Typical garden birds in Assynt!

March 5th 2018

Ask folk for a list of their garden birds in Assynt and it will, more often then not, contain a few surprises. This can be in part due to the term ‘garden’ being loosely applied, the open ground that surrounds most of them and of course not all Assynt gardens consist of formal borders, cross-cut lawns and paved driveways!

Add to the above some cold and snowy winter weather as experienced during early March 2018 and you never know what might turn up.

Some examples which were sent in to the Field Club between the 1st and 5th March included a single Fieldfare feeding at Badnaban (Dave Bird); two Skylarks which took up residence in a Torbreck garden for three days (Gwen Richards); two Snipe that spent a couple of days aerating the lawn in a Clashmore garden (Martin Hall) and a single Woodcock that made an appearance in another garden at Badnaban (Les and Liz Pearce).

It is always worth having a look around your garden, whether town or country, after a fall of snow as you might see signs of what has visited you even if you didn’t see them, that includes birds and often mammals.

David Haines

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Recent Sightings

Red Admiral

Three butterflies on car, Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (17/10)

Common Dolphin

50+ animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (17/10)

Common Darter

Single dragonfly, Culag Woods (DAH) (17/10)

Tree Creeper

Two birds in tree, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/10)

Fieldfare

Three birds, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford) (17/10)

Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), 53 fruiting bodies of this fungus in four adjacent, but distinct clumps Achmelvich road (DAH). Although carrying the name 'common' this puffball is not very common in Assynt. Photo Gallery - Fungi (15/10)

Goosander

Single male in eclipse plumage briefly on Lochan an Iasgaich, opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds (15/10)

Dipper

Two birds on Lochan an Iasgaich opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (15/10)

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