Oystercatcher – First inland birds Inchnadamph, 29th February Almost any other year and this would have been 1st March!
Pied Wagtail – First inland birds Inchnadamph, 28th February
Whooper Swan – 2 Loch Awe, 25th February
Long-tailed Duck – 1 (winter male) Bay of Culkein, 24th February This stunning bird showed well for several hours.
Pied Wagtail – 1 (male) Inverkirkaig, 22nd February This could be an early returning bird as almost all of our Pied Wagtails move far south for the winter.
Iceland Gull – 1 (3rd winter) Loch Kirkaig, 22nd February A similar age group bird was seen at Clashnessie Bay on the 24th.
Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 21st February
Purple Sandpiper – 11 Bay of Culkein, 20th February
Turnstone – 29 Bay of Culkein, 20th February
Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bay of Culkein, 20th February This is likely to be the same bird that was first seen on the 13th and which was still present on the 24th.
Little Grebe – 3 Loch Drumbeg, 20th February
Goosander – 1 (male) Loch Awe, 19th February
Black Guillemot – 4 Loch Dhrombaig, 19th February
White-tailed Sea Eagle – 2 Clachtoll, 17th February
Moorhen – 2 Loch an Aigeil, 17th February
Fulmar – c90 on cliffs at Point of Stoer, 17th February
Purple Sandpiper – 24 Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February
Eider – 13 off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February This raft comprised 2 adult males; 5 adult females and 6 1st winter males
Black-throated Diver – 1 off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February
Great Northern Diver – 4 between Bay of Culkein and Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February
Black Guillemot – 5 between Bay of Culkein and Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February
Black-throated Diver – back on territory on Loch Assynt 15th February with a pair on 18th
Fieldfare – c30 near Stoer Hall, 15th February
Curlew – 16 Clachtoll near Split Rock, 15th February
Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) Bay of Clachtoll, 15th February
Little Grebe – 3 Loch Culag, 15th February
Great Spotted Woodpecker – 1 Culag Wood, 15th February
Treecreeper – 1 Culag Wood, 15th February
Siskin – 2 (a pair) Culag Wood, 15th February
Red-throated Diver – 1 Loch Inver, 15th February
Twite – c40 Clachtoll, 15th February These birds were seen at their usual feeding station where they also form part of a colour-ringing scheme.
Common Scoter – 2 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February Not a regular sighting in Assynt but this one was of a 1st winter male and a female.
Red-throated Diver – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February
Eider – 9 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February This raft comprised 3 adult males; 3 adult females and 3 1st winter males
Gannet – 104 flew north past Stoer Head Lighthouse in just over one hour, 14th February
Kittiwake – 20+ flew past Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February
Tufted Duck – 5 Loch na Claise, 13th February
Glaucous Gull – 1 (adult) Loch na Claise, 13th February This is the first adult Glaucous recorded in Assynt this year.
Gannet – 40 passing Balchladich Bay, 13th February These birds, all adults, flew passed the bay heading north into a strong north-westerly wind.
Ringed Plover – 20 Bay of Culkein, 13th February
Greylag Goose – 22 Culkein, 13th February
Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bay of Culkein, 13th February This bird was still present on 17th February.
Common Gull – 23 Bay of Culkein, 13th February
Little Grebe – 2 Oldany Estuary, 13th February
Iceland Gull – 1 (1st winter) off Culkein Drumbeg, 13th February It seems some of the white-winged gulls are still around.
Turnstone – 20 Oldany Estuary, 13th February
Barnacle Goose – 4 off-shore Island, Culkein Drumbeg, 13th February
Long-tailed Tit – 7 near Oldany, 12th February
Razorbill – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 11th February
Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 11th February
Goldeneye – 3 Loch na Bruthaich, 11th February
Jackdaw – c15 Elphin, 11th February This is the only location in Assynt where this species is seen.
Barn Owl – Inchnadamph, 5th February
Barn Owl – Kylesku, 1st February
Arnell’s Apple-moss Philonotus arnelli – Discovered by Gordon Rothero and Ian Evans on rocks beside Loch Urigill, 25th February. First record for Assynt.
Common Frog – first frog spawn in several locations – Glencanisp Road; Drumbeg and Lochinver, all 21st February See News for more information and photograph.
first Toads on the move – Badnaban and Loch an Ordain, 20th February
Common Seal – 34 Oldany Estuary, 19th February
Otter – 1 feeding off Rubh’an Dunain, 17th February
Common Frog – first calling males Drumbeg, 16th February
Red Deer – Hind and calf swimming across Loch Drumbeg, 16th February
Harbour Porpoise – 1 off Stoer Head Lighthouse, 14th February