Sightings – February 2015

February 1st 2015


Brambling – single in garden Torbreck, 28th February (Gwen Richards)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – male on garden peanut feeder Nedd, 27th February (Ian Evans)

Redwing – 2 Drumbeg, 27th February (DAH)

Ringed Plover – several pairs displaying and one pair copulating Bay of Culkein, 27th February (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 27th February (DAH). Another summer migrant has arrived.

Glaucous Gull – 2nd-year type Balchladich, 27th February (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – 2 different females Balchladich, 27th February (DAH). While one was being watched chasing, catching and plucking a female Blackbird the second was spotted being seen off by a Hooded Crow.

Long-tailed Tit – 2 feeding in trees Glenleraig, 25th February (DAH)

Lapwing – 2 males flew west across Bay of Culkein and landed on croft land behind bay, 24th February (DAH)

Wheatear – single near Clashnessie Bay, 23rd February (Vanessa Ling). This is a very early record for this species which may turn south again given the weather and lack of food.

Moorhen – single Loch Drumbeg, 23rd February (DAH). An unusual location for this species.

Goldeneye – pair Loch Drumbeg, 23rd February (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 13 (6 male 7 female) Loch Drumbeg, 23rd February (DAH)

Twite – c85 at Clachtoll, 22nd February (AS)

Brambling – single male Clachtoll, 22nd February (AS)

Golden Plover – single Clachtoll, 22nd February (AS)

Glaucous Gull – single ‘3rd-year’ type Bay of Stoer, 21st February (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Stoer green, 21st February (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 9 Stoer green, 21st February (DAH)

Curlew – 24 Stoer green, 21st February (DAH)

Golden Eagle – pair, with male displaying over Loch Assynt, 20th February (Corinne and Jim France)

Redshank – 5 Bay of Culkein, 20th February (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – 2 adults Bay of Culkein, 20th February (DAH)

Iceland Gull – single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein, 20th February (DAH)

Golden Eagle – pair hunting, Quinag, 19th February (AS)

Fieldfare – single near Strathcroy, 19th February (Ian Evans)

Skylark – 7 Culkein Stoer, 17th February and 8 on the 20th (DAH)

Merlin – male hunting over crofts Culkein Stoer, 17th February (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 3 Culkein Stoer, 17th February (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – single ‘3rd-year’ type Culkein Stoer, 17th February (DAH)

Snipe – 4 Culkein Stoer, 17th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 13 Bay of Culkein, 17th February (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 4 (1 male 3 female) Loch na Claise, 17th February (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 males Loch na Claise, 17th February (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 3 (adult and two immatures) Loch Neil Bhain, 17th February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 3 Loch Dhrombaig, 16th February (DAH)

Goldeneye – single male Loch Borralan, 15th February (DAH)

Goosander – pair Loch Borralan, 15th February (DAH)

Whooper Swan – 5 (3 adult 2 immature) Loch Awe, 15th February (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – female low over road near Raffin, 14th February (DAH)

Snipe – 2 below Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th February (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – male Achmelvich, 13th February (Clarinda Chant)

Teal – 6 Loch Culag, 13th February (Clarinda Chant)

Cormorant – adult with white breeding patch high over Loch Drumbeg, 13th February (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 7 (4 male 3 female) Oldany Estuary, 13th February (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – c10 in garden Nedd, 12th February (Ian Evans)

Red-throated Diver – single off Clachtoll, 12th February (DAH)

Stonechat – male Clachtoll, 12th February (DAH)

Goosander – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch Awe, 12th February (Bill Badger)

Goldeneye – 3 Loch Awe, 12th February (Bill Badger)

Whooper Swan – 5 Loch Awe, 12th February (Bill Badger)

Cormorant – 5 Bay of Culkein, 11th February (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – 16 Culkein Stoer, 11th February (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – female Raffin, 9th February (DAH)

Goosander – single female Strathan bay, 8th February (Gwen Richards)

Wigeon – single male Loch na Claise, 8th February (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 males Loch na Claise, 8th February (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 8th February (DAH)

