Jul 042020
 

30th: Ancistrocerus oviventris ((found dead in Studio)

28th: 1 Sparrowhawk Treshnish wood.

27th: At least 2 fledged Sparrowhawks in Treshnish wood (nearly got a photo of one perched)
Bullfinches heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
First Scotch Argus of the year seen by Treshnish Old Schoolhouse on approximateky this day or earlier.

26th: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.
Bullfinches heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

24th: 2 juvenile Bullfinches at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.

23rd: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.
Bullfinches heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

22nd: 1 Sparrowhawk with flying into Treshnish wood.
Ancistrocerus scotica (found dead in middle cottage)

18th: 1 White-footed Furrow Bee Lasioglossum leucopus (confirmed) 150m n of waterfall.

1 probable Gwynne’s Mining Bee (second brood) near new Ensay Burn cattle-grid.

2 Little Nomad Bees below concrete ramp in Treshnish wood (a new site)

1 Crossocerus wasp (possibly C. varus) at u shaped bank at Ensay Burn tributary in Treshnish wood

1 Sericomyia superbiens near  Ensay Burn cattle-grid.

1 robberfly Microchrysa cyaneiventris (confirmed) inside Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

Very similar to the Lejogaster hoverflies.

17th: Bullfinch heard Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
Sparrowhawk young heard Treshnish wood.

1-2 probable mini-miner at Ensay Burn tributary junction in Treshnish wood


1 male probable Smooth-faced Furrow Bee at Treshnish wood waterfall. First male of the year for this species.

1 Crossocerus wasp with prey at Ensay Burn tributary junction in Treshnish wood

1 possible Sericomyia superbiens eucalyptus to Ensay Burn cattle-grid (to be sure I need to get a better shot of the antennae)

1 Myathropa florea eucalyptus to Ensay Burn cattle-grid.

First Common Hawkers of year.

It is always fun to see a hawker because there is always a chance of something more exciting, a Southern Hawker (record from Loch Spelve), an Azure Hawker (record from Morven) or a Hairy Hawker (records from near Oban). On Treshnish there is barely any crossover of flight times for Golden-ringed Dragonfly and the Common Hawker. Usually the overlap is a matter of single figure days or none at all.I think I saw a Golden-ringed Dragonfly on this day but so not afterwards as of 4th Aug.
There are some small lochans near Oban which have held Azure Damselfly, Variable DamselflyHairy Hawker, Downy Emerald, Brilliant Emerald and also the most northern UK record of Emperor Dragonfly.
White-faced Darter is another dragonlfy whih could occur on Mull. The nearest records are from the southwest of Fort William and Bridge of Orchy.

A white Selfheal at Treshnish waterfall. The use of lower case which has now become almost the norm leads to confusion.

Beside it is a normal one.

16th: Bullfinch heard in flight Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

15th:  1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.

14th: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.
Long-tailed Tits at Ensay Burn mouth and at least 1 female Bullfinch in the wood above the graveyard.
Found a new Bird’s-nest Orchid from a previous year about 4m to south of the one from the fresh new one on 26th June.

13th: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.
Bullfinch heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

11th
: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into Treshnish wood.

10th: 1 Sparrowhawk flying whilst calling near Insect Hotel Treshnish wood.
Dunnock

Carolyne saw a Stoat around the farm buildings. A rare sighting on Mull!

Pentatoma rufipes Red-legged Shieldbug below concrete ramp in Treshnish wood.

9th: 1 Sparrowhawk calling whilst flying near Ensay Burn cattlegrid.

8th: Broken-belted Bumblebee in Treshnish wood.

1 possible Argogorytes mystaceus Field Digger Wasp between Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and the concrete ramp

The new non-flowering Narrow-leaved Helleborines found last year amount to at least 4 this year.

7th: 1-2 male White-jawed Yellow-face Bee between eucalyptus and bridge cattle-grid.

1 small mining bee between eucalyptus and bridge cattle-grid but don’t think it is a mini-miner, maybe Small Flecked Mining Bee

1+ mini-miners at Ensay Burn tributary junction in Treshnish wood


1 Crossocerus digger wasp at Ensay Burn tributary junction in Treshnish wood

1 male Northern Emerald near insect hotel in Treshnish wood (I also thought I saw it half an hour earlier in the wet area on opposite side of the track).

I have now seen it every year for the last 3 years.
1 male on 25 June 2019 near our septic tank
1 female on 4 June 2018 to south of the sitheans

1-3 Volucella pellucens around the insect hotel in Treshnish wood (first of the year). This is a common UK species but not at Treshnish. I only saw it for the first time last year.

Red Currant opposite the insect hotel in Treshnish wood. It is a new species for Treshnish and I think rare on Mull. There are 2 records on the old Flora but none in the newer Rare Plant Registries for VC103.

5th: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying into TW

4th: 1 Peregrine over Ensay and at least 28 fledged (they could fly) on the lochan.

1 Adder on south side of sitheans but camera was all fogged up from the drizzle yesterday. By the time I got the lens filter off it uncoiled off. Let me see if i can edit it.

Four-spotted Chaser on the sitheans.

Golden ringed Dragonfly on south side of sitheans (where I saw a Northern Emerald in 2018)

3 Lesser Twayblade at usual area to south of sitheans

one had a flowering stalk but my camera lens was steamed up.


2nd
: 1 Volucella bombylans (first of the year) below concrete ramp in Treshnish wood

1st: 1-2 Sparrowhawk seen morning and evening
1 male Bullfinch at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
1 new Narrow-leaved Helleborine (non flowering) above road through Treshnish wood

1 possible Lesser Twayblade (non flowering) near Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

 July 4, 2020

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