September 2018 Sightings

30th September 2018

  • Whooper Swan: four birds on Gorm Loch Mor, NC1429 (Beccy Garvey)
  • Red-throated Diver: single 1st-winter bird Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 16 birds (15 adult, 1 1st-winter) over Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: five birds, adults and juveniles, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Knot: single juvenile bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 15 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

29th September 2018

  • Teal: three birds on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (Ian Evans)

28th September 2018

  • Curlew: six birds on croft land Clachtoll (Tam and Cilla Barnshaw)

27th September 2018

  • Red-backed Shrike: single 1st-winter bird Unapool (Kevin Starling). This is only the second record of this species in Assynt. Photos Gallery - Birds
  • Whooper Swan: single adult bird on Loch Culag (DAH)

26th September 2018

  • Little Egret: two birds on Loch Culag (Les and Liz Pearce). At last we can add Little Egret to the Assynt bird list. Photos Gallery - Birds

24th September 2018

  • Kittiwake: c100 adult and 1st-winter birds feeding off Clachtoll (DAH)

22nd September 2018

  • Tufted Duck: two male birds on Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

21st September 2018

  • Merlin: single bird near Stoer Village Hall (DAH)

20th September 2018

  • UPDATE on colour-ringed Oystercatcher: we have heard back from the Icelandic Wader Group regarding the colour-ringed Oystercatcher spotted at Bay of Culkein on Tuesday. It was ringed, as an adult, near its nest while it was territory-guarding on 19th May this year; the location was Eskifjorour which is on the east coast of Iceland. We will post a short article on the Field Club's website in the next few days regarding other sightings of colour-ringed birds recorded in Assynt (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: c225, in four skeins, heading east over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). Oh boy, it's autumn!
  • Wigeon: single male in eclipse plumage Loch Inver (DAH)

18th September 2018

  • Manx Shearwater: young bird rescued from a garden at Inchnadamph (Chris Rix/Andy Summers). The bird, which was well off-course, was successfully released at Stoer the next day.
  • Oystercatcher: four birds resting on rocks Bay of Culkein (DAH). One of these birds, an adult, had a combination of coloured rings on its legs. The details have been submitted to the appropriate ringing scheme, which appears to be the International Wader Study Group, and we will report back once we hear from them.
  • Turnstone: five birds feeding Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Kestrel: female hunting over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: c35 feeding on Juncus sp. Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Twite: flock of 50+ feeding around Culkein Stoer (DAH)

16th September 2018

  • White-tailed Eagle: single juvenile bird near Loch Poll (DAH)

14th September 2018

  • Swallow: 15 (adults and juveniles) on electricity wires, Nedd (Ian Evans)

10th September 2018

  • Sparrowhawk: single female bird swooping around bird feeders, Baddidarach garden (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell)

8th September 2018

  • Cetaceans: numerous sightings off Stoer Lighthouse: c7 single Harbour Porpoise and a calf; three pods of Common Dolphin totalling c40 animals; Risso's Dolphin (six adults and two calves) and a single Minke Whale (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single immature bird flew over Culkein Stoer and headed east, out over the water (DAH)
  • Coot: single adult bird, Loch na Claise (DAH). This is a rare sighting for Assynt and is only the fourth known record, the last being in 2006, also on Loch na Claise.
  • Wigeon: single adult male in eclipse plumage, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Teal: four birds on Loch na Claise (DAH)

7th September 2018

  • Black Guillemot: single 1st-winter bird off Culkein Drumbeg jetty (DAH)
  • Curlew: eight birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)

6th September 2018

  • Common Dolphin: c80 in several pods off Stoer/Clachtoll (Bill and Val Badger)
  • Goldcrest: two birds in Baddidarach garden (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: single flying near All Abilities Path, Little Assynt (Ennis Jones/ Richard Chappell)
  • Dipper: single bird on River Inver, opposite Little Assynt tree nursery (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell)

4th September 2018

  • Adder: single on Loop Path, Little Assynt (Michael and Valerie Pink)
  • Common Dolphin: 20+ animals in two pods, off Clachtoll (Paul Burnett)

3rd September 2018

  • Bullfinch: two juveniles using garden bird feeder, Baddidarach (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell)

2nd September 2018

  • Butterflies: Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell in Baddidarach garden (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell) 
  • Red Admiral butterfly: single flying, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Peregrine Falcon: single adult bird flying over Raffin bothies (DAH)

1st September 2018

  • Dipper: single bird near Ardvreck Castle (Ennis Jones/Richard Chappell)
  • Harbour Porpoise: between three and five animals Achmelvich Bay (Paul Burnett)
  • Minke Whale: single animal moving across mouth of Achmelvich Bay several times (Paul Burnett)