October 2007

October 3
Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar: 1 near Treshnish Old School House
Small Wainscot moth: 1 came to window of Treshnish Old School House, 3 (thick ones) came to light-trap
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 9 by Treshnish Old School House
Red-line Quaker moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Angle Shades moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Chestnut moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 4
Bright-line Brown-eye moth caterpillar: 1 found under a spinach leaf at Treshnish veggie garden, is being reared and entered soil presumably to pupate on 10 October
October 5
Hen Harrier: 1 juvenile was photographed near Treshnish headland (RD)
Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar: 1 on wall of Treshnish Old School House (Leena)
Records (highlights) of NB between 29 Sept-5 Oct (‘most we’re during either the Monday or the Thursday’) from Treshnish Farm ‘and surrounding area.’ Further comments by e-mail in italics
Great Northern Diver (floating on the sea in front of the farm house-Wednesday)
Manx Shearwater (possibly a Sooty)
Red Grouse (up on the hill behind West Cottage, close to the big cairn on the to- Male heard him calling before i saw him-Monday)
Golden Eagle (on the rocks in front of West Cottage, saw it Monday and Thursday morning – Thursday was mobbed by two ravens)
Peregrine (cliffs above port Haunn strafing the starlings)
Merlin (flying past the farm house at Treshnish, towards public road- Lovely little male and pipits)
Hen Harrier (all over the peninsula, must have seen her 10-15 times during the week. Hen Harrier was the same female each time -white bar over her rump, floating flight- and was working an area between the Farm house, the big hill at the western end of Treshnish over looking the sea and the Hill with the trig point behind the farm)
Little Auk (a way out to sea, but was stretching its neck as L A’s do, so 90%)
Black-headed Gull (two floating on the breeze at the bay South of West Cottage-Heads were in winter white)
Rook (on the road to Calgary flying along the cliff to the left-Wednesday- grey crop obvious so pretty sure)
Fieldfare (2 or 3, telegraph wires on the way to Calgary. I also saw a flock of about 30+ Redwings down at Grass point near Craignure)
Linnet
Otter (Port Haunn, Wednesday)
Mink (Port Haunn rocks, Wednesday)
Mountain Hare (under my car in the west parking space!!! Wednesday)
Common Shrew
Field Vole
Pipistrelle Bat (47khz) (had my Bat detector and think its a male in the Middle Cottage roof -I’m a bat ecologist in my day job)
Whiskered/Brandt’s Bat (commuting past West cottage on Sunday Night N to S – very myotid flight pattern)
Adder (Monday East side on Beinn Duill)
Common Lizard
Common Hawker dragonfly (pools in front of Farm House by the ruined building)
Black Darter dragonfly (pools in front of Farm House by the ruined building-I think on the Wednesday?)
Peacock butterfly (ruined house next to West Cottage)
October 6
Small Autumnal moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 4 by Treshnish Old School House
Red-line Quaker moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Northern Deep-brown Dart moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 7
Hen Harrier: 1 female flew over Treshnish wood towards and eastwards over Ensay Burn (NM3548)
Kittiwake: 20 in Calgary Bay
Thrush sp. 5 possible Redwings flew over Treshnish wood
Common Marbled Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
November Moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Autumn Green Carpet moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Angle Shades moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Chestnut moth: 3 by Treshnish Old School House
Highland Darter: 2 near Treshnish Old School House
October 9
White-tailed Eagle: pair of adults soaring over Dervaig viewpoint near the burial-ground. The birds were seen from the entrance gate to Quinish so it was hard to give a precise location
Hen Harrier: 1 female near Quinish standing-stone (NM414552)
Common Teal: about 10 at Dervaig
Common Hawker dragonfly: 1 on edge of Quinish wood north of Quinish House
Red-line Quaker moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 4 by Treshnish Old School House
Small Wainscot moth: 1 (thin) by Treshnish Old School House
Brindled Ochre moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 11
Otter: 1 near Treshnish boathouse (Dirk & Suzanne)
Feathered Thorn moth: 4 by Treshnish Old School House
Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Autumn Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Angle Shades moth: 3 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 6 by Treshnish Old School House
Small Wainscot moth: 8 by Treshnish Old School House
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 5 by Treshnish Old School House
October 12
Whooper Swan: 6 flying over Treshnish lochan (SC)
[Merlin: 2 flying towards Caliach Point, 1 turned towards Treshnish Point flying above the sea a little way out from the coast, the other was ‘lost.’ No bins]
Barn Swallow: 1 seen several times around Treshnish House and cottages, there may have been more than one bird
October 13
Barn Swallow: 1 at Treshnish House
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 at Treshnish House
October 14
Red Admiral butterfly: 1-2 at Treshnish Old School House
Feathered Thorn moth: 8 by Treshnish Old School House
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Small Wainscot moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 15
Golden Eagle: 2 on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
October 16
Geese sp.: flock flying in distance from Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Golden Eagle: 2 on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Red Grouse: 1 near pond above Treshnish lochan
[Wheatear: 1+ (WD & TD)]
October 17
Golden Eagle: 1-2 at Haunn cottages
Peregrine Falcon: 1 at Haunn cottages
Geese sp.: 70 flying south over Treshnish Old School House in morning, 300 within 1 hour flying over Treshnish House towards dusk (1 amongst 1 of the flocks was half the size of the others)
Barnacle/Brent Goose: 32 flying over Treshnish House towards dusk
October 18
Red Grouse: 2 near cairn on cliffs above Port Haunn
Mink: 1 on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Autumnal Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 19
Golden Eagle: 2 on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Hen Harrier: ‘pair (of juveniles)-regularly hunting in front of house’ (Middle cottage, Haunn) between 3-19 Oct (KH & SK)
Sparrowhawk: ‘regularly hunting in front of house’ (Middle cottage, Haunn) between 3-19 Oct (KH & SK)
Whooper Swan: on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Greylag Goose: on Treshnish farm (WD & TD), 3 in field near Middle cottage, Haunn (KH & SK)
Owl sp.: on Treshnish farm (WD & TD)
Long-tailed Tit: 1 on fuschia beside Middle cottage, Haunn (KH & SK)
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 near Middle cottage, Haunn (KH & SK)
Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Feathered Thorn moth: 7 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 3 by Treshnish Old School House
Red-line Quaker moth: 2 (1 was very small 13-14mm forewing length)
Autumnal Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 20
Epirrita sp. moth: 5 by Treshnish Old School House
Feathered Thorn moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Small Wainscot moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Black Rustic moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
October 21
Hen Harrier: male and female ‘moor opp. T’mhor cottage’ (D)
Mountain Hare: 1 near Treshnish boathouse
October 22
Hen Harrier: male and female ‘moor opp. T’mhor cottage’ (D)
October 23
Hen Harrier: male and female ‘moor opp. T’mhor cottage’ (D)
Golden Eagle: ‘gully by stunted wood, headland’ (Dorian)
Sand Martin: 1 seen several times above Treshnish wood

