On Sunday 5th April 2015, David and Avril Haines and I were looking under stones on the cliff-top below the Stoerhead Lighthouse carpark (NC0032), as you do when a haar rolls in, and any passing cetaceans are invisible!
Avril found a small (5.5mm), shiny, black weevil, which I retained, since I cannot identify them in the field. It was a broad-nosed weevil, Otiorhynchus arcticus, related to the notorious vine weevil, but with a much more restricted distribution. It is found under stones on mountain tops, mainly in Scotland, but descends to sea level in the north and west, like some montane plants (e.g. moss campion Silene acaulis). The only other local record I have to hand is a of a couple I found on 7th May 2011 just down the coast, near Balchladich (NC0230).
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21 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (28/05)
68 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (28/05)
single bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (28/05)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
two sub-adult birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (28/05)
single bird between Ardvreck Castle and Inchnadamph (Michael Rochester). This sighting was made from the service bus! (27/05)
single bird heard calling, Clachtoll croft (AS) (25/05)
Birch Sawfly (Cimbex femoratus)
single club-horned sawfly on Torbreck croft (Corwin Yates). Photo Gallery - Other Insects. (25/05)
single bird at east end of Loch Assynt, circling and looking lost (Helen Morrison). The previous two days there had been south easterly gales, turning then into the west. (24/05)