Sightings – June 2016

June 1st 2016

BIRDS

Red-throated Diver – 2 adults Loch Dhrombaig, 28th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – 2 adults Clashnessie Bay, 28th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single immature Clashnessie Bay, 28th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – single bird Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 9 adults and 3 downy chicks Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Dunlin – 5 Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 2 adults and 3 juveniles Bay of Culkein, 28th June (DAH)

Sedge Warbler – single bird Culkein Stoer, 25th June (James Pam)

Whimbrel – 2 past Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Wigeon – single male Bay of Culkein, 24th June (James Pam)

Cuckoo – bird flying pursued by pipits Clachtoll, 24th June (James Pam)

Swift – single bird feeding over Culkein Drumbeg, 24th June (DAH)

Sandwich Tern – 2 adults Bay of Culkein, 23rd June (James Pam). One bird had a metal BTO ring on its right leg and the other was already showing some white winter plumage feathers on its crown! Photo on Gallery-Birds

Short-eared Owl – single bird near Raffin, 23rd June (Leigh Sedgley). A rare record in Assynt, photo at Gallery-Birds.

Golden Plover – 2 over Raffin, 23rd June (DAH)

Whimbrel – single Raffin, 23rd June (DAH)

Common Scoter – c30 flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 23rd June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male still around at Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Dunlin – 3 Bay of Culkein, 22nd June (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 1 adult 2 chicks Loch Kirkaig, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Black-throated Diver – single Loch Kirkaig, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Peregrine – single over Loch Cul Fraioch, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Arctic Skua – 4 over Stoer Head, 19th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Black-throated Diver – 5 adults Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 adults and 1 juvenile, 19th June Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Common Tern – 15+ Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Cuckoo – calling Achmelvich, 19th June (DAH)

Sand Martin – 3 near Ledmore Junction, 18th June (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Sand Martin – 2 near Raffin, 18th June (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – 2 Loch na Bruthaich, 18th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – 4 Loch na Bruthaich, 18th June (DAH)

Goldfinch – 2 adults and 3 juveniles Culkein Drumbeg, 17th June (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 2 adults and 2 juveniles Culkein Stoer, 1 adult and 3 juveniles Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th June (DAH)

Skylark – adult and juvenile Culkein Stoer, 17th June (DAH)

Wheatear – adult and 2 juveniles Culkein Stoer, 17th June (DAH)

White Wagtail – single male Bay of Culkein, 17th June (DAH)

Dunlin – single Bay of Culkein, 17th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – single female Rubh’an Dunain, 17th June (DAH)

Siskin – 4 on garden feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 16th June (DAH)

Juvenile birds – Pied Wagtail and Wheatear near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 15th June (DAH)

Mistle Thrush – 3 Inverkirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Dunlin – single Loch Kirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2 adults Loch Kirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 10 (mixture of females, eclipse males and juveniles) Loch Kirkaig, 14th June (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Eider – 5 (3 adult female, 2 ducklings) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 13th June (DAH)

Arctic Skua – 3 (2 light and 1 dark morph) over Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Shag – 73 on water off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Tawny Owl – young seen ‘branching’ near Inverkirkaig, 10th June (Gita Erram). Photo at Gallery-Birds.

Goldfinch – juvenile in garden Torbreck, 9th June (Gwen Richards)

Osprey – single feeding on the River Loanan near Bone caves, 9th June (AS)

Common Tern – 11 on rocks and feeding Bay of Stoer, 9th June (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – Single Bay of Clachtoll, 9th June (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – Single Bay of Clachtoll, 9th June (DAH)

Ring Ouzel – two pairs with fledged young at Bone caves, 8th June (AS)

Sanderling – 8 Bay of Culkein, 8th June (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Culkein Stoer and a single near Raffin, 8th June (DAH)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – juvenile on garden peanut feeder Nedd, 7th June (Ian Evans)

