Monday, 28 July 2014
Mike Powell, David Gilmore and I spent 3 days in Scotland last week.
Skye was our first stop for the two rare Burnets at Talisker, both were
seen well in the sunshine and the weather stayed sunny and hot for the
whole trip. Mike had forgot to get fuel for the generator so the first nights
trapping at Kylerhea only lasted 55 minutes with very little coming to the
traps. The second night we trapped at Corrieshalloch gorge, just south of
Ullapool and a very busy night followed. Good numbers of moths were
seen (i'm sure Jake has more details on numbers) including Heath rivulet,
Beech green carpet, Barred carpet, Dotted carpet, Lempke's gold spot,
Ruddy highflyer, Welsh wave and Rhopobota ustomaculana.
The third night found us 1900ft up Cairngorm near Aveimore and
hundreds of moths came to the traps including an incredible 200+ True
lovers knot. Also seen were Scarce silver Y, Cousin german, Double dart,
Pale eggar, Pretty pinion and Gold spangle.
We also saw Golden eagles, White tailed sea eagles, Ospreys, Twite,
a male Red backed shrike, Red and Black throated divers, Hooded crow,
Scottish crossbill, Scotch argus, Large heath, Northern marsh orchids,
Creeping ladies tresses, Common seal, Otter, Mountain hare and, best
of all, a cracking Pine Marten close up in the headlights of the car for
at least a minute.
Posted by Paul Parsons at 01:30