Jul 072018

10th: 2 Corncrakes heard calling at Haunn (Studio guests), I heard 1.
Sedge Warbler singing below Treshnish cowbarn.

One of the larger Silver Y caterpillars is already pupating.

9th: 1-2 House Martins below Treshnish House.

8th: Blackcap singing near Treshnish Old Schoolhouse, every day this last week
At least 9 fledged Common Gulls flying over the lochan.
I collected 4 of the suspected Silver Y caterpillars from below Treshnish Hosue and will try to rear them.

7th: Corncrake heard last night at 2am at Haunn (East cottage guests) and in the last week 2 heard by West cottage guests who also had a juvenile Cuckoo bash into their window attended by a Meadow Pipit foster parent. Guests at Toechtamhor in the last month have also seen Cuckoos copulating and juveniles being fed and on the 5th Studio guests found a Cuckoo right in front of them on the path near Reudle Schoolhouse.

6th: 4 Bullfinches at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and 1 Sparrowhawk below Duill cottage.
1 Spotted Flycatcher near Treshnish House.

Alarmed Curlew in meadow below Treshnish House.

Alarmed Oystercatcher at Treshnish boathouse.

5th: First Common Gull fledgling flying at lochan, 2 more on the water

and 1 even younger at the side, extremely well camouflaged in such an exposed habitat

1 Painted Lady at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

4th: Juvenile Wheatear

This is my first definite Volucella bombylans near West cottage, Haunn.
I am finding some of the bumblebee mimic hoverflies tricky especially the ones which have various forms but here I got good enough views to see the inward kink in the outer cross vein (near the tip) and the feather like antennae.
This is a pair copulating

2 Painted Ladies at Haunn.

3rd: 1 male Bullfinch in our garden.

1 Painted Lady on Calgary machair

2nd: Guests at Haunn heard a Corncrake there in the daytime and regular guests Ingrid and Volker heard 2 there at mid-day.
In the evening guests at The Studio saw a Barn Owl flying backwards and forwards in front of their conservatory.

At least 1 Painted Lady at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and 1 on Calgary machair.
Found 5 caterpillars on a Creeping Thistle on the west side of the meadow below Treshnish House. I was sure they weren’t Painted Ladies which were found at exactly the same spot on the same thistles last year and couldn’t find them in the Porter book or searching the net, so I asked for help. Roy Leverton one of the leading Scottish moth experts suspected it was a Silver Y which were around in their thousands, as adults, in the spring. A quick internet search makes me as confident as I can be that he is right. Apparently this form is unusual and he wants me to rear the larvae to be sure. I think this meadow is about to be mown so I’ll move any I can find to safe ground and try to rear at least one.

the underside showing the number of pro-legs

1st: Guests at Haunn heard a Corncrake there in the daytime
Saw a caterpillar on a Creeping Thistle on the west side of the meadow below Treshnish House. It was late and poor light so I didn’t have camera.

 July 7, 2018