Pied Wagtail – with caught Golden-ringed Dragonfly near Inverkirkaig, 7th June (Ian Evans)

Common Crane – single over Loch Nedd, 7th June (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 2 families with 10 goslings in total Loch Dhrombaig, 7th June (Ken and Sarah Haines)

Red-throated Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 7th June (DAH)

Common Sandpiper – 2 Oldany estuary, 7th June (DAH)

Eider – 3 (2 male 1 female) Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 7th June (DAH)

Cuckoo – flying near Stoer Primary School, 6th June (DAH)

Chiffchaff – bird singing Nedd, 4th and 8th June (Ian Evans)

Short-eared Owl – seen hunting and perched near Loch Cul Fraioch, Culkein Stoer, 4th June (Nick Page)

Greylag Goose – 2 families with goslings Loch an Aigeil, 3rd June (Stevan Lockhart)

Lapwing – chicks seen near Culkein Stoer, 1st June (Nick Page)

Chiffchaff – male singing Culag Woods, 1st June (AS)

Great Northern Diver – single in Bay of Stoer, 1st June (AS)

Grasshopper Warbler – Male singing Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll, 1st June (AS)

Twite – pair at Achmelvich, 1st June (AS)

 

OTHERS

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adult 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 29th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Harbour Porpoise – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 25th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse for around 3 hours, 23rd June (DAH)

Otter – 4 Loch Kirkaig, 21st June, (Jez and Maggie Allen)

Common Dolphin – c100 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 19th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Achmelvich Bay, 19th June (DAH)

Dark Green Fritillary butterfly – single in Torbreck garden, 18th June (Gwen Richards)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 adults and single calf off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Common Blue butterfly – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Meadow Brown butterfly – single near Stoerhead Lighthouse, 18th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – single of Stoerhead Lighthouse, 17th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 16th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 12 feeding close in at Stoerhead Lighthouse, 14th June (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 13th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – 3 (2 adults 1 calf) off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 12th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 50+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 11th June (DAH)

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi – single around house Achnacarnin, 10th June (Stuart Belshaw)

Orca (Killer Whale) – 3 off Balchladich Bay, 10th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly – 3 on croft Torbreck, 9th June (Gwen Richards)

Basking Shark – single off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 9th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Large Red Damselfly – resting on rock Port Alltan na Bradhan, 9th June (DAH)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly – single hawking Port Alltan na Bradhan, 9th June (DAH)

Slow worm – single seen in Culag woods, 9th June (Murdo MacAskill, Lochinver pre-school)

Harbour Porpoise – 4 off Rubh’an Dunain, 8th June (DAH)

Painted Lady butterfly – single at Rubh’an Dunain, 8th June (DAH)

Common Dolphin – 20+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – 3 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 8th June (DAH)

Oil beetle Meloe violaceus – single female Nedd, 6th June (Anne Nicoll)

Harbour Porpoise – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (DAH)

Minke Whale – 2 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 6th June (Leigh Sedgley)

Rustic Shoulder-knot moth Apamea sordens – single in light trap Torbreck, 20th June (Gwen Richards). This is the first record of this moth in Assynt. Photo on Gallery-Moths.

Damselflies – large red, common blue and blue-tailed species, All Abilities Path Little Assynt, 5th June (Ian Evans)

Painted Lady butterfly – 3 in garden Stoer, 4th June (Howard and Julie Grey)

Common Dolphins – c12 off Culkein Stoer, 2nd June (reported)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly – Loch Crocach, 1st June (AS)

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Recent Sightings

Corncrake

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)

Gannet

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)

Sedge Warbler

four birds heard singing of which three were seen, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (21/05)

Turnstone

three birds in breeding plumage, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (21/05)

Sanderling

four birds in spring plumage, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (21/05)

Dunlin

50+ Bay of Culkein (DAH) (21/05)

Shelduck

single male briefly in Bay of Culkein (DAH) (21/05)

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