9th: A plucked and largely eaten Common Gull fully grown chick beside Treshnish House. Peregrine or Golden Eagle? I suspect that a Golden Eagle, especially this new pair, would prefer to pluck further from habitation so I favour Peregrine. As an afterthought maybe a Buzzard is more likely. A Buzzard hangs out a lot in this spot and a couple of days ago it was sitting on top of the bird feeders here.
8th: Sedge Warbler still calling at Treshnish boathouse and Whitethroat and Willow Warbler at Treshnish old Schoolhouse.
1 Painted Lady at Treshnish old Schoolhouse and at least 1 on Calgary machair.
Found 5 Pyramidal Orchids at Calgary. There was a twin in the dunes which is most likely the same spot where they were first seen by Jeff Hodgson in 2016. I have looked each year since then but haven’t been able to re-find it. It is outside the 2 year old sheep fence and I have always seen sheep or signs of sheep here on previous visits. One of the orchids today was definitely a new spot and I suspect that at least one other was also a new spot.
The Sea Pea at Treshnish boathouse has been eaten but there is still a leaf below a stone so I have built a little stone house for it
Found a new plant for Treshnish below Treshnish House but my camera battery was dead. It is probably Elecampane Inula helenium, an introduced species to the UK.
7th: 1 Golden Eagle hunting at the Common Gull colony at Treshnish lochan, a family of newly fledged Long-tailed Tits in Treshnish wood beside the burn (eastern side but obviously using both sides). This is the second year with proof of breeding at Treshnish.
On cliff a to south of Ensay Burn mouth: 1 probable Gwynne’s Mining Bee, 2 Fabricius’ Nomad Bee and 1 blood bee (almost certainly Furry-bellied Blood Bee).
Also On cliff b: 1 Fabricius’ Nomad Bee, 1 Little Nomad Bee, 1 small metallic furrow bee and 2 blood bees (almost certainly Furry-bellied Blood Bee) and 1 what I think must be a male Smooth-faced Furrow Bee. I have had accepted females at the waterfall. This is the species which is a host to the Furry-bellied Blood Bee.
and what can only be Common European Earwig Forficula auricularia, although the abdomen is very red. Eawigs are in a totally different Order from beetles which include the similarly shaped Rove-beetles but they have no pincers.There are only 4 UK earwig species and 2 of them are only found in the south.
At Treshnish wood waterfall: 1 mini-miner, 1 small metallic furrow bee and 1 Little Nomad Bee.
6th: 1 male Marsh Harrier on hillside above Black Park, which is rare on Mull but unfortunately no camera.
1 Golden Eagle hunting at the Common Gull colony at Treshnish lochan and soon afterwards 2 at Haunn and Cuckoo at Haunn.
3 Crossocerus still at West cottage, Haunn.
1 Painted Lady at Treshnish old Schoolhouse
4th: 1 Painted Lady and Cuckoo at Treshnish old Schoolhouse
1 Leucozona lucorum, 1 Sericomyia silentis and 1 Painted Lady.
1st: 1 Painted Lady at Treshnish old Schoolhouse