Sightings for October 2011

October 20th 2011

13 Brent Geese at Culkein Stoer 9th October  (Gwen Richards).

Dead Albacore Tuna Fish at Culkein Stoer 9th October  (Gwen Richards).

44 Whooper Swans at Loch Ardvar 11th October (Becky Garvey).

White-tailed Sea Eagle at Inverpolly 12th October (Ian Evan).

12 Whooper Swans on east end of Loch Assynt 13th October (Helen Morrison).

50+ Fieldfares flying over Nedd 13th October (Ian Evans).

Late Peacock Butterfly at Loch Ardvar 11th October (Becky Garvey).

White-tailed Sea Eagle at Duart near Nedd 14th October (John Ross).

Sanderling, Redshank and 2 Turnstones at Culkein Stoer 16th October (Andy Summers).

3 Black-headed Gulls Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll 18th October (Andy Summers).

Juvenile Common (Scarlet) Rosefinch (FIRST FOR ASSYNT) at Inver Park, Lochinver 19-24th October (Julian Jacobsen). Accepted by Highland rare bird panel.

Eider in eclipse at Culkein Stoer 21st October (Andy Summers).

8 Bramblings at Inchnadamph 23rd October (Helen Morrison).

25-30 Goldfinches at Cathair Dubh 23rd October (Roger Glover), later at Clachtoll.

Rough-legged Buzzard at An Coimhleum, Loch Assynt 25th October (Andy Summers).

4 Little Grebes, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Teal and 2 Mallards at lagoon at Oldany 26th October (Andy Summers).

Common Pipistrelle Bats seen flying at dusk in mild weather at Recharn, Torbreck and Scron 27-31st October (Andy Summers).

2 Eurasian Stonechats near Inchnadamph 29th October (David and Avril Haines).

White-tailed Sea Eagle at Altanabradhan, Clachtoll 29th October (Dennis Mollison).

13 Purple Sandpiper, 5+ Kittiwakes at Rubh’ an Dunain 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

Swallow at Culkein Stoer 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

c80 Starlings, 37 Ringed Plover, 15 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank and 2 winter adult Grey Wagtails at Culkein Stoer 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

2 Common Goldeneye Loch na Clais 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

Late Red Admiral Butterfly at Culkein Stoer 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

Moorhen at Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

Great Northern Diver:  3 Loch Dhrombaig, 2 Clashnessie, 1 Culkein Stoe, and 1 at Balchladdich 31st October (David and Avril Haines).

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Recent Sightings

Blackcap

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

Yellow-browed Warbler

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

Slow-worm

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)

Sparrowhawk

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)

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