January 2022 Sightings

31st January 2022

  • Bullfinch: Three birds near oldany estuary and 5 birds near Rhicarn (DAH)
  • Goldfinch: c40 birds on overhead wires, Clachtoll (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: Single birds Maiden Loch, Clachtoll and Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH)
  • Goldeneye: Single female bird Lochan Fearna, Lagg and a pair Loch an Aigeil (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: Four males on roadside, Torbreck (Carol Langford)
  • Goldeneye: Two pairs, Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (Ian Evans)

30th January 2022

  • Mistle Thrush: Four birds on overhead wire near Lagg (DAH)

29th January 2022

  • Curlew: 19 birds on wet area of Clachtoll crofts (AS)

28th January 2022

  • Starling: 60 birds on wire Inverpark, Lochinver (AS)

26th January 2022

  • Glaucous Gull: Adult at Loch an Aigeil, Stoer (AS)

23rd January 2022

  • Black-throated Diver: Single bird, Clashnessie Bay (Peter Reynolds). May be the same bird as seen at Culkein Drumbeg on 21 January
  • Guillemot: Two dead birds on beach, Bay of Balchladich (Peter Reynolds). This may be connected to the ongoing spate of similar incidents along the coast of Scotland & NE England.
  • Rock Dove: 30 birds on wires, Lochinver Main Street (Gwen Richards)

22nd January 2022

  • Barn Owl: Single bird in flight, by Bone Caves car park, A837 (Carol Langford)

21st January 2022

  • Black-throated Diver: Single bird, Culkein Drumbeg (Peter Reynolds)

20th January 2022

  • Red-breasted Merganser: Two males and a single female, Culkein Drumbeg (Peter Reynolds)
  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Reed Bunting: Two males under bird feeders, Culkein Stoer (Kath Ainslie)

19th January 2022

  • Bullfinch: Three birds feeding on ground near Oldany estuary (DAH)

17th January 2022

  • Woodcock: Three birds flushed from roadside, late evening, between Loch na Bruthaich and Strathcroy (DAH)

16th January 2022

  • Curlew: 13 birds feeding, Balchladich (DAH)
  • Kittiwake: Single first winter bird off Balchladich (DAH)
  • Redwing: Seven birds, and one Fieldfare, near Stoer Primary School (DAH)

14th January 2022

  • Blue Tit: Eight birds feeding in willow trees, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)

11th January 2022

  • Kestrel: Single bird hunting near Calda House, Loch Assynt (DAH)
  • Jackdaw: 30+ birds, Elphin (DAH)

10th January 2022

  • Treecreeper: Single bird in birch woodland, Torbreck (Michael Rochester)

9th January 2022

  • 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.
  • Turnstone: Ten birds feeding in beached seaweed, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: 33 birds feeding on croft, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Kestrel: Single bird hunting, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Redwing: Seven birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: Four birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Dipper: Single bird feeding in bay to the north of Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt (DAH)
  • Gannet: Single bird flying NW, Bay of Stoer (Charlie Leeson)
  • Dipper: Single bird, Little Assynt (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)
  • Goldeneye: Pair of birds, Loch na h-Insse Fraoich (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans)
  • Little Grebe: Single bird, Loch nan Eun (Gwen Richards)

8th January 2022

  • Curlew: 20+ birds grazing, Stoer green (Charlie Leeson)

7th January 2022

  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering near junction of B869 and A837 (Bill and Val Badger)
  • Dipper: Single bird on stream from Loch Drumbeg where it crosses B869 (DAH)
  • Teal: Pair of birds and a single male Wigeon, Oldany estuary (DAH)

6th January 2022

  • Lesser Redpoll: Four birds feeding in trees at KSM Motors, Lochinver (DAH)

5th January 2022

  • Little Egret: Single bird on Ledmore river, close to A835 bridge (RosieC)

3rd January 2022

  • Glaucous Gull: Single immature bird, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Hooded Crow: 23 birds and two Hooded/Carrion Crow hybrids foraging on storm detritus, Clashnessie Bay (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Stonechat: Resident pair of birds on fence wire, Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Fieldfare: Single bird feeding on croft, Clashnessie (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: Six birds amongst small rocks, Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Gannet: Two adult birds off Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Wigeon: Pair of birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)

2nd January 2022

  • Cormorant: Single bird, Culkein Drumbeg (Mhairi Leeson)
  • Kestrel: Single bird hovering, Clashnessie (Charlie Leeson)

1st January 2022

  • Stoat: Single, probably juvenile, animal (partially white coat), Stoer (John Gilbertson)