Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SOC Cree Valley Woods 8th May 2010

A beautiful day for our SOC Wildlife Walks in the Cree Valley Woodlands.

We met in the RSPB Wood of Cree carpark in the morning. Unfortunately the bluebells were later than expected this year so were not quite out.

Bird species seen or hear in the morning included:

Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Robin, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Dipper, Pied Flycatcher, Greattit, Wood Warbler, Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coaltit, Goldfinch,Bluetit. Also spotted were Roe Deer, Orange Tip Butterfly, Small White Butterfly, Peacock Butterfly and Dor Beetles.

After a picnic lunch we headed down the valley to Knockman Wood for an afternoon walk.

Bird species seen or heard included Coaltit, Bluetit, Greattit, Siskin, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Carion Crow, Whinchat, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Mistlethrush, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Treecreeper, Pied Flycatcher, Wren, Goldcrest, Rook, Chiffchaff & Pheasant. A Red Squirrel was also seen near the carpark.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In the Garden 5th/6th May 2010

These 2 were fighting and managed to knock themselves silly against the window, both recovered ok

Marsh Marigolds out by the burn

Greenfinch hiding in the apple tree

Fungi on a tree

Tree flowers against a blue sky

Mike ringing a Redpoll

Female Redpoll

Kirsty ringing Redpoll

Male Redpoll

Smile for the camera!!


Female Goldfinch

Above Chapel Finian 1st May 2010


View towards the Scars

Reed Bunting

Dry stane dyke

Couldnt quite see the Isle of Man in the mist

South Rhins


This little lamb didnt see us coming...

...then couldnt find its mummy!

Linnet on gorse

Fluffy coo

Down by the shore

Port William

A boat called Sam


Shelducks and gulls

Friday, May 21, 2010

Southern Upland Way 1st May 2010


Meadow Pipit


..and more grass

Reed Bunting

Highlight of the day was watching these beautiful Emporor Moths mating

The female is less colourful than the male

Dark Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Drinker Moth Caterpillar

Pellet with brightly coloured beetles

Green Hairstreak Butterfly

My first Whinchat!