August 2020 Sightings

31st August 2020

  • Black-throated Diver: four birds (3 adults and one juvenile being fed by one adult), Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: eight birds, adults and juveniles, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Curlew: eight birds feeding, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • White-tailed Eagle: single adult bird Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Wigeon: three birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)

30th August 2020

  • Risso’s Dolphin: three animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse for over 4 hours (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: numerous mid-sized pods of 9-20 off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Twite: 20+ birds around Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Sparrowhawk: single juvenile bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)

27th August 2020

  • Minke Whale: single animal off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Karolina Przygrodzka and Murray Anderson)
  • Minke Whale: two animals approx. 400m out from Split Rock, Clachtoll feeding as moving north (Isobel Mason - Powers)

26th August 2020

  • Minke Whale: Between 3 and 5 animals seen feeding with pod of 20+ common dolphins and lots of gannets just out from Clachtoll Broch (AS, Andrew Powers, et al.)
  • Humpback Whale: single animal feeding off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Stephen McGloin, Aileen McConnell and Sheila and Graham Blount). Photos Gallery - Whales & Dolphins
  • Adder: single animal, Little Assynt Tree Nursery (Nick Clooney)
  • Potter-wasp (Ancistrocerus scoticus): this single wasp was recorded nest building inside an old sea-shell in a Culkein Drumbeg garden (DAH). Photo Gallery - Other Insects 
  • Common Dolphin: 12+ animals Achmelvich Bay (Isobel Mason - Powers)
  • Otter: two animals feeding separately on north and south side of Split Rock, Clachtoll (Isobel Mason - Powers)
  • Black-throated Diver: eight birds Achmelvich Bay (Andrew Powers)
  • Dung beetle (Aphodius depressus): single beetle found dead on compost bin lid, Solus, Torbreck (G. Richards). There is only one other record for Assynt/West Sutherland, July 1914, Loch Assynt, (NC22)

25th August 2020

  • Dipper: single bird feeding on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Sand Martin: single bird feeding over River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Adder: single animal dead on road near Old Schoolhouse, Strathan (Malcolm Bangor-Jones)
  • Sparrowhawk: single female bird hunting south of Clachtoll (Andrew Powers)

24th August 2020

  • Merlin: single female bird over Split Rock headland, Clachtoll (Andrew Powers)
  • Stoat: single animal hunting near Split Rock headland, Clachtoll (Andrew Powers)

23rd August 2020

  • Sanderling: single juvenile bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Dunlin: seven juvenile birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Moorhen: two adult birds, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Teal: 10 birds, adults and juveniles, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Mink: Single seen crossing the road near Little Assynt (Bill Smith)

21st August 2020

  • Knot: two juvenile birds, Bay of Stoer (Andrew Degnan). Photo Gallery - Birds

20th August 2020

  • Adder: single animal near Inverkirkaig house (Malcolm Bangor-Jones)
  • Goldfinch: 85 plus birds feeding on knapweed seedheads at Clachtoll (AS)

19th August 2020

  • Common Dolphin: Pod of around twelve in Clachtoll bay (AS)

18th August 2020

  • Speckled Wood Butterfly: Five butterflies displaying in the beams of sun in Kylesku Woods near the hotel (AS)

16th August 2020

  • Weasel: single animal in/on garden wall, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: four birds on the summit of Glas Bheinn (Adrian Stabler)

11th August 2020

  • Scotch Argus butterfly: 2 near Stoer Head Lighthouse (Adrian and Amy Stabler)
  • Minke Whale: 4+ off Stoer Head Lighthouse (Adrian and Amy Stabler)
  • Common Gull: 58 adults and 25 juvenile near Stoer cemetery (AS)
  • Harbour Porpoise: Single animal Clashnessie bay (AS)

10th August 2020

  • Hen Harrier: Male bird east end of reeds at Loch na Claise (AS)
  • Swallow: 27 birds feeding over reedbed at Loch na Claise (AS)
  • Common Dolphin: 100+ very active animals off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Greenshank: single bird low over Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: single bird over Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)

9th August 2020

  • Minke Whale: single animal way out from Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: 10+ animals off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: five adult birds Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Curlew: 13 birds flying over Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Razorbill: two adult males each with a juvenile bird off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Speckled Wood butterfly: two on River Kirkaig path, directly below Achins bookshop (Adrian & Amy Stabler)

7th August 2020

  • Red Kite: single bird over Field Centre, Inchnadamph (Chris Rix). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Scotch Argus Butterfly: Single in garden at Baddidaroch Road, Lochinver (AS)
  • Dark Giant Horsefly (Tabanus sudeticus): single female near Loch Dubh, Ardroe (Richard Evans). Photo Gallery - Other Insects

6th August 2020

  • Hen Harrier: Single ringtail (adult female or juvenile bird of either sex) at Loch na Claise, Clashmore (Andrew MacKenzie)
  • Common Shrew: single found dead at Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Common Dolphin: 50+ very active animals long way out from Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Fulmar: five well grown downy chicks on cliffs around Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Shag: 200+ birds on rocks below Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

5th August 2020

  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: two adult birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Curlew: three birds, Loch Kirkaig (DAH)
  • Goosander: single immature bird on River Kirkaig (DAH)

4th August 2020

  • Rose-coloured Starling: single male bird on garden feeders, Culkein Stoer (Collin Ainslie). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Oystercatcher: 70+ birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

3rd August 2020

  • Jackdaw: 50+ birds (adults and juveniles) Elphin (DAH)

1st August 2020

  • Buzzard: four birds near Achmelvich bridge (DAH)
  • Peregrine: Single over Clashmore (Andrew MacKenzie)
  • Starling: 200 around crofts at Clachtoll (AS)