Aug 042020

12th: 1 Bullfinch at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

: 1 Willow Warbler at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and BullfinchesLong-tailed Tits and juvenile Sparrowhawks heard in Treshnish wood.

1 Common Lizard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

: 1+ Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat

and 1 Blackcap

at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.


Found an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar in our garden whilst weeding. Not sure if it was in the soil or on the cabbages. It is the first time I’ve seen the larvae.

When it moves it shows the ‘elephant trunk’.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Ensay Burn tributary junction.

A probable Mellinus arvensis Field Digger Wasp bringing a fly back to its nest burrow at Ensay Burn tributary junction. I think it caught the fly right in front of me as I was taking photos of the fly right before. I think I even know the fly species if I manage to find time to look through my folders. The wasp holds the fly under its body in flight then reverses back into its burrow dragging the fly with it.

: Whitethroat heard, 24+ Swallows, 1+ Willow Warbler, 2+ Bullfinches, 2 Greenfinches Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and  presumably same 2 Bullfinches later near the eucalyptus.

1 fledgling Sparrowhawk at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse flying at the Swallows and obviously thinking they were just going to drop down dead and fly into her mouth.

6+ Long-tailed Tits at cliffs south of Ensay Burn mouth.

More to follow

8th: Whitethroat at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and Ensay Burn cattle-grid
Long-tailed Tit heard Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
Fledgling Sparrowhawks getting a bit more adventurous and flying a bit more around the nest area in the wood.
1+ Bullfinch at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

A juvenile and 2 parent redpolls were thought to be Common Redpolls. If confirmed will be first proof of breeding here.
The male

and juvenile with female

and male

1 newt crossing the road near our septic tank. I have only seen one once before on Mull and so I didn’t know how to identify it. I should have tried to pick it up and look at its throat (spooted or not). It is more likely to be Palmate Newt which is more common in area in and around Mull.

1 Didea fasciata (confirmed) a new hoverfly for Mull, near Ensay Burn cattle-grid.

The little white round thing in the centre of the zoomed in photo (haltere) separates it from the Nationally Scarce and local Didea intermedia.

1 Abia (Zaraea) fasciata Honeysuckle Sawfly (confirmed) in front of Treshnish Old Schoolhouse, a new sawfly for me and the furthest north record of NBN Atlas.

More to follow

7th: Willow Warbler heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

6th: 2 Greenfinches at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
2 Wheatears below Ensay farmhouse

Willow Warbler heard at Black Park.

.First sunny day for ages but it was windy (south-easterly) so looked for shelter in Black Park.
1 male blood bee, probably Geoffoy’s Blood Bee

and probably its host species, 1 male small metallic furrow bee without white tarsi so probably Turquoise Furrow Bee in Black Park quarry.

1 Fabricius’s Nomad Bee (second brood) at Black Park quarry. Also 1-3 mining bees but they were too flighty to get a shot. If they were the host of the Fabricius’s Nomad Bee then they were probably Gwynne’s Mining Bee.

5th: Willow Warbler heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

3rd: At least 3 fledged Sparrowhawks in Treshnish wood

6-10 Long-tailed Tits in Treshnish wood
Bullfinch heard in flight in Treshnish wood

2nd: Bullfinch heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
Bullfinch heard at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse
1 Blackcap at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse

2 Spotted Flycatchers (including 1 recently fledged) at the Treshnish wood Ensay Burn bridge.

Recently fledged Wren at Ensay Burn cattle-grid.

1 Treecreeper near the Treshnish wood Ensay Burn bridge.

1 possible male Tormentil Mining Bee at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

1 male Norwegian Wasp out front of Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.

1+ Leucozona glaucia (first of the year) and 1 Volucella bombylans between Treshnish Old Schoolhouse and the concrete ramp and male and female Leucozona glaucia near insect hotel .

A butterfly which I thought was a Large White. Now I’m not sure it isn’t a faded Green-veined White.

1st: 1 Willow Warbler at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse


 August 4, 2020

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