Sightings

21st April 2024

  • Black-headed Gull: Two birds on shore, Bay of Stoer (CADL)
  • Ringed Plover: Single bird on shore, Bay of Stoer (CADL)
  • Black-throated Diver: Single bird, Loch Crocach (Judy Clift)
  • Eider: Two birds (a pair) Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

20th April 2024

  • Willow Warbler: Single bird heard, Drumbeg (Beccy Garvey).  Also single bird heard in Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)
  • Violet Oil Beetle (Meloe violaceus): Single beetle in garden, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)
  • Eider: Three male and single female, Loch Inver (Dorell Pirie)

19th April 2024

  • Swallow: Single bird over Church of Scotland, Lochinver (DAH)
  • Eider: Two males and single female, Loch Inver (CADL, DAH)
  • Cuckoo: Single bird heard, Brackloch (Harry Kerr). The first record for this year.  Previous first records - 2023 20th April,; 2022  19th April; 2021 23rd April; 2020 17th April and 2019 9th April 
  • Pink-footed Goose: Approx. 550 birds in three skeins flying north over Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)

18th April 2024

  • Collared Dove: Three birds, Culkein Stoer
  • Peregrine: Single bird, Strone (Clarinda Chant)
  • Magpie: Single bird, Achnacarnin (Pam Mackenzie)
  • Redwing: Eight birds in garden, Torbreck (Gwen Richards)

17th April 2024

  • Grey Wagtail: Single bird, Culag bridge (Gwen Richards & Jane Young)
  • Pink-footed Goose: Approx. 400 birds flying over Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)
  • Sand Martin: Two birds feeding over Loch an Aigeil (CADL, Avril Haines)
  • Pink-footed Goose: c800 birds in four skeins heading north-west over Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH). More seen and heard during the evening and following morning over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). Photo Gallery - Birds
  • Oystercatcher: Single bird by Calda House, Loch Assynt (Stefan Taylor)
  • Redwing: 15 birds, some in song, Nedd (Stefan Taylor)
  • Lessor Redpoll: Single male on feeder, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)

16th April 2024

  • Chiffchaff: Single bird heard singing in trees around Lochinver Fire Station (DAH)
  • Willow Warbler: Single bird heard, Nedd (Ian Evans).  At this location, first dates singing 15/4/2022, 16/4/2021, 10/4/2020
  • Willow Warbler: Birds seen and heard at various locations from the 'Glack' to Achmelvich Bridge (DAH). These Sub-Saharan migrants seem to have arrived en masse in the past few days.
  • Slender Speedwell (Veronica filiformis): Several plants, Church carpark, Lochinver (Ian Evans).  This plant is scarce in Assynt

15th April 2024

  • Magpie: Single bird, by old burial ground, Stoer (CADL)
  • Oystercatcher: 25 birds, by Loch an Aigeil (CADL)

14th April 2024

  • Whooper Swan: 25 birds flying north-west over Eddrachillis Bay (DAH)

13th April 2024

  • Greenshank: A pair feeding on tidal flats, Loch Nedd (Stefan Taylor)
  • Siskin: A pair on feeder in garden, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford)

12th April 2024

  • Otter: Single animal feeding near Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Red-throated Diver: Three birds off Clashnessie Bay (DAH)
  • Pink-footed Goose: 22 birds on grazings, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Golden Plover: 27 birds on grazings, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Linnet: Six birds on grazings, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Lesser Redpoll: Single bird on feeders, Strathan (Clarinda Chant)

11th April 2024

  • Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana): Four plants in flower near Oldany Farmhouse entrance (DAH)
  • Willow Warbler: Single bird heard singing near Loch Poll Hydro entrance (DAH)

10th April 2024

  • Pink-footed Goose: Approximately 1000 birds flying over Ardvar (Beccy Garvey), c160 over Clashnessie and c300 over Loch Dhrombaig (DAH)

9th April 2024

  • Redwing: Ten birds at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Pink-footed Goose: Two birds on crofts at Clachtoll (AS)
  • Golden Plover: 40+ birds flying low over Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Barnacle Goose: 40 birds, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Black Guillemot: Two birds in summer plumage, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Turnstone: Two birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Ringed Plover: 16 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Common Gull: 53 birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Redshank: Four birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: Three birds, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Greenshank: Two birds, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Teal: Two birds (a pair), Loch na Claise (DAH). Five birds (2 pair and single male) Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Wheatear: Five male birds, grassland near Balchladich Bay (DAH)
  • Pied Wagtail: Five birds, on beach, Balchladich (DAH). 18 birds, on beach, Culkein Stoer (DAH)
  • Black-headed Gull: Single bird, Balchladich Bay (DAH). Four birds, Bay of Culkein (DAH). All birds were in summer plumage
  • Great Northern Diver: Two birds, one in summer plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH). Two birds, Balchladich Bay (DAH). Single bird, Bay of Culkein (DAH)
  • Bullfinch: Two pairs, Nedd (Stefan Taylor).  Males were singing.
  • Greenshank: Single bird, Nedd (Stefan Taylor).  Aerial display/song flight.

8th April 2024

  • Greenshank: Bird calling near Calda House, Inchnadamph (AS)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull: Single adult bird, Clashnessie beach (DAH)
  • Greenshank: Two birds, tidal pond, Oldany River (DAH)
  • Wheatear: Two birds, Stoerhead Lighthouse (Murray Anderson)

6th April 2024

  • Grey Heron: Three active nests on Loch Awe (AS)
  • Gannet: Single bird fishing, Bay of Stoer (CADL)
  • Violet Oil Beetle (meloe violaceus): Single beetle, Ardvar (Beccy Garvey)

5th April 2024

  • Reed Bunting: Single male feeding on road, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH)
  • Little Grebe: Single bird, Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Teal: Six birds (3 pair), Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)
  • Lapwing: 14 birds in flight near Loch Neil Bhain (DAH)

3rd April 2024

  • Redwing: Two birds, Clachtoll (AS, CADL & others)

2nd April 2024

  • Willow Warbler: Single bird in garden at Clashmore, possibly first for the season (Andrew Mackenzie)
  • Bullfinch: A pair, Nedd (Stefan Taylor).  Also two males and two females, Glendarroch, Lochinver (Chris & Fran Barley))
  • Drinker Moth: Single caterpillar, Culkein Drumbeg (Carol Langford).  Also five+, Church Road, Stoer (CADL)
  • Redwing: Five birds, Nedd (Stefan Taylor)

1st April 2024

  • Redwing: Three birds in garden, Inverkirkaig (Mike Dawber)
  • Sand Martin: Single bird feeding over Loch an Aigeil, Stoer beach (AS)
  • Hebrew Character Moth (Orthosia gothica): Single moth, Achnacarnin (Murray Anderson)