September 2017 Sightings

30th September 2017

  • Butterflies: 21 Red Admiral and several Peacock in Badnaban garden (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Seals: 32 Common Seals and 4 Grey Seals Culkein Drumbeg harbour area (DAH)
  • Brent Goose: single 'pale bellied' bird Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Curlew: five Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Teal: ten Oldany estuary (DAH)

29th September 2017

  • Swallow: seven flying over Culag Park (DAH)

28th September 2017

  • Common Dolphin: several small pods of 4-12 animals and one large pod of c40 off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: 100+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Dunlin: three juveniles Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Butterflies: three Peacock and four Red Admiral on Sedum in Inverkirkaig garden (Mary Bangor-Jones)
  • Otter: single small otter in Lochinver bay (AS)
  • Sparrowhawk: female flying through garden at Clachtoll (AS)

27th September 2017

  • Red Admiral: two on Buddleia at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Swallow: two flying at Clachtoll (AS)

26th September 2017

  • Common Dolphin: 30+ off Clachtoll (DAH/Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Red-throated Diver: two immature birds in Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Butterflies: Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in former bank car park Lochinver (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: juvenile female 'playing' with five Hooded Crows for 20 minutes near Achmelvich (DAH/Romany Garnett)
  • Common Darter and Common Hawker Dragonflies: singles of both along Achmelvich road (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: single male Lochan Saile (Romany Garnett)
  • Teal: four females Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich Bridge (DAH)

25th September 2017

  • Stonechat: five at east end of Loch Ruighean an Aitinn (DAH)
  • Mistle Thrush: five over Nedd (DAH)
  • Siskin: seven over Glenleraig (DAH)
  • Red Admiral butterfly: single in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Peacock butterfly: single in gardens at Torbreck (Gwen Richards) and Inverkirkaig (Mary Bangor-Jones))
  • Basking Shark: single animal off Clachtoll Broch (staff and volunteers at Broch Project)

24th September 2017

  • Twite: 32 Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: two groups totalling over 25 animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

23rd September 2017

  • Wheatear: Single Clachtoll croftlands (AS)
  • Common Dolphin: two very active groups totalling over 40 animals moving south just off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Twite: 25 flying around Stoer green (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single adult Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: 16 Balchladich (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: three (2 male, 1 female) Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Wigeon: seven (4 male, 3 female) Loch na Claise (DAH)

21st September 2017

  • Teal: three males Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Wigeon: two males in eclipse plumage Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Minke Whale: two off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: five off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Moorhen: single adult bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: single bird Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single juvenile bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)

19th September 2017

  • Common Dolphin: 20-30 very active animals off Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)

18th September 2017

  • Common Dolphin: three pods totalling c100 animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Mal Edwards)
  • Risso’s Dolphin: three (adult male, adult female and calf) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Mal Edwards)
  • Otter: two animals in Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)
  • Golden Eagle: single bird over Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)

17th September 2017

  • Red-throated Diver: single juvenile Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: four off Bay of Culkein (DAH
  • Pied Wagtail: 19 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: four (3 adults, 1 immature) off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Mal Edwards)

16th September 2017

  • Merlin: single bird low across Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: 12 near Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Peregrine Falcon: two over Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

15th September 2017

  • Ringed Plover: four Bay of Stoer (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

14th September 2017

  • Goldeneye: single female Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Stoat: single animal in Clachtoll garden (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Reed Bunting: single female in Clachtoll garden (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

13th September 2017

  • While-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum): single flying near Clachtoll Broch (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Curlew: 14 flying over Stoer beach (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Minke Whale: single animal off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 20+ off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: five off Clachtoll with another four, including an immature, close in to the split-rock (DAH/Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Twite: 20+ Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird off Clachtoll and two Bay of Stoer (DAH)

11th September 2017

  • Otter: single animal feeding in smaller bay at Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit: two juvenile birds near Stoer Head Lighthouse (Mal Edwards)
  • Gannet: 111 heading north past Clachtoll in 15 minutes (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell). This report also mentioned that the passage of birds had been non-stop for at least 2 hours. Similarly a report later in the day by Mal Edwards noted "100's of Gannets heading north past Stoer Head Lighthouse all morning". It is possible that these birds were on migration to the west coast of Africa and, sensing the storm approaching Wales and England, decided to turn back north to move out of its path.

10th September 2017

  • Moorhen: single juvenile Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Wigeon: five (3 males, 2 females) Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single female Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Dunlin: three juveniles Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: single bird on rocks below Salmon Bothy, Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Goldfinch: 12, mostly juvenile birds, feeding on thistles near Clachtoll campsite (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Whimbrel: two birds flying over Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

9th September 2017

  • Gannet: two adults fishing in Bay of Clachtoll (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Dipper: single bird on River Inver opposite Little Assynt tree nursery (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Long-tailed Tit: four flying over A837 at Little Assynt (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird on Loch Assynt west of Ardvreck Castle (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Wheatear: single bird Ardvreck castle (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)
  • Curlew: 12 Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: 60+ flying around Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Shag: 72 on small island off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: two off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Stonechat: juvenile bird in garden of Clachtoll Cottage (Ennis Jones and Richard Chappell)

8th September 2017

  • Red Admiral butterfly: two Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg (Marion Macleod)
  • Sparrowhawk: single bird on garden fence Badnaban (Dave Bird)
  • Common Dolphin: c30 very active animals off Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Twite: 23 near salmon bothy Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Skylark: two beach car park Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: six (5 adult, 1 juvenile) over Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: seven, mainly juvenile birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single immature bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

7th September 2017

  • Osprey: single bird 'fishing' in Loch Nedd (Clare Hawley)
  • Dunlin: single juvenile bird feeding in car park below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

5th September 2017

  • Swallow: 20 gathered on overhead wires Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). These birds, and the Meadow Pipits, are now feeding up ahead of their respective long and short migrations.
  • Meadow Pipit: 14 feeding on disturbed ground Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

4th September 2017

  • Tawny Owl: single bird 'kewicking' over Culkein Drumbeg at 21.15 (DAH)

2nd September 2017

  • Risso’s Dolphin: two large males feeding just off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 20+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 15 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: one adult and one juvenile Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Song Thrush: three Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

1st September 2017

  • Skylark: single birds calling overhead Culkein Drumbeg and Clachtoll; more migrants on the move (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: 9 birds feeding on Clachtoll croft (DAH)