Sightings 2015 Print

 

These sightings have been recorded by visitors staying in the cottage or on a guided tour.

 

December Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
29/12/15 11:00 From The Cottage Otters [3], 3 Mins. Mother and 2 cubs.
3/12/15 14:20 From The Cottage Otters [3], 3 Mins. Mother and 2 cubs fishing in East Bay.

 

October Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
30/10/15 09:30 Front of Cottage Sparrow-hawk, 5 Mins. Sitting on chimney pot being dive-bombed by a crow.
10:45 Front of Cottage Otter, 5 Mins. Fishing in the bay in front of the cottage.


Sparrow-hawk, 30 Secs. Chasing crows.
10:45 From the Hide Curlews [2], 30 Secs. Passing through.
Eider Duck, 2 Mins. Passing through.
17/10/15 11:50 From the Hide Shags [20], 10 Mins. Drying their Wings on the Skerries.
15/10/15 18:00 From the Hide Seals [3], 10 Mins. .
14/10/15 08:30 From the Hide Cormorant, 15 Mins. .
Wrens [2], 10 Mins. .
11/10/15 15:30 From the Island Golden Eagle, 10 Mins. Soaring.
11/10/15 16:00 From the Hide Seals [6], 1 Hr. 5 adults and a pup on the skerries.
16:30 From the Hide Eider duck [2], 30 Mins. 2 males near the Skerries.
10/10/15 18:05 From the Hide Seals [5], 30 Mins. Basking on the skerries.
6/10/15 17:15 From the Hide Seals [9], 45 Mins. Basking in the evening sunshine.
Heron, 45 Mins. .

 

September Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
26/9/15 11:15 From The Hide Seals [30+], 10 Mins. Hauled out on the middle Skerry.


From The Hide Shags [20+], 10 Mins. Drying their wings on the far Skerries.
21/9/15 16:10 Lighthouse Gallery Nuclear sub, 10 Mins. Crossing right to left below Raasay.
19/9/15 10:45 From The Hide Seals [5], 10 Mins. Not so many today, hauled out.



Shags [30], 10 Mins. On the far Skerries.
18/9/15 18:00 Front of Cottage Otters [3], 15 Mins. Mother & cubs fishing and playing in the bay.
11/9/15 15:15 Below The Hide Otter, 2 Mins. Swimming toward the hide.
7/9/15 15:00 Front of Hide Otters [3], 15 Mins. Mother & cubs fishing and playing in the bay.

 

August Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
22/8/15 09:44 From the Hide Seals [15], 15 Mins. Sunning themselves!!.

11:00 From the Hide Seals [15], 10 Mins. Basking on the Skerries.
Shags [10], 10 Mins. Drying thieir wings on the far Skerries.
21/8/15 20:33 From the Hide Gannet, 5 Secs. Flying around, probably looking for food.
18/8/15 15:00 Path to Cottage Adder, 10 Secs. Moving away after basking on path.
16/8/15 09:30 From the Hide Seals [25], 15 Mins. Resting on the rocks..

Shags [10], 10 Mins. Sitting on the far Skerry.
10:10 Lighthouse bay Otters [3], 10 Mins. Mother and cubs playing (squealing).
10:15 From the Cottage Otters [3], 15 Mins. Mother and cubs feeding.
17:00 From the Cottage Heron, 10 Mins. Feeding.
20:20 Path to gate Vole [3], 3 Mins. Feeding.
15/8/15 10:05 From the Hide Seals [10], 10 Mins. Basking on the Skerries.
Shags [15], 10 Mins. Drying wings on the Skerries.
13/8/15 08:50 From the Cottage Otter, 2 Mins. Swimming & diving toward furthest edge of the bay.
09:10 From the Cottage Otters [3], 10 Mins. Swimming and diving in the sea toward bay in left.
12/8/15 10:10 From the Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Swimming in front of the cottage.
20:10 Slipway bay Otter, 1 Min. Otter on rocks, appeared around headland (furthest from LH) onto slipway then dived into the sea.
11/8/15 11:00 From the Hide Black Guillemot, 10 Mins. On small island.
11:45 From the Hide Common Seals [35], 1 Hr. On the islands.
18:20 From the Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Swimming and Diving in front of the cottage.
18:40 From the Cottage Common Seal, 5 Mins. Diving down vertically, appeared to pull up Kelp.
20:10 Bay beside Cottage Otters [3], 10 Mins. Swimming across furthest bay, diving & playing with each other.
9/8/15 16:30 From the Hide Seals [22], 30 Mins. Swimming out from skerries, Mum pushing pups toward green bay.

