February 2021 Sightings

28th February 2021

  • Fieldfare: 18 birds on overhead wires, Stoer (DAH)
  • Teal: 11 birds (6 male, 5 female) Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich road (DAH)
  • Skylark: Six birds, Culkein Stoer, one singing over territory (DAH)

27th February 2021

  • Slow Worm: Single animal in Glendarroch garden (Chris and Fran Barley)
  • Goldcrest: Single bird near Post Box, Achmelvich bridge (Jean Cousens)

26th February 2021

  • Lapwing: Six birds back on breeding territories, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: Single male bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Treecreeper: Single bird on Lochinver garden peanut feeder (Ken Fairchild)
  • Sparrowhawk: Single female in Lochinver garden (Michael Scott)
  • Adder: Single animal below south face of Spidean Coinich, Quinag (Romany Garnett)

25th February 2021

  • Palmate Newt: Single amphibian crossing the road near Altanabradhan (AS) - first of the year?
  • Wigeon: Two birds (pair), Oldany estuary (DAH)

24th February 2021

  • Barn Owl: Single bird flew across road, Nedd (Carol Langford)
  • Frog and spawn: Four+ individuals and 4+ clumps of spawn, Culkein Drumbeg (Ian Evans). First dates past five years: 2020 - 29 Feb; 2019 - 16 Feb; 2018 - 13 March; 2017 - 19 Feb; 2016 - 3 March.

23rd February 2021

  • Barn Owl: Single bird flying across road at dusk Clachtoll (AS)
  • Pied Wagtail: Single bird near 'Flossie's', Clachtoll (Marianne Simpson)
  • Stoat: Two animals in ermine, Clashnessie garden (Pat and Mike Pearson)

22nd February 2021

  • Golden Plover: Several birds calling from breeding grounds near Beinn Reidh at 400m height (AS)
  • Tawny Owl: Single bird heard calling at 7.25pm, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)
  • Great Northern Diver: Two winter plumage birds off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Grey Wagtail: Single bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: Two birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Razorbill: Two birds still in winter plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

20th February 2021

  • Goldfinch: A flock of 35 at Clachtoll (AS)

19th February 2021

  • Lapwing: 3 birds back on breeding sites at Clachtoll crofts (AS)
  • Skylark: 12 birds at Balchladdich (AS)
  • Twite: 36 birds at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Mistle Thrush: Two birds on grazing, Oldany Farm (DAH)
  • Skylark: Six birds calling and occasionally landing on grazing land, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: 13 birds on overhead wires, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Greenfinch: Five birds in garden tree, Stoer (DAH)
  • Song Thrush: Single bird singing at 7.00am, Nedd (Ian Evans)

18th February 2021

  • Goldfinch: Two birds feeding in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)

17th February 2021

  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: Single adult bird in with 97 Herring Gulls, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)

15th February 2021

  • Stoat: Single animal in ermine hunting through walls, Balchladich (Anna McTaggart)
  • Greenfinch: Two male birds in Culkein Drumbeg garden (Carol Langford)

12th February 2021

  • Lapwing: Single birds seen at Balchladich (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards) and flying over Stoer Church (DAH)
  • Common Snipe: Single bird flushed from roadside ditch, Raffin (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Redwing: Single bird at roadside, Balchladich (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Primrose: Three plants in flower on sheltered south-facing cliff, north end of Geodh'Gainmhich, south of Stoer Head Lighthouse carpark (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Fieldfare: Single bird in Torbreck garden (Michael Rochester). Reported as first record for location in 16 years.
  • Whooper Swan: Single bird on Loch Assynt in Ardvreck Castle bay (DAH)
  • Snow Bunting: Single bird flew over road to Stoer Head Lighthouse near Raffin (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Golden Plover: Four birds, Balchladich beach (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)

11th February 2021

  • Greylag Goose: 24 at Oldany Farm (AS)
  • Hen Harrier: Single bird hunting near Loch Eileanach, Lagg (AS)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: Two birds in Culkein Drumbeg garden (Carol Langford)
  • Wood Pigeon: A flock of 57 birds flushed by bird at prey from nearby Loch Eileanach, Lagg (AS)
  • Merlin: Male flying fast across road at Gleann Leireag (AS)

10th February 2021

  • Snipe: Single bird flushed from Culkein Drumbeg garden (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: Two birds feeding near Loch an Aigeil (Carol Langford)
  • Large White Butterfly: Hibernating butterfly woke up in house in Lochinver (Eilidh MacLeod)
  • Snipe: Two birds in the dunes at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Cormorant: Single bird sitting on frozen Loch an Aigeil (AS)
  • Otter: Two animals Lochinver (Carol Langford)

9th February 2021

  • Goldeneye: Three birds including one male on River Inver near Battlefield (AS)
  • Cormorant: Three birds drying wings side of Loch na Garbhe Uidhe, near Loch Assynt (AS)
  • Snow Bunting: Single female at Inchnadamph, Glenbain House (AS)
  • Snow Bunting: Three birds at Clachtoll Split Rock (Helen Acreman)

8th February 2021

  • Woodcock: Single bird flushed from below Drumbeg viewpoint (Carol Langford)
  • Lapwing: Four birds on Clashmore crofts and in a garden (Frances MacKenzie). These birds arrived on 7 February, the first records for 2019 and 2020 were 27 and 23 February respectively. They may have been escaping worse weather further south.
  • Fieldfare: Ten birds, and a single Redwing, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: c25 birds, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Snow Bunting: Three birds near Stron view point (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: Single bird in winter plumage at White Shore at the Culag woods, Lochinver (AS)
  • Oystercatcher: Two birds in Lochinver Bay -first of the season (AS)

7th February 2021

  • Little Grebe: Single bird at at Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich bridge (AS)
  • Goldeneye: Three female birds at Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich bridge (AS)
  • Teal: Eight birds at Loch Fasg an t-Seana Chlaidh, Achmelvich bridge (AS)
  • Cormorant: Single immature bird at Achmelvich (AS)
  • Great Northern Diver: Single bird in winter plumage, Achmelvich bay (AS)
  • Golden Plover: Nine birds moving around Stoer area (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Two female birds, Lochan Sgeireach and a pair on 60% frozen Loch an Aigeil (DAH)

6th February 2021

  • Greylag Goose: 15 birds feeding on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)

5th February 2021

  • Snow Bunting: Two birds beside the A837, west of Skiag Bridge (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards)
  • Barrel Jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo): Single specimen (about 3 feet wide) washed up dead on Achemelvich beach (Jorine Van Delft)
  • Golden Plover: Five birds at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Fieldfare: 13 birds at Clachtoll (AS)

3rd February 2021

  • Woodcock: Two birds flew out of woodland north of Loch Nedd (AS)

2nd February 2021

  • Long-tailed Tit: Eight birds on garden feeders, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)
  • Mallard: 22 birds on Loch an Aigeil along with two Goldeneye and eight Teal (AS)

1st February 2021

  • Red-breasted Merganser: Nine birds (2 male, 7 female) Badnaban Bay (Dave Bird)
  • Pied Wagtail: Single bird at Clachtoll beach (Roz Summers)