Sunday, April 07, 2013
Auchie Glen to Maryport via Portankill - 6th April 2013
We left a snow covered N Rhins to see if it was a bit more Spring like on the S Rhins. Once we reached the south there was no snow at all and it was a beautiful sunny day.
We stopped to take this Roe Deer shot on the way
We parked at the top of Auchie Glen and immediately heard and saw Yellowhammers
Start of the footpath down the glen.
Plenty of daffodils out, only wish they were wild ones!
Yellowhammer, the glen was alive with birdsong, but no warblers yet!
We saw plenty of Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, Wrens, Dunnocks and Chaffinches. Mammals seen included a Fox, Brown Hare, Roe Deer and fresh Mole activity.
Down at Portankill Bay we disturbed some Roe Deer
A beautiful day!
Common Whelk egg case
We decided to carry on along the coast to Maryport as we hadn't done this short stretch of the Mull of Galloway Trail
Looking back towards Portankill…
…and the Mull of Galloway
Our first Bumblebee of the year, a Buff Tail queen
Blackthorn just coming out
Rove beetle- Carrion Beetle (Creophilus maxillosus)
The beech house Maryport
Large fossil I think
Mark on rock, wonder how old this is?
Looking towards The Machars, still a bit of snow about there
Back at Portankill and the view towards the Mull is a bit clearer now
Beetle Aphodius (Aphodius) fimetarius
Hazelnut nibbled by a Wood Mouse
Some of the trees are starting to shoot but have got caught by the frost
Mull of Galloway with the snow covered hills of the Isle of Man beyond (click on picture to see larger image)
Zoomed in to show a snowy Isle of Man
A lovely walk in the spring sunshine, although we saw quite a lot of wildlife, we did vist on the same weekend last year and everything was much further advanced. The vegetation had grown more, the butterflies were about and the Warblers had arrived! More details here