9th: 2 Bullfinch at Treshnish old Schoolhouse.
I’m sure this must be a Heather Colletes in grass by our back door but not sure it will have enough detail to get verified. I have only seen it once on 25 September last year. Northern Colletes is a rare species of dunes and machair found on Iona, Coll and Tiree but is unrecorded so far on Mull.
8th: 1 Bullfinch at Treshnish old Schoolhouse.
7th: 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Whitethroat at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
1 Keeled Skimmer in Black Park. I haven’t seen this species at Treshnish since 2013. In total I have seen it here 5 times (counting 2 consecutive dates as 1). One time I saw a pair. This is an overmature female, lacking the glorious blue colour of the male.
In the cow-barn field at the bottom of the steep slope in the hair-pin bend a Pyrausta purpuralis micro-moth.
I have caught a brownish one once before in the moth trap and took a very poor shot of a purple one like this at Tostary-Burg.
I think this must be of of the Carder Bees. I’ve never see one with a red tail but they do occur. I think there is too much pale colour on the thorax and abdomen for a worn Early Bumblebee. [Verified as ‘Considered Correct’]
6th: 1 Bullfinch at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
5th: 1 Whitethroat at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
The last of my reared Silver Y subspecies nigricans emerged yesterday evening. I kept it overnight to get a shot in the morning but it was restless so I let it go without a nice shot.
3rd: Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher in Treshnish wood
Haunn guests saw Barn Owl this last week at or near the box between 28th July and 3rd August.