Managed to hit 600 before month end, which was my goal for April. After a couple of nice warm days the weather has turned crap again with cold winds and lots of wet (and occasionally frozen) stuff dominating both days and nights of late. The moth trap filled with rain twice but defied being blown away again after I moved it to a slightly more sheltered spot. But I have snuck out and about a few times, usually with a woolly hat on my head - definitely no swishing of my butterfly or sweep nets just yet! The Glaucous Gull was on the beach again today, looking slightly odd with a small flock of Sand Martins wheeling over the waves just behind it.
|This trunk is a fly magnet (when the sun shines....)|
|Cheilosia pagana from that very tree trunk - note the zygoma, common to all Cheilosia|
|A stonefly on a...um...stone!|
|That big plate thing over-reaching the 8th sternite makes it a female Nemoura cinerea|
|Puccinia tumida on Pignut - I'm seeing quite a bit of this lately|
The light trap has only been run twice in the last week, still a handful of Ophion scutellaris and Ophion obscuratus to be found, moths have pretty much dwindled to just a few Noctuid species with Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab making up the bulk of the catch. Red Chestnut is seemingly almost over, Early Grey too. Did manage this smart fella though
|Early Tooth-striped - just had two of these so far|
Up at the Sphagnum bog I came across several of these hairy beasties
|This is what my beard looks like nowadays - which is why I've started shaving again|
Also, it just wouldn't be spring on the croft without these guys!
|Scathophaga stercoraria busy making more Scathophaga stercoraria|
So that's me up to 604 species and I've still to see a butterfly this year. Cuckoo song can be heard wafting down from the hill above the house, though I've yet to clap eyes on it yet. Corncrake is back on Skye, one was heard a few days back on another part of the island. Will this be the year I have one in the square? Oh - almost forgot, had my 100th bird species for the square earlier this week. Twite, four of them drinking at a puddle just 30ft away. Lovely, it's not often I get to use the expression "flocking Twite" in context :)