Jun 052020
 

31st: 1 Common Blue Damselfly and 2 Four-spotted Chasers and 1 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary near concrete ramp in Treshnish wood
1 Common Blue at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
1 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth near East gate Black park, a Nationally Scarce species and my first. Terrible photos but they were better views than I got with the naked eye.

1 Small Nomad Bee at the wee waterfall in Black Park (new site for this species)

and this is its host species, a small metallic furrow bee

1 probable mini-miner at Black Park quarry

First Leucozona lucorum of the year at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

30th: Sparrowhawk heard in Treshnish wood
Went back to Black Park quarry to get better shots of the Wilke’s/Red-backed Mining Bee but no luck although an Ashy Mining Bee appeared (not at a nest burrow).

Possibly Orange-tailed Mining Bee at Black Park quarry

1 Speckled Yellow at Black Park quarry. This is, I think, my first at Treshnish. I have seen many at Glengorm and Loch Frisa.

29th: Went back to Black Park quarry to get better shots of the Wilke’s/Red-backed Mining Bee and/or Ashy Mining Bee seen on 21st but no luck.
1 probable Panzer’s Nomad Bee top of dyke to east of wee waterfall Black Park 29 May 2020 (new site).

1 Panzer’s Nomad Bee and at least 2 Mining Bees

and Furrow bee in Black Park quarry

at least 2 female Orange-tailed Mining Bee at Black Park quarry

28th: Went back to Black Park quarry to get better shots of the Wilke’s/Red-backed Mining Bee and/or Ashy Mining Bee seen on 21st but no luck.
Here is a Fabricius’s Nomad Bee and a Panzer’s Nomad Bee exploring nest burrows (notice the larger bee is exploring the larger nest hole). Couldn’t get both in focus at same time. The Panzer’s is on the right. The host of Panzer’s is supposed to be Painted Mining Bee and Fabricius’s is Gwynne’s Mining Bee.
P.S. The larger bee has no spots on tergite 3 and could be Bilberry Nomad Bee (see later).

1 Impunctate Mini-miner at Black Park quarry (confirmed)

2+ Little Nomad Bees in Black Park quarry (confirmed)

2+ Panzer’s Nomad Bees in Black Park quarry later at least one was considered by an expert to be a good candidate for Bilberry Nomad Bee

At least 2 Smooth-faced Furrow Bees at Black Park quarry (confirmed)

 My first spider-wasp Anoplius nigerrimus at at Black Park quarry (confirmed). I think it is a first for Argyll.

27th: Sedge Warbler heard in Black Park
After some stormy weather went back to Black Park quarry to get better shots of the Wilke’s/Red-backed Mining Bee and/or Ashy Mining Bee seen on 21st but no luck.
1 Geoffroy’s Blood Bee and 2 Panzer’s Nomad Bes P.S. later at least one was considered by an expert to be a good candidate for Bilberry Nomad Bee.

1 possible Painted Mining Bee at Black Park quarry

1 worn mining bee, probably Clarke’s Mining Bee at Black Park quarry

26th: 1 possible Painted Mining Bee at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

21stDasysyrphus tricinctus on Hawthorn at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse, my 3rd record and 1st in spring.

1 Ashy Mining Bee seen briefly at Black Park quarry (none found last year). It is a scarce bee in UK. It entered a nest burrow and I waited for it to appear but gave up.

1 Wilke’s or Red-backed type Mining Bee Black Park quarry.

16th: Long-tailed Tits heard in Treshnish wood.
2 Small Heath first of year at Treshnish wood waterfall.
Ancistrocerus oviventris (first of the year) at Treshnish wood waterfall.

1 female Geoffroy’s Blood Bee 50m n Treshnish wood waterfall (confirmed)

1 female Panzer’s Nomad Bee Treshnish wood waterfall (confirmed)

15th: Grey Wagtail by Ensay Burn wee tributary junction,
1 male Painted Mining Bee at Treshnish wood waterfall (confirmed)


Possible min-miner at Treshnish wood waterfall.

2 flowering and 2 vegetative Narrow-leaved Helleborine below oaks on Ensay.

Update on Ensay Narrow-leaved Helleborines: The above plus, 1 by old iron gate at waterfall and new 1 see yesterday photo at s end of cliff a s of Ensay Burn mouth and at least 3 vegetative at the junction of the wee tributary of Ensay Burn in wood. Haven’t checked under the iron gate properly yet.
Update on Treshnish Narrow-leaved Helleborine: Carolyne’s is a twin, ours is a twin, one by ramp is late but has a shoot below ground, new patch from last night has only 1 veg visible. Haven’t checked the one under conifers in the wood.

14th: First Panzer’s/Fork-jawed Nomad Bee at Ensay Burn wee tributary junction. Tawny Owl still calling every day with sunshine

13th: Sparrowhawk over Treshnish wood, at least 1 Grey Wagtail with food Ensay Burn mouth, Found Robin nest with young Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
First Large Red Damselfly of the year beside farm road through Treshnish wood.
Found a new Narrow-leaved Helleborine at cliff a south of Ensay Burn mouth. It is only about 10m from some others but this is the furthest north I’ve found it and it is on a cliff so away from grazers. It is also flowering. I don’t think it can be a coincidence that all my best bee spots have Narrow-leaved Helleborines (except Black Park but that has Frog Orchids and Small White Orchid).

10th: Sparrowhawk over Treshnish wood.
Buzzard

Elephant Hawkmoth just in from top of cliff a south of Ensay Burn mouth. Don’t think I’ve seen one in the daytime before.

1 female Geoffroy’s Blood Bee cliff a south of Ensay Burn mouth (confirmed)

1 parasitic wasp  cliff b s of Ensay Burn mouth

9th: Sparrowhawk seen and heard in Treshnish wood.

6th: 1st Whitethroat at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
Grey Wagtail heard Ensay Burn mouth
Found Buzzard nest in Treshnish wood.
First sunny day where Tawny Owl not heard in daytime
First blood bee (see 10th) at cliff b s of Ensay Burn mouth
First confirmed Chocolate Mining Bee of the year at cliff b s of Ensay Burn mouth (confirmed)

First confirmed Orange-tailed Mining Bee of the year Ensay Burn Tresnhish cat-grid (confirmed)

Marsham’s Nomad Bee at cliff a south of Ensay Burn mouth

I have been seeing a lot of these bombus bees with no central bands. They are either cuckoobees or worn bumblebees
This was beside the road through Treshnish wood

3rd: Peregrine flying north over Ensay Burn wood.
Early Mining Bee at Treshnish wood waterfall

2nd: Mining Bee at new lekk opp Black Park quarry. possibly Orange-tailed Mining Bee

and one Fabricius’s Nomad Bee there and also one Fabricius’s Nomad Bee in field before Black Park (50m from gate). Some can be quite small, nearing Little Nomad Bee in size

showing scale

1st: 2 House Martins over Treshnish wood

 June 5, 2020

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