April 2020 Sightings

30th April 2020

  • Meadow Pipit: c45 feeding on short grass of Clachtoll camp site (AS)
  • Sand Martin: single bird investigating nest holes in sand bank, Clachtoll (AS)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: 10 birds (2 pair, 4 males, 2 females) Clashnessie Bay (DAH). The unpaired males were displaying to the unpaired females. Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Lapwing: c10 birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • White Wagtail: at least two male birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: three summer plumage birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: nine birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: c35 birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: three birds, including one 1st-winter, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

29th April 2020

  • Cuckoo: Adult calling at Stoer (AS)
  • Wheatear: single bird, Cathair Dhubh (Cheryl Smith)
  • Whimbrel: 16 at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Swallow: two birds nest building in barn, Torbreck (Cheryl Smith)

28th April 2020

  • Pine Marten: On Clachtoll beach (Paul Devall)
  • Grasshopper Warbler: single bird seen and heard 'reeling', Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: two birds, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

27th April 2020

  • Green Tiger Beetle: single Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Slow-worm: single on Achmelvich croft (Mandy Haggith)
  • Oil Beetle (Meloe violaceus): single male beetle on Achmelvich croft (Mandy Haggith)
  • Swallow: three over Loch Inver (Jane Young)
  • Green-veined White butterfly: single, A'Chloist, Culkein Drumbeg (Ian Evans) and two in Stoer garden (Claire Belshaw)

26th April 2020

  • Pink-footed Goose: 65 heading north-west over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: 2 birds on foreshore of Loch Sgeireach, Stoer (AS)
  • Arctic Tern: 2 birds returned from Africa at Clachtoll beach (AS)

25th April 2020

  • Blackcap: single bird singing, Nedd garden (Ian Evans)
  • Chiffchaff: Singing male in Culag wood, above garage (AS)

24th April 2020

  • Blackcap: at least two birds singing, Glencanisp road Lochinver (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: bird seen and heard drumming, Glencanisp road Lochinver (DAH)

23rd April 2020

  • House Martin: two birds, Drumbeg (Wendy Glover)
  • Common Sandpiper: four birds, Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: four around creel boat, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Common Sandpiper: two birds, Duart Drumbeg (Gwen Richards)

22nd April 2020

  • Red Admiral butterfly: two, Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvie)
  • Chiffchaff: single bird singing, Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Bullfinch: five birds (3 male, 2 female) feeding on sallow buds, Nedd garden (Ian Evans)
  • Merlin: Pair at Clachtoll, possibly displaying (AS)
  • Great Northern Diver: Single at sea near Clachtoll Broch (AS)
  • Swallow: Single flying over Clachtoll (AS)

21st April 2020

  • Common Lizard: single, Loch a'Choireachain, Brackloch (Ian Evans)
  • Common Lizard: two Loch Uidh nan Coirp, Brackloch (Gwen Richards)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: single Brackloch, Loch Uidh nan Corp (Ian Evans)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: adult male on garden peanut feeder, Lochinver (David McGrath). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Peacock butterfly: single in Stoer garden (Claire Belshaw)
  • Snipe: Two drumming males at Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Blackcap: Singing male behind harbour in Culag woods (AS)

20th April 2020

  • Lapwing: Three pairs at Clachtoll incubating. Note this is fewer than previous years (AS)
  • Small Tortoishell Butterfly: Two in garden for last five days feeding on nectar from dandelions and grape hyacinths (AS)
  • Golden Plover: 25 birds on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)

19th April 2020

  • Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflies, Common Carder Bee: singles of each in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)
  • Blackcap: single male briefly on peanut feeder, Nedd garden (Ian Evans)
  • Green Tiger Beetle: six recorded around Ardroe (Claire Belshaw)
  • Whimbrel: Single adult on Stoer green (AS)

18th April 2020

  • Toad spawn: many strings in small but deep peaty pool near 'loops', Gleann Leireag (Ian Evans)
  • Tufted Duck: Male on Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (AS)

17th April 2020

  • Peacock butterfly: two on open wooded hillside above Manse Loch, Achmelvich (Gwen Richards/Ian Evans)
  • Cuckoo: single birds heard calling, Strathan (Clarinda Chant) and near Oldany (DAH). Previous year's 1st-dates - 2019, 9th April; 2018, 18th April and 2017 25th April.

