Sightings – March 2017

March 9th 2017

BIRDS

Sparrowhawk – single bird being chased by Hooded Crow, Culkein Drumbeg, 31st March (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 6 (3 pairs) Loch Dhrombaig, 31st March (DAH)

Reed Bunting – single male lochside tree Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, 30th March (DAH)

Goldeneye – 5 (3 males 2 females) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, 30th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Loch Dhrombaig, 30th March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – pair at the east end of Loch Assynt, 30th March (Helen Morrison)

Greenshank – 3 birds Clashnessie Bay, 29th March (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single adult bird Clashnessie Bay, 29th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – pair Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, 28th March (Ian Evans)

Greenshank – single bird calling on Loch Nedd, 28th March (Ian Evans)

Redwing – 9 Inchnadamph Church Yard, 28th March (Helen Morrison)

Wheatear – single bird Stoer, 27th March (Howard and Julie Grey)

Lapwing – single bird Lochan an Tairbh, Torbreck, 27th March (Gwen Richards)

Reed Bunting – single bird on garden feeder Cathair Dhubh, 27th March (Roger Glover)

Red-breasted Merganser – 7 Lochinver bay, 27th March (Andy Summers)

Redwing – single birds Nedd and Clashnessie, 27th March (Ian Evans)

House Sparrow – 14 Lochinver garden, 27th March (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 Glencanisp, 27th March (DAH)

Wheatear – single birds Clachtoll (Ian MacDonald) and Clashnessie (DAH) and a pair Culkein Drumbeg (DAH), all 26th March

Great Skua – single bird off Clachtoll, 26th March (DAH)

Golden Plover – 2 Clachtoll, 26th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 8 Clachtoll, 26th March (DAH)

Twite – 24 Clachtoll, 26th March (DAH)

Curlew – 6 Loch an Aigeil, 26th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – 2 Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 26th March (DAH)

Razorbill – 5 Clashnessie Bay, 25th March (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single bird Clashnessie Bay, 25th March (DAH)

Black-headed Gull – single bird off Rubh’an Dunain, 25th March (DAH)

Eider – 8 off Rubh’an Dunain, 25th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 24 on breeding grounds Culkein Stoer, 25th March (DAH)

Turnstone – single bird Bay of Culkein, 25th March (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 6 (5 males 1 female) Bay of Culkein, 25th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Bay of Culkein and a single bird Clashnessie Bay, 25th March (DAH)

Reed Bunting – 3 Clachtoll, 23rd March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Teal – single male Loch an Tairbh, Torbreck, 23rd March (Gwen Richards)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch Dhrombaig, 23rd March (DAH)

Twite – 61 Clachtoll, 22nd March (AS)

Linnet – single bird Clachtoll, 22nd March (AS)

Black-headed Gull – 3 on shore near play park Lochinver, 22nd March (Gwen Richards)

Woodcock – 2 birds near Oldany Farm, 22nd March (DAH)

Lapwing – 12 near Clachtoll Broch, 21st March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Golden Plover – 12 near Clachtoll Broch, 21st March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Redwing – 10+ Clachtoll, 21st March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Sparrowhawk – single chasing garden birds 83 Torbreck, 21st March (Gwen Richards)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – single bird flying near Torbreck, 21st March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single bird in breeding plumage Loch Drumbeg, 21st March (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 feeding near Rhicarn, 21st March (DAH)

Bullfinch – a pair near Rhicarn, 21st March (DAH)

Grey Wagtail – pair near 83 Torbreck, 20th March (Gwen Richards)

Gannet – 7 feeding Achmelvich Bay, 19th March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Whooper Swan – 5 (4 adults 1 immature) on lochan near Achmelvich bridge, 19th March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

White-tailed Eagle – juvenile bird seen taking Fulmar from surface of water off Achmelvich Bay, 19th March (A. Iveson/C. Mcgaw)

Curlew – 5 Culkein Drumbeg harbour area, 19th March (DAH)

Sparrowhawk – single bird Strathcroy, 19th March (Gwen Richards)

Reed Bunting – single male Clachtoll, 18th March (AS)

Oystercatcher – 2 on Loch Assynt side near Skiag Bridge, 18th March (Helen Morrison)

Lapwing – 24 Culkein Stoer, 18th March (DAH)

Eider – 16 (eight pairs) off Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Iceland Gull – single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Ringed Plover – 10 Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Sanderling – single bird Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Turnstone – 6 Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Common Gull – 70 Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Oystercatcher – 43 Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Redshank – 4 Bay of Culkein, 18th March (DAH)

Merlin – seen taking small passerine in Achnacarnin garden, 17th March (Robert Kinnaird)

Bullfinch – 4 (2 pairs) feeding in Baddidarach garden, 16th March (Ken Fairchild)

Treecreeper – single bird near Rhicarn, 13th March (Romany Garnett)

Grey Wagtail – single male near Rhicarn, 13th March (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – 3 males near Rhicarn, 13th March (DAH)

Long-tailed Tit – 3 near Rhicarn, 13th March (DAH)

Goldeneye – 3 (1 male 2 females) Loch Eileanach, 13th March (DAH)

Purple Sandpiper – 20 Badnaban Bay, 12th March (Gwen Richards)

