Sightings – June 2015

June 1st 2015

BIRDS

Common Scoter – c120 in 3 flocks past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th June (DAH)

Stonechat – pair near Brackloch, 26th June (Les and Liz Pearce)

Black-throated Diver – 2 east end Loch Assynt, 25th June (Helen Morrison)

Arctic Tern – 3 Inverkirkaig Bay, 24th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Goldfinch – 8 (6 adults 2 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 24th June (DAH)

Greenfinch – 14 (10 adults 4 juveniles) Culkein Drumbeg, 24th June (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – female and 6 chicks Loch Eileanach, near Lagg, 23rd June (Gwen Richards)

Common Scoter – 5 flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd June (DAH)

Sand Martin – 2 near Raffin, 23rd June (DAH)

Goldcrest – adults feeding fledged young Inverkirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Cuckoo – bird calling Inverkirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Greenshank – 3 adults still in breeding plumage Loch Kirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 5 Loch Kirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 38 Loch Kirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 (4 male 1 female) Loch Kirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 7 adults Loch Kirkaig, 22nd June (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 between Balchladich and Raffin, 21st June (Gwen Richards)

Red-breasted Merganser – 11 Loch Kirkaig, 20th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Black-throated Diver – 4 Loch Kirkaig, 20th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Great Skua – 2 resting on grazing near Rubh’an Dunain, 18th June (DAH). One of these birds had a numbered coloured ring on its left leg; this will be reported so that the bird’s history can be obtained. Photo Gallery-Birds. 28th June – the BTO have replied to let us know that the bird was ringed on Handa Island as a chick on 5th July 2009, so it was spotted 2174 days after it was ringed and 17km from the ringing site.

Golden Plover – 7 Culkein Stoer, 18th June (DAH)

Lapwing – 8 and two chicks Culkein Stoer, 18th June (DAH)

Turnstone – 2 Bay of Culkein, 18th June (DAH)

Dunlin – 2 Bay of Culkein, 18th June (DAH)

Sanderling – 3 Bay of Culkein, 18th June (DAH)

Common Tern – 2 feeding Clashnessie Bay, 18th June (DAH)

Juvenile birds – juvenile Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Great Tit on feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 18th June (DAH)

Redwing – single bird carrying food near Drumbeg, 17th June (Andy Summers)

Black-throated Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 17th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Great Northern Diver – single Clashnessie Bay, 17th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Ring Ouzel – 2 near summit of Canisp, 16th June (Mike Pollard)

Black-throated Diver – 2 on Loch Drumbeg, 16th June (DAH)

Arctic Tern – 2 on off shore island Culkein Drumbeg, 16th June (DAH). This is a very poor number this year as the size of the ‘Comic’ tern colony has been building over a number of years in this location. The very cold and wet weather and/or a lack of food in the Minch could be the cause.

Golden Plover – 3 near Clachtoll Broch, 15th June (Ennis and Richard Chappell)

Common Scoter – total of 31 in two mixed sex groups heading north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – single Culkein Stoer, 13th June (DAH)

Common Tern – 2 Bay of Culkein, 13th June (DAH)

Common Scoter – single male Bay of Culkein, 13th June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 13th and 18th June (DAH)

Turnstone – 6 Bay of Culkein, 13th June (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 13th June (DAH)

Dunlin – 6 Bay of Culkein, 13th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 3 at Loch Druim Suardalain 12th June (Andy Summers)

Great Northern Diver – single in summer plumage Clashnessie Bay, 12th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 3 sightings of pale morph birds over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH)

Siskin – single males at Culkein Drumbeg and near Reintraid, 11th June (DAH)

Golden Eagle – over Clachtoll, 10th June (Roz and Eilidh Summers)

Song Thrush – ‘bashing’ the shell off a white-lipped snail Cepaea nemoralis in garden Nedd, 10th June (Ian Evans)

Arctic Skua – single over split rock Clachtoll, 10th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Clashnessie Bay, 10th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Merlin – male past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 10th June (DAH)

Ringed Plover – c15 Bay of Culkein, 10th June (DAH)

