July 2018 Sightings

27th July 2018

  • House Martin: 35+ birds (adults and juveniles) on overhead wires Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds

26th July 2018

  • Osprey: single bird flying east between Elphin and Ledmore junction (Dave McBain)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three adults and a calf less than 200 metres off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). These animals were feeding/foraging for nearly an hour.
  • Common Dolphin: c10 off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Scoter: 15 flying north off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Shag: 150+ on rocks below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

25th July 2018

  • Slow-worm: single animal in Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Black-throated Diver: six birds Clashnessie Bay (Sarah Livingstone)

24th July 2018

  • Common Bobtail cuttlefish (Sepietta oweniana): first adult record of this cephalopod in Assynt, Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Photo Gallery - Marine
  • Otter: single animal Achmelvich Bay (Sarah Livingstone)

23rd July 2018

  • Sea Hare (Aplysia punctata): single example of this marine mollusc in Achmelvich Bay (Kevin A. Morris). Photo Gallery - Marine

22nd July 2018

  • Dunlin: five birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: single bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)

20th July 2018

  • Common Dolphin: seven animals off Bay of Stoer (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Black-headed Gull: three adults and one juvenile bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH)

19th July 2018

  • Oystercatcher: c35 Bay of Culkein (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Black-headed Gull: four adult birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

18th July 2018

  • Common Dolphin: small pod of around six animals off Clachtoll (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)
  • Cormorant: single adult bird catching and consuming an eel, Lochan Sgeireach (DAH)
  • Oystercatcher: 23 birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

17th July 2018

  • Snipe: two birds calling near Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

15th July 2018

  • Osprey: single bird flying over Ardvreck Castle (Will Allan)
  • Cuckoo: well grown juvenile bird on power line near Clashmore (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single male Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Sedge Warbler: single bird singing Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: adults and juveniles on Loch na Claise and Lochan Sgeireach (DAH)

14th July 2018

  • Speckled Wood butterfly: 20 along less than 200 metres of the Oldany Dornie (DAH)
  • Stonechat: two adult and two juvenile birds Oldany Dornie (DAH)
  • Curlew: 13 birds Oldany estuary (DAH)

13th July 2018

  • Spotted Flycatcher: adult and juvenile, Little Assynt (John Cousins)

12th July 2018

  • Redshank: single bird in smaller bay Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: single adult female and 10 small chicks; single adult female and three well grown juveniles, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Divers: five Great Northern and a single Red-throated, Bay of Stoer; four Black-throated Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals off Bay of Stoer (DAH)

11th July 2018

  • Sand Martin: three birds flying around Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Curlew: two birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

10th July 2018

  • Red-throated Diver: single bird Loch Kirkaig (John Cousins)

9th July 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: single animal off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: 10 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH). The start of the autumn passage migration!
  • Ringed Plover: eight birds (3 adult, 5 juvenile) Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

8th July 2018

  • Common Sandpiper: single bird using water dish in Badnaban garden (Dave Bird). Photo Gallery - Birds

7th July 2018

  • Grayling butterfly: three+ near Stoer Lighthouse and two near Culkein Drumbeg jetty (DAH)
  • Harbour Porpoise: regular sightings of single animals off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Whimbrel: single bird calling as it flew past Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Arctic Skua: single pale form bird harassing Kittiwakes off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

6th July 2018

  • Common Scoter: c30 on the sea between Bay of Culkein and Eilean Chrona (Ian Evans)

5th July 2018

  • Little Grebe: single adult bird and two juveniles on small loch near 81 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

4th July 2018

  • Orca: two animals, possibly mother and calf, seen near horizon from Stoer Lighthouse (Will Maclennan)
  • Bottlenose Dolphin: four animals off Bays of Stoer and Clachtoll (DAH, et al.). These were adult dolphins and, for a few minutes, they were bow-riding one of the local fishing boats.
  • Lapwing: two adult birds chasing a passing wader near Clachtoll (DAH)

3rd July 2018

  • Common Dolphin: six animals off Stoer Lighthouse (Will Maclennan)
  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals off Stoer Lighthouse (Will Maclennan)
  • Common Scoter: 55+ flying north off Stoer Lighthouse (DAH)

2nd July 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: three animals off Stoer Lighthouse (Will Maclennan)
  • Harbour Porpoise: three animals off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Black-throated and Red-throated Divers: three birds of each species, Bay of Stoer (DAH)

1st July 2018

  • Harbour Porpoise: two animals Bay of Culkein (Will Maclennan)
  • Cuckoo: single bird calling, Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: three birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)