Terns [20], 30 Mins. Fishing offshore.
Gannets [2], 10 Mins. Fishing offshore.
18:00 Near slipway Otter, 10 Mins. Moving through the heather.
7/8/15 15:20 From the Hide Seals [16], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
19:00 From the Cottage Otters [3], 10 Mins. Playing & feeding in the bay to left of cottage.
21:00 From the Hide Otter, 1 Min. Swimming ashore (dive with tail-flick) below hide.
21:00 From the Hide Seals [20], 30 Mins. Mixture of sizes.
6/8/15 07:00 Path near LH Otter, 1 Min. Dived (flick of tail) just beyond Lighthouse.
5/8/15 17:00 Front of Cottage Otters [3], 1 Hr+. Hunting & Playing in the bay to left of cottage, also coming ashore to feed and play.
3/8/15 16:00 From the Cottage Otters [3], 40 Mins. Hunting & playing in the bay to left of cottage.
1/8/15 18:00 From the Cottage Otters [3], 15 Mins. Hunting & playing in front of the cottage before moving toward the Lighthouse.

 

July Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
26/7/15 19:00 Front of Cottage Porpoise [2], 2 Mins.

19:20 Front of Cottage Otters [3], 20 Mins. Mother and 2 cubs playing by the bay.
24/7/15 12:20 From The Hide Seals [6], 10 Mins. Swimming and diving near the green bay.

 

June Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
29/6/15 16:20 From The Hide Seals [2], 10 Mins. Sitting on the rocks.

16:30 From the Hide Seals [3], 10 Mins+. Swimming & diving.
Seal Pups [3], 10 Mins+. Sitting on rocks.
26/6/15 11:30 Front of Cottage Otter, 5 Mins. Swimming.
24/6/15 20:30 Front of Cottage Otters [4], 30 Mins.. Watched them feeding ans sitting on rocks.
22/6/15 09:30 From the Hide Otters [3], 20 Mins. Swimming.
22/6/15 10:50 From the Hide Seals & Pups [10], 30 Mins. This is a wonderful place to visit and see the wildlife. Thank you.
21/6/15 10:15 Cove Seals [4], 30 Mins. Two pups with two mothers. Seagulls feeding on nearby red meat. Mothers nudged pups into the sea after feeding.
16/6/15 15:45 Hide Cuckoo, 1 Min.
11/6/15 15:00 From the Hide Seals [15], 10 Mins. Pups and Adults lounging on the end of the long narrow Skerry. Great..

 

May Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
28/5/15 14:15 Lighthouse Seal, 2 Mins.

