May 2018 Sightings

31st May 2018

  • Orange-tip Butterfly: single male along roadside to Achmelvich (AS)

28th May 2018

  • Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly: three along path to Falls of Kirkaig (Gwen Richards)
  • Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris): four on path to Falls of Kirkaig (Gwen Richards)
  • Blackcap: male singing in Nedd garden (Ian Evans)

27th May 2018

  • Orange tip butterfly: single male Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Pine Marten: single animal hunting along dry stone wall, Culkein Drumbeg (Mairi MacRae)

26th May 2018

  • Adder: large female (possibly) basking on track to Suileag Bothy (Gwen Richards)

25th May 2018

  • Osprey: single bird over Little Assynt (Mike Day)
  • House Martin: two birds nest building on Drumbeg Hotel (DAH)
  • Greylag Goose: eight adult birds with 15 goslings Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • WALRUS – NOT AN ASSYNT SIGHTING BUT –: UPDATE The Walrus was spotted yesterday, the 24th, in Wick harbour. --------------------------------------------- You may have seen in the news that the Walrus which was first reported from Orkney on 9th March was spotted on 16th May, near Kinlochbervie. If it should turn up in Assynt it would be very much appreciated if you could quickly let us know on We can then let those that are monitoring its condition know. We would also ask that you do not do anything which will disturb the animal and please keep dogs on a lead and well away from it, thank you.

24th May 2018

  • Slow-worm: single seen in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvie)
  • Harbour Porpoise: six off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: two male birds, one in summer plumage, Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Common Tern: three birds feeding Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Small Tortoiseshell butterfly: single on nettles Culkein Drumbeg and two flying near Stoer (DAH)

23rd May 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: numerous sightings off Stoer Lighthouse including one pod of five animals feeding (DAH)
  • Red Admiral butterfly: single flying Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

22nd May 2018

  • Corncrake: single male still calling from the Unapool croft road area (DAH). A recording of this bird calling can be found on our Facebook page.
  • House Martin: single bird flying around Unapool (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: two birds on Loch Glencoul near Unapool (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two birds on Loch Unapool (DAH)

21st May 2018

  • Corncrake: bird heard calling over several nights, Unapool Croft Road (Ian and Pam Forbes)

20th May 2018

  • Bullfinch: a pair feeding on peanut feeder in Badnaban garden (Les and Liz Pearce). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Great Skua: 30 birds on/following a local creel boat off Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

19th May 2018

  • House Martin: six birds around Lochinver Mission building (Roz and Andy Summers)
  • Swift: single bird over Culag Park (Roz and Andy Summers)
  • Whinchat: a pair near Oldany farm (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 36 Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two birds in Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Mallard: 12 (8 males, 2 females and 2 ducklings) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: two on Loch Eileanach, Lagg (DAH)

17th May 2018

  • Minke Whale: single adult off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sedge Warbler: two birds in display flight Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: seven Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: pair on nyger feeder in Lochinver garden (Jane Young)

16th May 2018

  • Red-breasted Merganser: pairs in Achmelvich Bay and Lochinver Harbour (Janet French)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird heard singing from trees in Lochinver garden (Jane Young)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult bird Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Slow-worm: single animal basking in the sun near Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Whinchat: male singing from various perches along old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Common Sandpiper: several birds along River Inver adjacent to old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Cuckoo: two birds flying and calling around old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)

15th May 2018

  • Pine Marten: single animal in Badnaban garden (Dave Bird)
  • Red-throated Diver: single bird in Lochinver Bay (Jane Young)
  • Minke Whale: single animal seen from Stoer Lighthouse heading south-east past Soyea Island (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: a pair on Loch Eileanach, Lagg (DAH)

13th May 2018

  • Golden Plover: c10 feeding near Clachtoll Broch (Les and Liz Pearce)
  • Black Grouse: single bird seen near Ledmore junction (AS)
  • Harbour Porpoise: sightings throughout the day again from Stoer Lighthouse (DAH). Photo Gallery - Marine
  • Arctic Skua: two flying past Stoer Lighthouse, one pale and one dark form (DAH)
  • Dunlin: six feeding on rocks below Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: a pair on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

12th May 2018

  • Slow-worm: single animal basking on road from Glencanisp Lodge to Lochinver (Frances and Paul Devall)
  • Lapwing: several at Culkein Stoer (Véronique Le Courtois)
  • Harbour Porpoise: numerous sightings during the day from Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: four flying over grazings between Raffin and Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

11th May 2018

  • Oystercatcher: 25 feeding on Stoer green (DAH)
  • Kestrel: single female near Clachtoll (DAH)

9th May 2018

  • House Martin: two birds prospecting old nest site Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: a pair feeding in rowan tree Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Seal: 64 Oldany estuary/Culkein Drumbeg harbour area along with two Grey Seals (DAH)

8th May 2018

  • Whimbrel: 14 on crofts Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Wheatear: Three, one carrying food, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: Eighteen over Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Common Tern: four on rocks below Clachtoll Broch (DAH)

7th May 2018

  • Black-tailed Godwit: 19 birds feeding near Loch an Aigeil (DAH)

6th May 2018

  • Hawfinch: single bird reported from Drumbeg garden (Alexander Munro). Photo of this rare Assynt visitor on Gallery - Birds.
  • Merlin: female hunting waders Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: c95 flying around Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 26 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Sanderling: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: a few single animals off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: 60+ feeding off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: two feeding near Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

3rd May 2018

  • Blackcap: single male in Baddidarach garden (Ken Fairchild)

2nd May 2018

  • Hoopoe: single bird 'singing' Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: single bird in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Swallow: four birds over Ardvar (Ian Evans and Beccy Garvey)

1st May 2018

  • Stoat: single animal in Clashnessie garden (the Taylor family). Not only was this animal in the garden it was bathing in the 'bird bath'.
  • Ringed Plover: a pair on sand at Clashnessie Bay (DAH). A quick reminder to dog walkers that many ground nesting birds are back on breeding territories so please keep your dog on a lead or under very close control, thank you.
  • Cuckoo: single bird calling, Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)