16th April 2020

  • Swallow: single bird over Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Merlin: single male, near Achnacarnin (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 17 birds flying, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: two birds feeding with 18 Pink-footed Geese, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Mixed waders: Turnstone 5, Ringed Plover 11, Sanderling 1, Dunlin 1, Redshank 1, all Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: single skein of c200 birds over Culkein Drumbeg early morning (DAH)
  • Redwing: 24 birds at Clachtoll, presumably heading north (AS)
  • Common Carder Bumblebee: First of the year for this bee species feeding on comfrey in garden (AS)
  • Water Vole: single animal seen near Ardvreck Castle (Cheryl Smith)

15th April 2020

  • Meadow Pipit: 12 birds feeding together, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: three male birds, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Geese: 55 birds on crofts at Clachtoll with 15 Greylags (AS)

14th April 2020

  • Redwing: 20 birds in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)

13th April 2020

  • Swallow: single bird feeding over Loch Drumbeg (Corinne France). Our first Assynt Swallow of 2020!
  • Common Sandpiper: single bird, Loch Drumbeg (Corinne France)
  • Black-throated Diver: single bird, Loch Drumbeg (Corinne France)

12th April 2020

  • Redwing: 30+ Schoolhouse garden, Inchnadamph (Helen Morrison)
  • Black-throated Diver: two birds, east end of Loch Assynt (Helen Morrison)

10th April 2020

  • Pink-footed Goose: 6+ skeins reported with a total of over 800 birds from Stoer (Bill and Val Badger) to Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Great Skua: single bird Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Shelduck: two birds Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Willow Warbler: single birds singing in Nedd garden (Ian M. Evans) and near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Redwing: 10+ in trees around Nedd (Ian M. Evans)
  • Redwing: 12 birds, part of a bigger flock on their spring raid of an Elphin garden (Rosie Christmas)

9th April 2020

  • Common Shrew: single animal feeding on road verge, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). This animal was clearly showing its spring moult. Photo Gallery - Land Mammals
  • Reed Bunting: two male birds in reeds, Loch na Claise (Claire Belshaw)
  • Teal: three pairs, Loch na Claise (Claire Belshaw)
  • White Wagtail: two birds feeding voraciously, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Black-headed Gull: three adult birds and one 1st-winter, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Greenshank: two birds, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Mining Bee (Andrena sp.): several in Ardroe garden (Richard Evans) Most likely Andrena clarkella or A. ruficrus

8th April 2020

  • Red-throated Diver: two birds in summer plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

7th April 2020

  • Slow-worm: three individuals, walled garden Glencanisp Lodge (Claire Belshaw)
  • Greenshank: single bird heard calling, Loch Nedd (Ian M. Evans)
  • Wheatear: three birds on croft land near Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)

6th April 2020

  • Stoat: single animal in Stoer garden (Claire Belshaw)
  • Goldeneye: eight birds (3 male, 5 female) Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)

5th April 2020

  • Pink-footed Goose: c70 birds heading north over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

4th April 2020

  • Redwing: four birds at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: two pairs, Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)
  • Shelduck: three birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Divers: three Great Northern and a single Red-throated Diver Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

3rd April 2020

  • Curlew: 12 birds Clachtoll (AS)
  • Greenshank: two birds, Lochan an Tairbh, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

2nd April 2020

  • Carrion Crow: single bird, Culkein Stoer (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: single adult bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH). Another of our summer visitors has arrived. Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Eider: 12 birds, including two 1st-winter males, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: eight birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Guillemot: single bird in estuary of the Leireag River, Nedd (Ian M. Evans)

1st April 2020

  • Greenshank: four birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Shelduck: pair of birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Teal: seven birds (four male, three female), Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Curlew: five birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)