October 20-23
Hen Harrier: ‘2/3 sightings of juvenile [probably ‘moor opp. T’mhor cottage’] (D)

October 24
Hen Harrier: 1 female to west of Treshnish boathouse
Feathered Thorn moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 4 by Treshnish Old School House
October 25
Hen Harrier: 1 by Treshnish House (silhouette only, so unsexed)
Golden Plover: 2 above field in front of Toechtamhor
Redwing: 1 by cow-barn
October 26
Hen Harrier: 1 ‘ring-tail’ by Treshnish House (Prasad). The guests at Toechtamhor (G) said they had seen Hen Harrier every day (between 20-26 October) and that they had seen a male on 20th and at least one juvenile in this period
Fieldfare: 1 by cow-barn
Redwing: 7-11 by cow-barn
October 27
Hen Harrier: female at Calgary Bay (CP & NP)
Mountain Hare: 1 by Haunn cottages
Frog species: large frog (it jumped rather than walked). Yellow with clear thick black line on side of head and large black well spaced spots on its back)
Epirrita sp. moth: 1 came to window by Treshnish Old School House
October 28
Golden Eagle: juvenile, possibly 1/2 back of Reudle Old schoolhouse – Larach Mhor (CP & NP)
Feathered Thorn moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
The Brick moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 7 by Treshnish Old School House
October 29
Golden Eagle: juvenile, possibly 1/2 fields between Treshnish and Haunn (CP & NP)
Swan sp. ‘V of swans heading west from Calgary Bay’ (CP & NP)
Barnacle Goose: ‘flight heading west from Mornish’ (CP & NP)
Epirrita sp. moth: 10 by Treshnish Old School House
October 30
December Moth: 4 by Treshnish Old School House
Mottled Umber moth: 3 by Treshnish Old School House
Feathered Thorn moth: 36 by Treshnish Old School House
Green-brindled Crescent moth: 2 by Treshnish Old School House
Yellow-line Quaker moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Grey Pine carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Autumnal Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish Old School House
Epirrita sp. moth: 50 by Treshnish Old School House

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