Monday, April 16, 2018

Dalgety Bay - is it spring?

Lawnmowers a-go-go round our way at the weekend and I managed to swish a few flying critters from the back garden. We've been here before though so I expect snow by the end of the week!

Prior to that I finally scored a butterfish, which I saw on almost every trip to the coast last spring, and a lovely hermit crab with passenger. Also my 49th moss - Funaria hygrometrica. This is, in part, due to acquiring some papilio close-focus binoculars which can focus down to about 18 inches and which allow for scanning areas of ground very close to me without grovelling around peering over my glasses. Imagine carrying a low power stereo microscope - it's like that. If I were you I'd get some. Or at least add them to my wish list! They work at least ok at distance too.

(edit: chucked Monday lunchtime on there too - spring definitely sprung with Big Bee Fly! Nice trickle of Mipits north too)

Hermit and hydroid

Funaria hygrometrica


Early Grey

596 flowering plant Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
597 fungus Peniophora lycii A corticioid fungus
598 moss Plagiomnium rostratum Long-beaked Thyme-moss
599 fern Phyllitis scolopendrium Hart's-tongue
600 fungus Rhopographus filicinus Bracken Map
601 moss Funaria hygrometrica A moss
602 fern Pteridium aquilinum Bracken
603 flowering plant Veronica filiformis Slender Speedwell
604 cnidarian Hydractinia echinata A hydroid
605 mollusc Cepea nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail
606 crustacean Pagurus bernhardus Hermit Crab
607 fish Pholis gunnellus Butterfish
608 diptera Melangyna lasiophthalma A hoverfly
609 lep-moth Xylocampa areola Early Grey
610 hymenoptera Andrena bicolor Gwynne's Mining Bee
611 hymenoptera Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee
612 flowering plant Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell
613 diptera Bombylius major Bee Fly
614 coleoptera Adalia bipunctata 2-spot Ladybird
615 hymenoptera Bombus pratorum Garden Bumblee
616 bird Linaria cannabina Linnet


  1. Butterfish sounds good. Do you get them on Skye?

    1. Commonest fish I see. I kid ye not - loads!

    2. If you could set aside a Monty's sea snail that would be jolly nice

  2. In last year's square you would measure them by the pound!