c120 Pink-footed Geese over Balchladich 14th Sept (DAH)

Single Moorhen Loch na Claise 15th Sept (DAH)

2 Wigeon at Loch na Clais 15th Sept (David & Avril Haines)

32 Ringed Plover Bay of Culkein 15th September (AS)

Large flock of c140 small birds at Duart including Lesser Redpoll, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, and Goldcrest 16th Sept (DAH)

Speckled Wood Butterflies still on the wing at Duart 16th Sept, River Inver 18th Sept, Oldany Estuary 19th Sept and Culag Woods and Glencanisp 20th Sept

Single Pine Marten seen roadside at Nedd 10pm 20th Sept (AS)

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