Sightings – November 2011

November 22nd 2011

Sightings – November 2011

Single Common Scoter, Maiden Loch 5th November (Andy Summers)

Single Goshawk, Drumrunie, 6th November (Bill Badger). A non-Assynt record but useful to know these raptors are close by.

Massive numbers of Scandinavian Blackbirds throughout Assynt in November (Andy Summers)

200+ Fieldfare, Clachtoll 7th November (Andy Summers)

Three Woodcock at dusk in ditches beside Glencanisp road, 9th November (Andy Summers)

Single Long-tailed Duck and 9 Grey Heron, Lochinver bay 10th November (Andy Summers)

15 Eurasian Teal, Loch na Claise 10th November (David and Avril Haines)

Single male Peregrine, Raffin 10th November (David and Avril Haines)

Eight Eurasian Wigeon (4 females), Clashnessie 12th November (David and Avril Haines); later 2 at Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll 18th November

13 Northern Lapwing, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 12+ Rock Pipit, Culkein Stoer 12th November (Andy Summers)

c90 Great Black-backed Gulls, Oldany Estuary 13th November (David and Avril Haines)

Four Bean Geese (NEW SPECIES FOR ASSYNT) at Raffin 14-18th November (David and Avril Haines). Article at Species – Birds

Seven Whooper Swan, Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll 12th November; 3 Loch na Claise 16th November, 6  Culkein Drumbeg 19th November (David and Avril Haines)

14 Common Eider, flying past Rubh’ an Dunain 14th November (David and Avril Haines)

c150 Starlings, Culkein Stoer 14th November (David and Avril Haines)

Single Red Admiral Butterfly, Ardvar 16th November (Becky Garvey)

35 Ruddy Turnstone, on islands off Culkein Drumbeg 16th November (David and Avril Haines)

32 Greylag Geese, 3 Tufted Ducks, 3 Goldeneye, one female Pochard at Loch na Claise 16th November (David and Avril Haines)

18 Eurasian Curlew, Stoer Green 17th November (David and Avril Haines)

12 Long-tailed Tits Culkein Drumbeg 17th November (David and Avril Haines)

Single Otter eating fish on rocks, Culkein Stoer 18th November (David and Avril Haines)

Six Great Northern Diver, Culkein Stoer 18th November (David and Avril Haines)

c30 Chaffinche, 10 Greenfinche and one female Stonechat, Lagg 19th November (David and Avril Haines)

c30 Jackdaws, Elphin 20th November (David and Avril Haines)

25 Twite, Clachtoll 22nd November (Tony Mainwood)

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