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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Eleven birds feeding on margins of frozen Loch an Aigeil (AS) (22/01)
Flock of 29 feeding on Stoer Green (AS) (21/01)
c20 birds on garden trees, Drumbeg (Nancy Millar) (17/01)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Two separate reports of birds using peanut and fat ball feeders in gardens at almost opposite ends of Assynt.
Single bird on peanut feeder, Elphin (Rosie Christmas)
Single bird on fat ball feeder, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/01)
26 birds at Split Rock, Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)
Small flock of 20 at Clachtoll (AS) (16/01)
Single bird foraging under garden feeders, Torbreck (Jack Wright) (14/01)
Three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). At least one of these birds was singing. (12/01)