Records from frequent guests Graeme and Angie.
20th March: 25 Whooper Swans flying north over Haunn(?) and 1 Peregrine behind Haunn cottages
19th March: male Wheatear at raised beach beyond Port Haunn
(also a pair of Grey Wagtails there but I’m not going to log Grey Wagtail any more).
1 immature Golden Eagle flying south over Crossapol (this is my first record for this low coastal area)
Rock Pipit showing features of Scandinavian Rock Pipit
There were 3 Buff-tailed Bumblebee queens in our tiny ornamental heather patch and another one on our Daffodils. Also another probable Melangyna lasiophthalma
I think this is Tree Wasp Dolichovespula sylvestris (my first)
11th: 1 Merlin over Treshnish wood ( photograph id quality only).
Also photographed Garden Bumblebee, Cryptic Bumblebee, Moss/Common Carder Bumblebee all on in the same 1x1m patch of heather and probable Melangyna lasiophthalma on Daffodils.
I think this is a new hoverfly for me and Treshnish. It is a difficult group but the early flying period makes me think it is Melangyna lasiophthalma (also photographed what was probably same species on the 5th)
Also first Tapered Droneflies Eristalis pertinax of the year (x2 males) and first Garden Bumblebee amongst 15+ White-tailed Bumblebee complex.
9th: 1 redpoll heard over Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
8th: at least 1 Chiffchaff and at least 1 Willow Warbler at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse (my first of the year for both) and 5 Wood Pigeons over Treshnish wood
5th: 1 Merlin over Treshnish wood, 1 male Bullfinch and 1 redpoll in Treshnish wood.
4th: 1 Peregrine over Treshnish wood
2nd: 1 Carrion Crow overTreshnish wood
1st: 1 Collared Dove & 1 adult White-tailed Eagle around Treshnish lochan.