21st: 1 1st winter Red-backed Shrike at 9am this morning on south side of Treshnish wood beside farm road.
Only got a terrible shot through a window and when i tried to open it, it disappeared.
I tried to re-locate it for 30m but no luck and had to go to work. Hopefully it will be around this afternoon and takes a liking to the insects in our garden,
12th: 2-3 Swallows over Treshnish wood.
11th: 1 Sparrowhawk on our gatepost at dusk.
7th: Bullfinch heard in Treshnish wood. Swallows still around.
Rhingia campestris photographed to west of concrete ramp, Treshnish wood.
6th: Bullfinch heard in Treshnish wood.
4th: 1 House Martin & 3 Bullfinches over Treshnish wood.
1 male Common Furrow Bee just 25cm from the nest hole seen on the 30th. It only stayed for a second so not a great shot.
and 2 hours later at exactly the same spot a female of what is almost certainly the same species
3rd: 1 Whitethroat and 4 Bullfinches in Treshnish wood.
The larvae I found on nettles beside our garden on 9th Aug which I thought was probably a Painted Lady emerged and it turned out to be a Red Admiral. The other found on the same day is still in the pupal stage and I have no idea what it is. The one which I found on Creeping Thistle earlier and which I have no doubt is a real Painted Lady is also still in the pupal stage. It smells musty so I hope it is OK.
Nearly 2 hours at the waterfall on a sunny afternoon yielded no solitary bees. I did see some unusual behaviour of a Garden Bumblebee. It was pumping its tongue out repeatedly for over a minute.
Eventually I moved some vegetation to get a better look and it flew a short distance away for a few seconds and then flew off.
I can only think that it was smelling the air, possibly for a female. I couldn’t find any mention of this behaviour in an internet search.