Sounds of Nature – Swallows at Culkein Stoer

October 21st 2019

Welcome to our fourth Sounds of Nature post which we do hope you are enjoying as much as we are.

Our grateful thanks again to Assynt visitor Clive Davies from Stafford who recorded these breeding Swallows, Hirundo rustica, in the ice-houses at Culkein Stoer during summer 2019. The sound of the waves in the background is an essential part of this superb recording.

The ice-houses were used by the salmon netters to help preserve their catch and the ice came from the local fresh-water lochs; in the days when it was cold enough for the lochs to freeze with consistent regularity!

The Swallows have left now and will be on their journey to South Africa where they spend our winter but, of course, they get a second summer there. It’s not until December that they arrive at their ‘wintering’ areas.

David Haines

 

More “Sounds of Nature” posts

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Dunlin at Bay of Culkein

Hydrophones under Bay of Culkein

House Sparrows at Culkein Drumbeg

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Recent Sightings

Gannet

Eight birds fishing, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (10/08)

Corncrake

Single bird heard, Culkein Stoer (Nick Simpson).   (09/08)

Merlin

Single male flying alongside road, Inchnadamph (Paul MGowan) (09/08)

Common Toad

Single amphibian in grass near Oldany (DAH) (07/08)

Palmate Newt

Single amphibian in grass near Oldany (DAH) (07/08)

Butterflies

Scotch Argus (7), Speckled Wood (2), Dark Green Fritillary (1), Meadow Brown (1), all along stretch of B869 from mouth of Oldany River to Culkein Drumbeg junction (DAH) (07/08)

Gannet

Two birds, one immature, fishing from Bay of Clachtoll to Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson) (07/08)

Field Gentian (Gentianella campestris)

15+ plants coming into flower, Stoer green (Charlie Leeson) (07/08)

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