1st winter White-fronted Goose

February 22nd 2012

This 1st winter/spring White-fronted Goose of the Greenland race (Anser albifrons flavirostris) was spotted at Culkein on 28th January by David and Avril Haines.

There have only been two other records of this species of goose in Assynt since 1997.

This bird can be recognised as an immature due to the white blaze at the base of the bill not having yet developed and the indistinct neck groves – the adult Greylag Geese behind show how the neck groves will look on this bird as it ages.

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Recent Sightings

Snow Bunting

single bird, Balchladich (Claire Belshaw) (01/12)


five birds flew up from road verge between Little Assynt Tree Nursery and All-abilities car parks (Vickii Campen) (30/11)

Golden Eagle

single bird north of Elphin (Vickii Campen) (30/11)


single bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (30/11)


single bird hunting over Clachtoll/Stoer (DAH) (30/11)


15 birds over Bay of Stoer (DAH) (30/11)

Red-breasted Merganser

five birds (3 male, 2 female) on river out from Spar car park, Lochinver (Vickii Campen) (28/11)


single female, Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (27/11)