Sightings – October 2011

October 20th 2011

Sightings – October 2011

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

Single dead Albacore Tuna Fish, Culkein Stoer 9th October  (Gwen Richards)

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

Single White-tailed Eagle, Inverpolly 12th October (Ian Evans)

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

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

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

Single White-tailed Eagle, Duart near Nedd 14th October (John Ross)

Single Sanderling and Redshank and two Turnstones, Culkein Stoer 16th October (Andy Summers)

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

Single juvenile Common (Scarlet) Rosefinch (FIRST FOR ASSYNT), Inver Park, Lochinver 19-24th October (Julian Jacobsen). Accepted by Highland Records Committee.

Single Eider in eclipse plumage, Culkein Stoer 21st October (Andy Summers)

Eight Bramblings , Inchnadamph 23rd October (Helen Morrison)

25-30 Goldfinches at Cathair Dhubh 23rd October (Roger Glover), also seen later at Clachtoll (AS)

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

Four Little Grebes, seven Red-breasted Mergansers, eight Teal and two Mallards, lagoon at Oldany 26th October (Andy Summers)

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

Two Stonechats near Inchnadamph 29th October (David and Avril Haines)

Single White-tailed Eagle near Alltanabradhan, Clachtoll 29th October (Dennis Mollison)

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

Single Swallow, Culkein Stoer 31st October (David and Avril Haines)

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

Two Goldeneye Loch na Claise 31st October (David and Avril Haines)

Single late Red Admiral Butterfly, Culkein Stoer 31st October (David and Avril Haines)

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

Great Northern Diver:  3 Loch Dhrombaig, 2 Clashnessie, 1 Culkein Stoer, and 1 Balchladich 31st October (David and Avril Haines)

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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)