December 2021 Sightings

31st December 2021

  • Tawny Owl: Two birds calling, heard at Culkein Drumbeg but were possibly in/around Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Eight birds (4 males and females), Loch na Claise (Andrew Mackenzie)
  • Stoat: Single adult in ermine, Stoer (John Gilbertson)

29th December 2021

  • Barn Owl: Single bird hunting near road side, north of Ledmore junction at about 8pm (Andy and Liz Amphlett)

28th December 2021

  • Risso’s Dolphin: Three animals (male and two females) c.400m off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH). Photo Gallery - Whales and Dolphins
  • Common Dolphin: 25+ c.800m off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: Single bird, Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: Four birds Clashnessie Bay and a single off Bay of Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Tufted Duck: Two birds (pair) on partly frozen Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Two birds (pair) Loch Drumbeg (DAH)

27th December 2021

  • Common Dolphin: A pod of at least 12 animals offshore from Old Man of Stoer (K Beattie). Photo gallery - Whales and Dolphins
  • Shelduck: Single bird in Oldany estuary area (DAH). A very unseasonal Assynt record for this species.
  • Harbour Porpoise: Two adult animals c.150m off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Long-tailed Duck: Single winter plumage female off Bay of Stoer (DAH)
  • Merlin: Single male bird hunting over hillside above Rubh′ a′ Mhill Dheirg, Stoer (DAH)
  • Curlew: 26 birds on grazing near Loch an Aigeil, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 16 birds over Rhu Stoer Hall flying south-east (DAH). Another unseasonal Assynt record.
  • Red-breasted Merganser: Single female bird on Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH). A slightly unusual location for this species.

25th December 2021

  • Teal: Six birds (3 pair) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Gannet: Single bird off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH)

24th December 2021

  • Birds of Prey: Over Culkein Drumbeg, single Kestrel trying to stay out of the way of a Buzzard that was harassing a White-tailed Eagle (DAH)

22nd December 2021

  • Great Northern Diver: 10 birds off coast, north of Balchladich (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans )

21st December 2021

  • Goosander: Stunning pair of birds on Allt an Tiaghaich, opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Dipper: Single bird on Allt an Tiaghaich, opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: Pair of birds moving through trees, Culag Woods (DAH)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: Single female calling from top of spruce tree, Culag Woods (DAH)

20th December 2021

  • Brent Goose: 20 birds off Stac Fada, Bay of Stoer (Bill Badger) 
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: Single bird regularly seen in garden, Inverkirkaig (Malcolm Bangor-Jones)

19th December 2021

  • Harbour Porpoise: Three animals off Balchladich and two off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Four birds (3 male, 1 female) Loch na Claise (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single bird flying over Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Twite: 29 birds flying and calling over Balchladich (DAH)
  • Mallard: 13 birds on Loch an Aigeil, only four were females (DAH)
  • Great Northern Diver: Five birds off Clashnessie (DAH)

18th December 2021

  • Kestrel: Single bird by roadside, Calda House (Carol Langford)

17th December 2021

  • Long-tailed Tit: Seven birds in garden, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: Single female in garden, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)
  • Kestrel: Single birds Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) and near Ledmore (Neil McCrimmon)

15th December 2021

  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering by road, east of Drumbeg (Ian Evans)
  • Otter: Two animals (possibly juvenile) in garden pond, Inverpark, Lochinver (Bel Harkin)

12th December 2021

  • Peregrine: Single bird being mobbed by Buzzard while eyeing up the local Rock Dove flock (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: 23 birds, Eilean Chrona (DAH)
  • Dunlin: Single 1st-winter bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: 12 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: 35 birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)

11th December 2021

  • Long-Tailed Tit: c.10 birds in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)

7th December 2021

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker: Single bird heard calling in Culag Woods (DAH)

5th December 2021

  • Whooper Swan: Single adult bird flying north between Canisp and the A837 (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single bird perched on overhead wire near Loch Awe (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Two birds, Loch Torr an Lochain, Little Assynt (Gwen Richards)

4th December 2021

  • Weasel: Single animal in Culkein Drumbeg garden (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single female bird hunting, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Wigeon: Single male bird, Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Red-breasted Merganser: Six birds (three pair) Lochan na Leobaig, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering over road, Knockan Crag (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)

2nd December 2021

  • Fieldfare: 200+ birds over trees Glen Canisp road (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: Single male bird flying over trees calling, Richarn (DAH)
  • Heron: Single bird, Clachtoll beach shore (John Gilbertson)

1st December 2021

  • Herring Gull: c495 birds on and around the fish farm off Eilean a' Ghamhna, Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: Single male bird calling in trees near Reintraid (DAH)
  • Mixed flock of small birds: Mixed flock of birds moving through trees near Reintraid. Flock comprised Great Tit; Coal Tit; Blue Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Siskin and a single Treecreeper (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering over field, Bay of Stoer (John Gilbertson)
  • Woodcock: Two birds, Clachtoll and Stoer peat roads (John Gilbertson)