Twite – 7 Culkein Drumbeg, 12th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch Dhrombaig, 12th March (DAH)

Eider – 4 (3 males 1 female) Loch Dhrombaig, 12th March (DAH)

Redshank – 2 Bay of Culkein, 11th March (DAH)

Long-tailed Duck – single male Bay of Culkein, 11th March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single bird in breeding plumage Bay of Culkein, 11th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Balchladich Bay and 3 Bay of Culkein, 11th March (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single birds Balchladich Bay and Bay of Culkein, 11th March (DAH)

Curlew – 10 Balchladich Bay, 11th March (DAH)

Skylark – 6 on one croft Balchladich, 11th March (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 2 males Loch na Claise, 11th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 5 Loch Neil Bhain and 14 Culkein Stoer, 11th March (DAH)

Little Grebe – single Loch Neil Bhain and 2 Loch na Claise, 11th March (DAH)

Mallard – 16 (8 pairs) Loch Neil Bhain, 11th March (DAH)

Brambling – single bird on Baddidarach garden feeder, 10th March (Ken Fairchild)

Bullfinch – 8 Little Assynt, 10th March (Romany Garnett and Don O’Driscoll)

Whooper Swan – 5 adults Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, near Achmelvich Bridge, 10th March (Romany Garnett)

Goldeneye – pair Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, 9th March (DAH)

Black-throated Diver – single bird in breeding plumage Loch Awe, 9th March (DAH)

Greenfinch – 3 males Culkein Drumbeg, 7th March (DAH)

Eider – 3 pairs Badnaban bay, 7th March (Dave Bird)

Sparrowhawk – male hunting through trees Culkein Drumbeg, 7th March (DAH)

Reed Bunting – single male Culkein Drumbeg, 7th March (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single male Culkein Drumbeg, 7th March (DAH)

Goldfinch – 8 birds on feeders Culkein Drumbeg, 7th March (DAH)

Treecreeper – single bird near Rhicarn, 6th March (Romany Garnett)

Long-tailed Tit – 2 near Rhicarn, 6th March (Romany Garnett)

Goldeneye – a pair Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer, 6th March (DAH)

Razorbill – 7 off Clashnessie Bay, 6th March (DAH)

Red-throated Diver – single birds Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll, 6th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 11 off Clashnessie Bay, 6th March (DAH)

Pied Wagtail – single males Clashnessie Bay and Bay of Clachtoll, 6th March (DAH)

Red-breasted Merganser – 5 (1 male 4 females) Oldany estuary, 6th March (DAH)

Wigeon – a pair Oldany estuary, 6th March (DAH)

Skylark – 2 near Stoerhead Lighthouse with one bird singing, 5th March (DAH)

Eider – 9 off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th March (DAH)

Lapwing – 2 Loch Neil Bhain, 5th March (DAH)

Teal – 4 (3 males 1 female) Loch Neil Bhain, 5th March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – 2 Balchladich Bay, 4th March (DAH)

Curlew – 11 Loch na Claise, 4th March (DAH)

Tufted Duck – 5 (4 males 1 female) Loch na Claise, 4th March (DAH)

Skylark – 3 Culkein Stoer, 4th March (DAH)

Barnacle Goose – single bird Culkein Stoer, 4th March (DAH)

Greylag Goose – 21 Culkein Stoer, 4th March (DAH)

Black Guillemot – 2 Bay of Culkein, 4th March (DAH)

Turnstone – 10 Bay of Culkein, 4th March (DAH)

Mallard – 10 (4 males 6 females) Loch Neil Bhain, 4th March (DAH)

Song Thrush – 7 feeding on Culag Park, Lochinver, 2nd March (DAH)

Little Grebe – single bird Loch Drumbeg, 2nd March (DAH)

Great Northern Diver – single bird Loch Dhrombaig, 2nd March (DAH)

OTHERS

Palmate Newt – 6+ in roadside pool Glencanisp, 27th March (DAH)

Risso’s Dolphin – mother and calf off Clachtoll and a single male off Bay of Stoer, 26th March (DAH)

Small Tortoiseshell – single at Clachtoll, 25th March (Roz Summers)

Harbour Porpoise – 6 (4 adults 2 juveniles) off Bay of Culkein, 25th March (DAH)

Slow worm – rear of Visitor’s Centre Lochinver, 23rd March (AS)

Frog Spawn – Baddidarach garden pond, 17th March (Ken Fairchild)

Common Frog – reports of frogs singing in garden ponds, Drumbeg (Nancy Millar) and Strathan (Clarinda Chant), 11th March

Harbour Seal – 29 off Culkein Drumbeg jetty, 7th March (DAH)

Harbour Porpoise – several sightings with a total of 12 animals recorded off Stoerhead Lighthouse, 5th March (DAH)

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Recent Sightings

Gannet

Eight birds fishing, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (10/08)

Corncrake

Single bird heard, Culkein Stoer (Nick Simpson).   (09/08)

Merlin

Single male flying alongside road, Inchnadamph (Paul MGowan) (09/08)

Common Toad

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Palmate Newt

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Butterflies

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Gannet

Two birds, one immature, fishing from Bay of Clachtoll to Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (07/08)

Field Gentian (Gentianella campestris)

15+ plants coming into flower, Stoer green (Charlie Leeson) (07/08)

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