Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Southern Upland Way, Glenwhan Moor Easter Sunday 2011

We went up on the moors as it was a lovely day, to look for Green Hairstreaks and Emperor Moths. We werent dissapointed but unfortunately didnt get a photo of the Emperors as they wouldnt settle so here is some I took at the same spot on 1st May last year.
Emperors mating.

Male Emperor.

Female Emperor

Lots of Warblers about Willow, Sedge, Chiffchaff and Grasshopper heard

Female Whinchat?

Rove Beetle

Meadow Pipit


Spider (larinioides-cornutus) eating Large Red Damselfly

Female Large Red Damselfly

Dozens of Green Hairstreak butterflies about

Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar

Drinker Moth caterpillar-lots of these about!

These are both Dark Tussock Moth caterpillars at different stages

Lots of Common Heath moths about

..and two adders seen!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Southern Upland Way, Knockquhassen Easter Saturday 2011

Out doing a BTO Bird Atlas TTV.

Just outside the car this Willow Warbler was singing beautifully and displaying. Bluebells almost out.


Chaffinch carrying food

Green Veined White on Red Campion

Willow Warbler

Pied Wagtail

Reassurance from mum

Lazing in the Spring sunshine

Ash flowers

Apple blossom

Warblers everywhere!

First Whitethroat of the year

Orb spider in nest

Mating adders-brilliant!

The male is much smaller and beautifully marked





Cuddly Coo!

Linnet on gorse

Meadow Pipit

Green Hairstreak

Greylags with young on Knockquhassen Reservoir

Warblers displaying

Reflected jetty

North Rhins wind farm

Sparkling water and boat

After a couple of hazy days it is so clear we can see Ailsa Craig and Arran beyond

The mouth of Loch Ryan


Playtime for the lambs

Sedge Warbler hiding in the undergrowth