Goldfinch – 5 Culkein Drumbeg, 8th February (DAH)

Golden Eagle – adult hunting along crofts Clachtoll to Stoer, 7th February (Howard and Julie Grey)

Song Thrush – our first singing thrush this ‘spring’ started at 07.40 Culkein Drumbeg, 7th February (DAH)

Peregrine – female trying her luck with the waders Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Merlin – male through the waders Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 46 Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Redshank – 5 Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Turnstone – 18 Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 34 Bay of Culkein, 7th February (DAH)

Mallard – 16 (7 male 9 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 7th February (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single 1st-winter Loch an Aigeil, 6th February (DAH)

Curlew – 28 Stoer green, 6th February (DAH)

Meadow Pipit – single near the Clachtoll Broch, 6th February (DAH)

Goosander – Ad male on Loch Assynt, 6th February (AS)

Twite – 41 at Clachtoll, 5th February (Tony Mainwood)

House Sparrow – 25+ Drumbeg, 5th February (DAH)

Goldeneye – pair Loch Drumbeg, 5th February (DAH)

Bullfinch – 3 (1 male 2 female) Gleann Leireag, 5th February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 4 Loch Dhrombaig and 3 Loch a’ Chairn Bhain, 5th February (DAH)

Glaucous Gull – 2nd winter type off Rubh’an Dunain, 4th February (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Rubh’an Dunain, 4th February (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 4 Rubh’an Dunain, 4th February (DAH)

Fulmar – c60 on cliff nesting sites east and south of Point of Stoer, 4th February (DAH)

Brambling – single female paying daily visits to feeders in Balchladich garden, 3rd February (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

Treecreeper – single Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd February (DAH)

Bar-tailed Godwit – single bird still showing Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 3rd February (DAH)

Greenfinch – 8 Culkein Drumbeg, 3rd February (DAH)

Goosander – single male west end of River Inver, 2nd February (AS)

Curlew – 16 Clachtoll, 2nd February (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – 2 females! near salmon bothy Clachtoll, 2nd February (DAH). One of these birds was chasing and being chased by a Hooded Crow while the other sat on a fence post and watched proceedings.

Twite – 28 Stoer and c50 Clachtoll, 2nd February (DAH)

Moorhen – single Loch an Aigeil, 2nd February (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 males Loch an Aigeil, 2nd February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 6 Bay of Stoer, 2nd and 6th February (DAH)

Fieldfare – 8 Stoer, 2nd February (DAH)

Tawny Owl – 2 calling Nedd, 1st February (Ian Evans)

Hybrid Carrion/Hooded Crow – 3 Bay of Culkein along with the parent Carrion Crow, 1st February (DAH)

Turnstone – 9 Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 1st February (DAH)

Rock Dove – 23 Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Lapwing – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse and 26 at Culkein Stoer, 1st February (DAH)

Razorbill – 6 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Shag – c112 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Eider – 17 (5 male 12 female) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Goldeneye – 5 (2 male 3 female) Loch na Claise, 1st February (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 11 (5 male 6 female) Loch na Claise, 1st and 8th February (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay and 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st February (DAH)

Mixed Thrushes – 6 Song Thrush; 5 Redwing and 4 Blackbirds at Oldany, 1st February (DAH)

Buzzard – the very light variant still showing well just south of Ledmore junction, 1st February (Bill Badger)



Stoat – Stoats in their white winter coat or ermine were reported recently from Clashmore. Frances Mackenzie saw one on 25th February on the croft below her house and Stephen Murby had been watching one on and off since November just up the road, possibly the same animal. They will be gradually moulting into their brown summer coat about now.

Frog Spawn – 7 clumps in roadside ditch Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg, 19th February (DAH). The first record in 2014 was from Drumbeg on the 25th.

Common Toad – large numbers crossing road to Loch an Ordain, 18th February (Gwen Richards)

Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria – came to house light Nedd, 5th February (Ian Evans). The increase in temperature in the last day or two could account for this moth being about.

Harbour Porpoise – 3 off Rubh’an Dunain, 4th February (DAH)

Otter – swimming across Loch Nedd, 3rd February (Ian Evans)

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