15:30 From the Hide Otter, 15 Mins. Off the far large island.
24/5/15 13:50 From the Hide Seals [6], 1 Hr+. On the rocks opposite the hide.
Cormorants [5], 1Hr+.
Shag, 1Hr+.
14:15 From the Hide Great Black backed Gull, 1Hr+
22/5/15 14:15 From the Hide Otters [3], 5 Mins. Beautiful sight (icing on the cake).
15:15 From the Hide Seals [15], 5 Mins. Basking on the Skerries.
16/5/15 08:30 Path to Cottage White-throat, 2 Mins. These fly a lot in the bushes by the path.
09:00 Wardens Door Goldfinches [2], 2 Mins. Pair eating Dandelion seeds.
14/5/15 20:00 From the Hide Seals [5], 30 Mins. Basking on the Skerries.
20:20 From the Hide Oyster Catchers [2], 5 Mins. Flying in tandem.
13/5/15 17:00 Front of Cottage Curlew, 2 Mins.
Cormorant, 10 Mins. Dries every day.
17:00 Near Lighthouse Female Wheat-ear, 2 Mins.
Front Bay Greylag Geese [2], 2 Mins.
12/5/15 13:00 From the Hide Seals [2], 10 Mins. On the rocks to right of hide, in the sea.
12/5/15 13:01 From the Hide Otter, 10 Mins. Feeding on the rocks to the right of the hide, shared a crab with a crow.
16:00 Front of Cottage Otters [3], 30 Mins. Adult and 2 younger, playing.
10/5/15 08:00 Path to Lighthouse Female Wheat-ear, 1 Min.
08:10 Path from Hide Otter, 15 Mins. 150 Mtrs out at sea, silver V trail and diving.
11:15 From the Hide Otter, 10 Mins. Swam in to the shore at High tide. Diving and lying on its back eating fish to right of hide.
Cormorant, 15 Mins. Diving beside the Otter.
9/5/15 07:30 Front side bay Otters [3], 30 Mins. Adult watching 2 cubs at play.
21:00 Front of House Otter, 1 Hr. Swam across the bay in front of the house, under the bridge and around the centre pillar, diving and reappearing 30 yds away. Strong fast swimmer.
21:00 Side Path Male Wheat-ear, 1 Min.

 

April Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
27/4/15 08:30 From the Hide Seals [15], 15 Mins. Resting on the rocks c200m offshore. 2 Feeding.
26/4/15 18:30 From the Hide Seals [3], 30 Mins. Between the Skerries.
25/4/15 19:30 From the Hide Seals [8], 15 Mins. Resting on the rocks c300m offshore.
18/4/15 15:00 From the Hide Otters [2], 10 Mins. Fishing between the long Skerry and Eilean a Mhal.
17/4/15 18:40 From the Hide Otters [2], 5 Mins. In front of the cottage, diving and feeding.
15/4/15 05:30 From the Cottage Pine Marten, 30 Secs. In front of the cottage.
15/4/15 18:30 From the Hide Seals [2], 15 Mins. Lying beside each other.
14/4/15 18:30 From the Hide Seal, 20 Mins. On large Skerry to right of hide.

19:00 From the Hide Shags [2], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
Oyster Catcher [4], 10 Mins. On the Skerries.
12/4/15 08:00 Below Cottage Otter, 10 Mins. Dog Otter eating an eel.
11/4/15 08:40 From the Cottage Otter, 5 Mins. In front of the cottage.
Seal, 1 Min. In front of Cottage.
4//4/15 11:30 From The Hide Seals [10], 10 Mins. Hauled out on the near Skerries.


From The Hide Shags [15+], 10 Mins. on the far Skerries.

 

March Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
21/3/15 12:30 From The Hide Shags [20+], 10 Mins. Sunning themselves on the outer Skerries.
20/3/15 16:00 From The Cottage Porpoise, 5 Mins. at 2 o'clock from the cottage.

13:00 From the Cottage Otters [2], 5 Mins. Swimming in front of the cottage.

 


Bay to left of LH Otter, 10 Mins. Saw ripple in low tide pool, then otter came across the weed outward to the sea.
19/3/15 11:40 From The Cottage Otter, 15 Mins. Low tide, swam to rock to left of house, fish in mouth, ate fish on the rocks.

 

January Sightings

DateTimeObservation PointDetails
6/1/15 12:34 From the Hide Seals [3], 5 Mins. looking a bit forlorn.



Shags [10+], 5 Mins. Drying their wings.