Dunlin – 9 Bay of Culkein, 10th June (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 10th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – single bird ‘calling’ on Stoer Peninsula, 10th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Osprey – Loch Assynt, 8th June (Su Floyd)

Bullfinch – 2 on track to Falls of Kirkaig, 8th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

House Martin – 2 Culkein Drumbeg, 8th June (DAH)

White-tailed Sea Eagle – one at Stoer Lighthouse, 8th June (reported)

Canada Goose – Clachtoll, 7th June (Andy Summers)

Whimbrel – 5 at Clachtoll, 7th June (Andy Summers)

Redwing – adult singing at Elphin, 7th June (Brendan O’Hanrahan)

Linnet – fledged youngsters at Clachtoll, 7th June (Andy Summers)

Long-eared Owl – Eisg-brachaidh, 6th June

Kittiwake – 250+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (DAH)

Common Scoter – 30 flying south past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (DAH)

Geese – mixed skein of c30 Greylag and Canada flying north past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (DAH)

Swallow – 47 on overhead wires Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (DAH)

Spotted Flycatcher – two reports of birds feeding in gardens, 3rd June (Clashnessie – Chris and Carol Puddephatt) and (Balchladich – Gordon and Lesley Sleight, photo on Gallery-Birds)

Red-breasted Merganser – pair under Kylesku bridge, 2nd June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Kylesku, 2nd June (DAH)

Osprey – bird seen at east end of Loch Assynt for last few days, 1st June (Helen Morrison)

Blackcap – female visiting garden feeder Balchladich, 1st June (Gordon and Lesley Slight)

Whitethroat – near Drumbeg, 1st June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – single 3rd summer bird Bay of Culkein, 1st June (DAH)

Sanderling – 2 Bay of Culkein, 1st June (DAH)

Turnstone – 5 Bay of Culkein, 1st June (DAH)

Dunlin – 8 Bay of Culkein, 1st June (DAH)

Pink-footed Goose – single grazing around Stoerhead Lighthouse, 1st June (DAH)

OTHERS

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 30th June (DAH)

Pine Martin – on compost heap in garden late afternoon Badnaban, 24th June (Ed von Gohren)

Mink – single animal seen on the Traligill at Inchnadamph, 24th June (Reported). If you see this animal please let us know where and when asap, thank you.

Otter – Inverkirkaig, 21st June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 21st June (DAH)

Palmate Newt – 2 road to Glencanisp Lodge, 19th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Otter – Clashnessie Bay, 17th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Otter – Bay of Clachtoll, 16th June (Ennis and Richard Chappell)

Ruby Tiger moth Phragmatobia fuliginosa – near Clachtoll Broch, 15th June (Ennis and Richard Chappell). Photo at Gallery-Moths.

Otter – Bay of Stoer, 15th June (Ennis and Richard Chappell)

Basking Shark – off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – 5 adults and 2 calves off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH). Photos at Gallery-Marine.

Common Dolphin – c20 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Red Deer – calf seen near Torbreck, 14th June (Gwen Richards)

Risso’s Dolphin – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH). This is our first record of Basking Shark this year and was very unexpected given the cold weather recently.

Harbour Porpoise – several sightings off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (Leigh Sedgley, et al.)

Common Dolphin – 20+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse for c1.5 hours, 12th June (DAH)

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula – in garden Nedd, 10th June (Ian Evans)

Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris – in garden Nedd, 10th June (Ian Evans)

Globeflower – in flower near Clashnessie, 10th June (Chris and Carol Puddephatt)

Adder – 2 near Loch Beannach, Little Assynt, 8th June (Peter Moss)

Common Dolphin – numerous sightings of varying sizes of pods, 20 – 50+, off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (various)

Harbour Porpoise – numerous sightings off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (various)

Minke Whale – numerous sightings of a single and two off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 4th June (Steve Truluck, et al.)

Otter – feeding off jetty Kylesku, 2nd June (DAH)

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Red Admiral

Three butterflies on car, Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (17/10)

Common Dolphin

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Common Darter

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Tree Creeper

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Fieldfare

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Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

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Goosander

Single male in eclipse plumage briefly on Lochan an Iasgaich, opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (15/10)

Dipper

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