Little Auks around coast of Assynt

January 12th 2016

Little Auks around coast of Assynt

Little Auks, Alle alle continue to be washed up around the coast of Scotland.

This little fellow was rescued from a garden in Clashnessie on 11th January 2016. Little Auks breed in Iceland and Greenland and mainly winter in the North Sea. The series of gales this winter have caused big numbers of this diminutive auk to be blown on to Scottish shores.

Sadly most are dead, but others are just weak and needing help. If they are fit and strong they can be released back into a sheltered sea loch. However, if they are injured or weak they need to go to the Scottish SPCA  (03000 999 999). These cute little birds are not designed to walk, and if they are blown ashore they often cannot take off again. So please help and keep a look out for these special birds.

There have been five live sightings of these auks reported around Assynt so far. – The first was off Oldany on 8th January then Clashnessie Bay, Loch a’ Chairn Bhain, Lochinver bay and Loch Dhrombaig. Don’t get fooled by the hundreds of other auks, Guillemots and Razorbills, which are also sheltering around our shores at the moment. The Little Auk is only about half the size of its bigger relatives at around 8 inches long.

Andy Summers

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