July 2017 Sightings

30th July 2017

  • Lapwing: single juvenile bird near Ledmore junction (DAH)

27th July 2017

  • Swallow: six birds on electricity wire Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

26th July 2017

  • Curlew: four birds flying over Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Black-headed Gull: single bird on Achmelvich machair (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Herring Gull: 48 Bay of Culkein (DAH). A mixed age flock but the majority were by far juvenile birds.
  • Red-throated Diver: two adults Bay of Culkein (DAH)

25th July 2017

  • Peregrine: three birds (one adult and two juveniles) over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: single adult Clashnessie Bay and two juvenile birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)

24th July 2017

  • Greenshank: single adult Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: single Loch Kirkaig and two Loch Inver (DAH)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Eider: three adult females and three well grown juveniles Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: adult male feeding juvenile Culkein Drumbeg (DAH
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird singing Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Knot: single juvenile bird off Badnaban (Gwen Richards)
  • Adder: young animal basking on house patio Inverkirkaig (Jacqueline Last and her son Seamus)

23rd July 2017

  • Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba): single near Elphin (Gwen Richards)
  • Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris): numerous burrows and droppings recorded near Loch Urigill (Ian Evans). Given how difficult Water Vole are to see this is about as close as you get to knowing they are around. Photo on Land Mammals gallery.
  • Ringed Plover: single adult and two active chicks Loch Urigill (DAH)

21st July 2017

  • Butterflies: Grayling, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Dark Green Fritillary all seen in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Common Dolphin: 6+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: two pale morph birds off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird calling from reeds Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: adult and three very small chicks Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

19th July 2017

  • Black-throated Diver: four adults Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Teal: single female Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

18th July 2017

  • Adder: single animal seen basking in sun on old road near Little Assynt (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Eider: four adult females and nine well grown juveniles Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • House Martin: six occupied nests on one Culkein Drumbeg building with young being fed by parents (DAH)
  • Blackbird: five juvenile birds around Balchladich garden (Jane Mallalieu)

16th July 2017

  • Peregrine Falcon: single adult bird resting on rock face Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja): single in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Manx Shearwater: single bird off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). The strong westerly wind will be pushing these birds closer to our coastline.
  • White Wagtail: an adult and a juvenile Bay of Culkein (DAH). Another sign that the autumn migration is underway.
  • Golden Plover: single adult bird using distraction display near Balchladich (Ian MacKenzie)

15th July 2017

  • Cuckoo: the juvenile bird reported from Balchladich on 8th July was seen being fed by Meadow Pipit 'parents', the most common host species in Assynt (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)

14th July 2017

  • Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja): single flying near Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Gannet: four birds diving for food for over an hour just off Clachtoll beach (Elliot Bligh)

13th July 2017

  • Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus): single near Achmelvich Bridge (George Morrison). Wonder if this and the specimen that was seen near Rhicarn are one and the same?
  • Black-throated Diver: three adults Clashnessie Bay only 3-4 metres off shore (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single adult Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Swallow: eight feeding very low over Culag Park Lochinver (DAH)
  • Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus): single specimen feeding near Rhicarn is only second record for Assynt (DAH). Photo on Beetles gallery.

12th July 2017

  • Cetaceans: yet another great day of cetacean sightings off Stoer Head Lighthouse - 2 Harbour Porpoise, c150 Common Dolphin (photo on Marine gallery), c45 White-beaked Dolphin and a single Minke Whale (DAH)
  • Guillemot: eight (4 adults and 4 juveniles) off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH). The adults will be males as they look after the flightless young birds after they leap from the nest ledge.
  • mixed Common and Arctic Terns: c180 feeding off Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)

11th July 2017

  • Orca (Killer Whale): six animals, comprising 1 male, 3 females and 2 calves, off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley). From a sighting of this group off the Summer Isles at the weekend we know that these animals are from the Northern Isles population.

10th July 2017

  • Otter: single animal Lochinver breakwater (Laura Traynor)
  • Common Dolphin: three pods totalling over 50 animals feeding off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna juncea): single male 'hawking' along edge of trees near Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two 1st-summer birds off Clachtoll (DAH)

9th July 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: two feeding off Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two close in Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Dunlin: nine Bay of Culkein (DAH). These birds were all adults and will be on autumn passage either because they failed to breed or have been successful and left the young birds to fend for themselves.
  • Curlew: two Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: four (adult male and three juveniles) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus): two flying near Raffin bothies (DAH)

8th July 2017

  • Cuckoo: juvenile bird perched on Balchladich garden wall, unfortunately it flew before a 'parent' bird came to feed it (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Bullfinch: two adults and two juveniles on peanut feeder in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Slow-worm: single animal near Loch na Bruthaich (Chris Puddephatt)

7th July 2017

  • Cetaceans: another exciting day of cetacean sightings off Stoer Head Lighthouse with Harbour Porpoise, Common Dolphin, White-beaked Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin all seen by lots of visitors (DAH)
  • Spotted Flycatcher: adult seen feeding juvenile bird Cnocnaneach area (Gwen Richards)

6th July 2017

  • Garden Tiger moth (Arctia caja): very fresh adult near fishing bothy Clachtoll (Millie Galway)

5th July 2017

  • Harbour Porpoise: between eight and ten off Rubh'an Dunain (Kath Ainslie)
  • Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata): large numbers once again on the wing at Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: three off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: six (5 adults one calf) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Leigh Sedgley/DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 100+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: six (5 adults, one calf) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: 25 heading north past Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: two over Stoer Head Lighthouse, one pale morph adult and dark morph juvenile (DAH)

4th July 2017

  • Oystercatcher: 25 on grass at north end of Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Gull: 64 Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)

3rd July 2017

  • Little Grebe: two adults and single fledged chick Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae): three near Clachtoll beach car park (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: four on Clachtoll grazings (DAH)

1st July 2017

  • Osprey: single bird flying west near Ledmore junction (Clare Hawley)
  • Otter: single animal swimming and feeding from Rubh'an Dunain towards Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Scaup: single adult male Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Teal: three Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Curlew: two Balchladich (DAH
  • Starling: c80 adults and juveniles Balchladich (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird in full breeding plumage Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Common Tern: four Clashnessie Bay (DAH)