Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)

Thu 3 Mar 2011

Decide it's warmed up enough to open the bedroom window a little, and what do you get?

Emmelina monodactyla   Agriopis marginaria

Common Plume Moth on the wall and Dotted Border on the ceiling.  Also had two Mottled Greys at the front of the building.

Mon 7 Mar 2011 Oban

Alnus glutinosa, buds and catkins

Alder buds and catkins

Mon 14 Mar 2011 Taynuilt

Anas penelope

Widgeon grazing beside Loch Etive, near the mouth of the River Awe.  They have been here all winter but will soon be leaving for their summer quarters.

Anas penelope

Out on the water both sexes did a lot of wing-waving and foot-splashing which I presume is some kind of courtship display.

Cygnus olor & C cygnus

There are Mute Swans here all winter too, and recently they have been joined by a Whooper Swan but keep trying to drive it away.  The more they chase it, the more determined it is to stay with them.

Cygnus olor juvenile

We don't want your kind around here...


Cygnus cygnus

But I just want to be friends!

Thu 17 Mar 2011

Biston strataria

Latest visitor to the house - Oak Beauty.  Posed on cardboard for photo, then released.

Saw a live hedgehog crossing the main road at Taynuilt.  Hope it survived, they have been very scarce around here since the hard winter of 2009-10.

Sat 19 Mar 2011

Cervus elaphus

Red Deer stag lazing in the sun at Inverawe, with head ornamentation almost rivalling that of the above moth.  However, if you look closely, another stag behind him is contributing to his impressive tally of points.

Sun 20 Mar 2011

Agonopterix ocellana

This tiny moth, Agonopterix ocellana, came through the window and landed on the curtain.


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