ASSYNT GARDEN BIRD SURVEY RECORDS (1997-2020)

March 25th 2021

Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project

This Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage

Assynt Garden Bird Survey Records

The information being made available here has had no interpretation applied.

Many years of work have gone into collating the data by various residents of, and visitors to, Assynt.

The data is free to download but if you make use of it please acknowledge the source with the suggested citation –

Assynt Field Club; Assynt Wildlife Records Digitisation Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage

Thank you.

Assynt Garden Bird Survey Records 1997-2020 (900KB xlsx)

Annual Summary

2020

For the year to 31st December 2020 we received results from 16 gardens and these had a combined total of 2450 records!

The results showed that, in every month of the year, Robin occurred in 11 gardens; Blackbird in 8; Chaffinch, Great Tit, House Sparrow and Rock Dove in 7; Coal Tit and Dunnock in 6; Blue Tit and Goldfinch in 4; Wren , Greenfinch and Collared Dove in 2, and Starling and Bullfinch in 1.

The Robin was once again our most commonly seen garden bird in 2020. The RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch has House Sparrow as Scotland’s most numerous garden bird. Of course, we do not count the number of birds, simply their presence.

(we will continue to update these records annually, hence the date range will extend beyond the end of the Digitisation Project)

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Recent Sightings

Kestrel

Single bird hunting near Calda House, Loch Assynt (DAH) (11/01)

Jackdaw

30+ birds, Elphin (DAH) (11/01)

Treecreeper

Single bird in birch woodland, Torbreck (Michael Rochester) (10/01)

Pied Wagtail

Single male bird feeding along strand line, Bay of Culkein (DAH). This is a very early record for this species. Last year the first record was 1st February, and that was early. (09/01)

Turnstone

Ten birds feeding in beached seaweed, Bay of Culkein (DAH) (09/01)

Barnacle Goose

33 birds feeding on croft, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

Kestrel

Single bird hunting, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

Redwing

Seven birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH) (09/01)

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