Wednesday 30 July 2008

Wed 30th July

Donald James MacPhee was on the phone to me at lunchtime today to say that he had seen the Osprey earlier on this morning flying away from Loch Gorm, carrying a fish and being mobbed by a black backed Gull! A quick look at the top of Loch Indaal this afternoon produced 9 Turnstone.
Malcolm had spent Sunday and Monday with some visiting botanists, carrying out a survey of the plants of wetlands along the line of the old river on RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve. Apart from the plants, they saw 3 Hen Harriers in the air at the same time, many frogs and a few toads. Up to 50 Green-veined White butterflies could be seen at one time, many in mating pairs, together with a few Small Whites, also Small Copper, Common Blue, Ringlet and Meadow Brown. 2 Marsh Fritillary caterpillar webs were found. Common, Blue, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies were frequent and there were several sightings of Common Hawker Dragonfly and one of Common Darter.

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