October 2017 Sightings

31st October 2017

  • Great Northern Diver: two birds on Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

30th October 2017

  • Ptarmigan: single bird near Spidean Coinich, Quinag in half winter plumage (Romany Garnet)

27th October 2017

  • Hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow: three birds near Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single immature bird hunting near Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Redwing: 30+ near Totag and 41 Culkein Stoer (DAH)

26th October 2017

  • Grey Heron: two birds mobbing a Buzzard to the east of Drumbeg (DAH)

24th October 2017

  • Buzzard: single bird viewing the area from the west-most gable of Calda House, Loch Assynt (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: three males Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)

23rd October 2017

  • Long-tailed Duck: single 1st-winter bird off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

22nd October 2017

  • Shag: 107 (plus 7 Cormorants) on rocks below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird flying over Clachtoll (AS)

21st October 2017

  • Brambling: 10+ feeding in Baddidarach garden (Chris and Fran Barley)
  • Brambling: two at Inverkirkaig with Redwings (AS)
  • Whooper Swan: single immature on Maiden Loch, Clachtoll (AS)
  • Ring-billed Gull: single 2nd-winter bird in with Common Gulls, Stoer green (DAH). Photo on Birds Gallery
  • Moorhen: single adult bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH)

20th October 2017

  • Brambling: seven birds, including males, on peanut feeder in Balchladich garden (Gordon and Lesley Sleight). Time to start looking more closely at all the Chaffinch flocks that have appeared in the last few days!
  • Great Northern Diver: four winter plumage birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: single bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: four (3 adults, 1 1st-winter) Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Dunlin: single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)

19th October 2017

  • Woodcock: single bird Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg (Ian Evans)
  • Redwing: 70+ in Inchnadamph garden (Helen Morrison). Helen also remarked on the fact that the usual rowan berry supply was not readily available, because of damage over previous weeks by strong winds.
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird at east end of Loch Assynt for last two days (Helen Morrison)

18th October 2017

  • Grey Heron: single bird flying near Little Assynt all abilities path car park (Laura Traynor)
  • Fieldfare: c65 birds near Ardvar road and c40 near waterfall on Allt na Ghamhna (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: single bird off Bay of Culkein (DAH)

17th October 2017

  • Redwing: c25 near Cathair Dhubh (DAH)
  • Buzzard: three birds over Rientraid (DAH)

16th October 2017

  • Whimbrel: single bird Culkein Stoer (Ian Forbes)
  • Redwing: 200+ at Culkein Stoer (Ian Forbes)
  • Kestrel: single bird hunting over crofts Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Jay: single bird being mobbed by two Hooded Crows Balchladich (DAH). This is only the second ever Assynt record of this species, the first being from near Torbreck in 1998.
  • Snipe: four birds near Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two winter plumage birds Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: four birds Balchladich Bay (DAH)

15th October 2017

  • Redwing: 35 birds Culkein Stoer (Ian Forbes)
  • Whooper Swan: 10 (adults) Lochan Fearna, Lagg and four (2 adults, 2 juveniles) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: c100 birds over Achnacarnin (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 12 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: 22 (adults and some juveniles) Bay of Culkein (Chris Cant and Caz Walker)

13th October 2017

  • Glue fungus (Hymenochaete corrugata): a fine example of this very infrequently recorded fungus near Achmelvich (Caz Walker). Photo on Fungi gallery
  • Little Tern: single adult bird flying around Culkein Stoer for c20 minutes before it disappeared over the hill in the direction of Point of Stoer (DAH). This is the first record of this species in Assynt.
  • Golden Plover: eight birds over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: 21 Rubh'an Dunain (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: c100 (adult, 1st-winter and juvenile plumages) on croft land Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Brent Goose: 37 'pale bellied' birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: two Bay of Culkein (DAH)

12th October 2017

  • Whooper Swan: 25 flying over Loch na Claise heading west at 5.45pm (Gordon and Lesley Sleight)
  • Otter: single animal Culkein Stoer (Chris Cant and Caz Walker)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Bay of Culkein (Chris Cant and Caz Walker)
  • Redwing: several near Culkein Stoer (Chris Cant and Caz Walker)
  • Barnacle Goose: four small skeins over Culkein Stoer (Chris Cant and Caz Walker)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single very vocal bird Nedd (DAH)

11th October 2017

  • Golden Eagle: single bird over Achmelvich (Sarah Livingstone)

10th October 2017

  • Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa) fungus: several large tufts Inverkirkaig (Ian Evans)
  • Brent Goose: single bird Bay of Culkein (Chris Cant). Bird still present 12-10-17
  • Oystercatcher: 14 Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

9th October 2017

  • Long-tailed Tit: 11 feeding and moving through trees from Oldany to Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dipper: single bird near Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

8th October 2017

  • Whooper Swan: four adults and six juveniles near Achmelvich (Romany Garnet)
  • Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata): single insect seen 'swimming' in puddle Oldany dornie (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 26 Bay of Culkein (Jane Mallalieu)
  • Tufted Duck: two males Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single immature male hunting near Culkein Stoer with c30 Meadow Pipits harassing him (DAH)
  • Grey Heron: five around Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Wheatear: Single male (probably Greenland race heading to Africa from Iceland or Greenland) at Achnacarnin, Stoer (AS)

6th October 2017

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Oldany Island (Jo Brandwood)
  • Whooper Swan: 19, including one juvenile, Lochinver bay (Gwen Richards)

5th October 2017

  • Pink-footed Goose: One skein of c130 birds flying S.E. seen from the loop path on Little Assynt Estate (Gwen Richards)
  • Pink-footed Goose: two skeins over Culkein Drumbeg at 4.35am and 4.50am (DAH). The almost full moon will be allowing the geese to migrate at night.

4th October 2017

  • Whooper Swan: 17 heading south over Clachtoll (Paul Burnett). It would seem the north-westerly winds have convinced the swans and geese now is the time to migrate.
  • Swallow: single flying over Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: single adult Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)

2nd October 2017

  • Pink-footed Goose: 45 birds heading south-east over Culkein Drumbeg in very strong w/n-w wind (DAH). This was followed by two reports of birds flying over late evening when it was dark (Jim and Corinne France/Ian Evans).
  • Sanderling: Single at Stoer beach (Roz Summers)