January 2020 Sightings

31st January 2020

  • Blackcap: single male bird on garden peanut feeder, Ardvar (Margaret Payne/Ian Evans)
  • Sparrowhawk: single immature bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)

29th January 2020

  • Goosander: single male bird on lower part of River Loanan (Ian Evans)

28th January 2020

  • White-tailed Eagle: immature bird being harassed by Raven, above chalets Culkein Stoer (DAH). Photo - Gallery Birds
  • Ringed Plover: 21 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: three birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 14 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: two male birds in garden at Drumbeg Stores (Wendy Glover)
  • Cormorant: First winter bird with white breast on Loch Assynt near Calda House (AS)
  • Whooper Swan: 2 adults and first winter bird at Loch Awe (AS)
  • Goldeneye: 3 Females, Loch Awe (AS)
  • Dipper: Bird singing near Elphin at waterfall near old salmon hatchery Loch Veyatie (AS)

26th January 2020

  • Redwing: eight birds on croftland Clachtoll (AS)

25th January 2020

  • Golden Eagle: single seen from roadside at Recharn (AS)
  • Greylag Goose: 16 birds feeding on wet grassland Clachtoll (AS)

24th January 2020

  • White-tailed Eagle: two birds flying in opposite directions over Bay of Stoer (one immature and one adult) (DAH)
  • Curlew: 15 birds flying between Stoer and Clachtoll (AS)
  • Otter: Dead on the road near Loch an Arbhair, north of Inverkirkaig (Richard Pease) 

21st January 2020

  • Bullfinch: one pair feeding on old road opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery and two pairs in trees, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dipper: three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: two birds, Loch an Ordain, Alltanabradhan (DAH)

20th January 2020

  • Goldfinch: c50 feeding in crofts around Elphin Tearooms (Helen OKeefe)

18th January 2020

  • Stonechat: single male bird (back?) on a territory at Culkein Drumbeg which was occupied by a pair during 2019 (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: two birds flying over Clachtoll, spooking a flock of ten Greylag Geese (AS)
  • Pied Wagtail: single bird at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Curlew: 26 birds at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Bullfinch: a pair in roadside woodland, Allt na Claise, Ardvar (Ian M. Evans)

17th January 2020

  • Treecreeper: two birds foraging on trees next to each other, Culag Woods (DAH)

14th January 2020

  • Great Northern Diver: single bird in Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)
  • Jackdaw: c30 birds, Elphin (DAH)

13th January 2020

  • White-tailed Eagle: single bird over Badnaban (Dave Bird)

12th January 2020

  • Magpie: two birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Redshank: two birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Gull: 42 birds of various ages, Culkein Stoer (DAH)

11th January 2020

  • Curlew: 26 at Clachtoll (AS)

10th January 2020

  • Whooper Swan: five birds (4 adults, 1 juvenile) on lochan near Rubha na Suileig (Jane Adrian)
  • Teal: five birds (2 male, 3 female) Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Wigeon: single female, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Curlew: 16 birds Stoer Green (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single female chasing Redwing without success, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Redwing: c6 birds, Clachtoll (DAH)

9th January 2020

  • Twite: 34 caught and ringed by Tony Mainwood, Highland Ringing Group at Clachtoll
  • Goldeneye: single male on nameless loch, 81 Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

4th January 2020

  • Barn Owl: single bird near Little Assynt at 8.05am (Adrian and Amy Stabler)

3rd January 2020

  • Brambling: single bird on feeders, Glencanisp Lodge (Stuart Belshaw)
  • Iceland Gull: two 1st-winter birds Loch Inver (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds

2nd January 2020

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird (female) in Torbreck garden (Paul Burnett)
  • Magpie: single bird, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 12 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Oystercatcher: 15 birds Culkein Stoer (DAH). This group included one bird with colour rings on each leg that we recorded in the same location throughout the winter of 2018-19. He breeds in Eskifjorour, Iceland, where he was seen last year on 18-5-2019, and seems to spend his winter with us in Assynt.
  • Great Northern Diver: single bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Gannet: single adult bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

1st January 2020

  • Ptarmigan: single bird in winter plumage, north side of Glas Bheinn (Bronia Adrian)
  • Mountain Hare: single animal in winter pelage on ridge of Glas Bheinn (Bronia Adrian)