November 2020 Sightings

28th November 2020

  • Long-tailed Duck: single female bird still in Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Tit: c8 birds in trees near Glenleraig and 10+ near Oldany (DAH)

26th November 2020

  • Woodcock: single bird lifted from roadside ditch near Oldany Farm (DAH)

25th November 2020

  • Fieldfare: five birds feeding along road verge above Loch Ardvar (DAH)
  • Jackdaw: 34 birds on Elphin croft (DAH)

23rd November 2020

  • Barn Owl: single bird heard giving territorial call just outside Torbreck garden at around 9.30pm (Gwen Richards)
  • Blackbird: eight birds in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards)

22nd November 2020

  • Redwing: single bird near Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: five adult birds over Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: single female bird, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: two birds, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

20th November 2020

  • Grey Seal: Young recently weaned pup at Achmelvich beach (AS)

19th November 2020

  • Twite: First small flock (4)of autumn birds arrive at Clachtoll (AS)

18th November 2020

  • Peregrine: Male bird sheltering from the wind at Beinn Poll an Tobair near Clachtoll (David MacPhail)

17th November 2020

  • Curlew: 21 at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Ringed Plover: 2 at Stoer beach (AS)

16th November 2020

  • Sparrowhawk: single bird in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester)
  • Teal: 16 birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Wigeon: single bird, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Curlew: four birds, Oldany estuary (DAH)
  • Shelduck: six birds over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 22 birds Bay of Culkein (DAH)

15th November 2020

  • Amphibians: single Common Frog and Palmate Newt on road opposite Culkein Drumbeg peat track (DAH). Both encouraged to the  verge!
  • Mistle Thrush: two birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: three birds, Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: single male, Bay of Culkein (Corrine and Jim France)

14th November 2020

  • Teal: 10 birds Loch Nedd (DAH)
  • Treecreeper: two birds feeding in mixed woodland above Reintraid (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Goldeneye: single female Allt an Tiaghaich, west of Little Assynt Tree Nursery, and four birds (2 pair) on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Dipper: four birds on Lochan an lasgaich, opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Blackbird: six birds feeding on Culag Park, Lochinver (DAH)
  • Greylag Goose: 7 in wetland area at Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Mallard: 13 birds on the wetland at Clachtoll crofts (AS)

13th November 2020

  • Goldeneye: single male, Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (Ian Evans)

12th November 2020

  • Black-throated Diver: single winter plumage bird in Achmelvich Bay (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Blackbird: five birds feeding in paddock near Achmelvich Bridge (DAH). These birds were all 1st-winter males and will have migrated recently from Scandinavia for the winter.
  • Goldeneye: two birds (pair) Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich road (DAH)
  • Teal: eight birds, Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich road (DAH)
  • Hybrid of jointed and sharp-flowered rushes (Juncus x surrejanus): Small patch in sheltered bay of this hybrid between jointed and sharp-flowered rushes, Loch Assynt, Bad nan Carbad (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards). A new location for this hybrid and the first this century.

11th November 2020

  • Grey seal: Exhausted, recently weaned seal pup on beach at Culkein Stoer. Despite being taken to SSPCA in Inverness, unfortunately it had to be euthanised due to injuries to its eye.(AS)
  • Hooded Crow: 11 birds around deer herd Achmore farm, Inchnadamph (AS)
  • Fieldfare: 25 at Achmore farm, Inchnadamph (AS)

10th November 2020

  • Otter: single animal foraging and feeding around Stac Fada, Bay of Stoer (DAH)

9th November 2020

  • Risso’s Dolphin: three animals off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Common Dolphin: several pods of various sizes visible from Stoer Head Lighthouse, probable total 60+ animals (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: single male bird and a female, Loch na Claise (DAH)

7th November 2020

  • Pipistrelle bat: single bat feeding off the rocks, Bay of Stoer at around dusk (Mhairi Leeson), also single near Clashnessie at 4.30pm and two near Oldany at 4.40pm (DAH)
  • Curlew: three  birds, Loch an Aigeil (Mhairi Leeson)
  • Common Dolphin: 10 animals off Bay of Clachtoll and 20+ off Stoerhead Lighthouse (Mhairi Leeson & Sam Stibbs)

6th November 2020

  • Goldcrest: two birds Ardvar garden (Beccy Garvey)
  • Pipistrelle bat: two bats (very probably Common Pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pipistrellus) feeding over Woodside carpark at Culag Woods (DAH). These bats were feeding at about 3.30pm in daylight, and on what had been a warm sunny day. Photo Gallery - Land Mammals
  • Woodpigeon: 17 birds over Culag Woods (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: single bird heard calling, Culag Woods (DAH)

5th November 2020

  • Woodpigeon: six birds between Nedd and Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: 27 birds, and a single Greenfinch, on overhead wires, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Curlew: 13 on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Redwing: 3 at Clachtoll (AS)

3rd November 2020

  • Grey Heron: five birds over Loch Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Curlew: five birds feeding on Balchladich croft (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: single female, Loch na Claise (DAH). Another 'winter' bird arrives.
  • Little Grebe: four birds, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: single male bird, Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Rook: single adult bird feeding around Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Quite a rare record for Assynt.
  • Grey Wagtail: single bird feeding around small waterfall at Clashnessie parking area (DAH)

2nd November 2020

  • Purple Sandpiper: two juvenile birds Bay of Culkein (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Barnacle Goose: 19+ birds on Eilean Chrona (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: four birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: 12 birds Clashnessie Bay and 20 birds over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Whooper Swan: four birds (2 adults, 2 juveniles) Bay of Culkein (Kath Ainslie, Jane Mallalieu, et al.). Photo Gallery - Birds

1st November 2020

  • Redwing: two birds in Culkein Drumbeg garden (Mairi Macrae)